This little courtyard set back from the street has an obscure history, but is thought to have a late medieval origin.
Good news for meat lovers and lovers of a meaty bargain as the exceptionally good fun Christmas Eve auction will return to Smithfield this year.
The Museum of London has secured an additional £15 million towards the £70 million it needs to raise to fund its new museum building in Smithfield.
The annual tradition is back, with lots of money waving, turkeys flying and meat parading in an excitingly good natured morning of protein rich delights.
Five years ago, a German street artist paid an overnight visit to Smithfield meat market and left behind a cluster of art, which is still there slowly decaying over time.
Continuing the long tradition of selling off the surplus meats, Harts of Smithfield held their annual auction this morning.
Another annual auction at Harts of Smithfield, keeping alive the old tradition in pre-refrigeration days of having to sell off the last of the stock on Christmas Eve as it couldn't be stored over the holidays.
Another year and another franticly good natured auction on the pavement -- and spilling onto the road -- outside the historic Smithfield's Meat Market, but also sadly the last time it will take place here.
Just on the edge of the City of London sits a little known collection of Elizabethan era buildings. Largely hidden from view by a high wall, and that there is no main road passing its gate house, Charterhouse Square has sat on this location since the era of the Black Death.
London's 800-year old meat market at Smithfield usually opens at 3am and usually closes by 7am as the city is overtaken by people more suited to city work than butchering -- but on Christmas Eve one butchers holds a very special event more suited to the average punter.