Postedby Alice Gardner Posted in Through the Lens / Uncategorized Smithfield & Billingsgate; Worth waking up for. February 20, 2019 1 minute read 0 Comments share Smithfield’s meat market, the only remaining wholesale market in continuous operation since the Mediaeval period.The market has occupied this area – once known as Smooth Field – since the C10th when the area’s good access to grazing and water saw London’s first livestock market founded.Butchers prepare the meat throughout the night, ready for the market to open at 2am.Sir Horace Jones designed the market in the late C19th, complete with underground tunnels through which the livestock would be brought directly into the market.Meat is brought from all over the country – and the world – for wholesale to London’s top restaurants. Here, a butcher explains what to look for in a good cut of meat.Billingsgate Market, the UK’s largest inland fish market, relocated to Poplar in 1982 from its original C17th open air riverside location (which was, in the C19th, the largest fish market in the world.)It was only in 1877 that the market was brought ‘indoors’, housed in a stunning Italianate-style building on Thames Street designed by Sir Horace Jones (who had also designed Smithfield’s.)The coarse language of London’s fishmongers gave cause for the word ‘Billingsgate’ to be used as slang when referring to vulgar language. Listen carefully, and you’ll still hear some colourful language being slung around the market.The writer George Orwell once worked in the market here during the 1930s, as did the Krays in the 1950s.The only people allowed to move fish around the market are the Fish Porters, a role that has existed since the reign of Henry VIII.Open from 4am, allow the aromas from the deep wake you up!Over 25,000 tonnes of fish is sold every year.