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City of London gets planning permission for Dagenham markets move
City of London gets planning permission for Dagenham markets move

Plans by the City of London to move its three historic markets to a single site in Dagenham Dock took a step forward last night after Barking and Dagenham council approved planning permission for the new market building.

New images of Smithfield market redevelopment plans
New images of Smithfield market redevelopment plans

Updated concept images of the plans to revamp Smithfield markets have been shown off by the City of London.

Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages
Faulkner’s Alley, EC1 – London’s Alleys and Passages

This is an alley that many people pass walking to and from Farringdon station with an alluringly ornate ironwork grill and gate.

First concept designs for Smithfield Market cultural centre unveiled
First concept designs for Smithfield Market cultural centre unveiled

The historic Victorian Smithfield market is set to become part of a large cultural centre for London, sitting alongside a relocated Museum of London.

First image of the City of London’s planned Dagenham markets
First image of the City of London’s planned Dagenham markets

Plans to merge three of the City’s ancient markets to one location have moved ahead as the planning application was formally filed with the council.

The Museum of London’s new home – past, present and future
The Museum of London’s new home – past, present and future

Images have been released showing the proposed new home for the Museum of London in Smithfield, near Farringdon station.

City of London updates plans to move its markets to Dagenham
City of London updates plans to move its markets to Dagenham

A new public consultation is opening on the City of London’s plans to co-locate Billingsgate, New Spitalfields and Smithfield markets at a new site in Dagenham Dock.

Plans for a post-meat market Smithfield unveiled
Plans for a post-meat market Smithfield unveiled

With the City of London considering moving its historic meat market out of Smithfield, thoughts are turning to what could done with the empty buildings.

Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction
Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Earlier this morning, the annual Christmas Eve auction took place at Smithfields.

Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2019

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.

See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home
See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home

The Museum of London is set to move soon from its current home into a cluster of semi-derelict Victorian iron and 1960s concrete buildings.

A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market
A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market

Although Smithfields is still a functioning meat market, about half of the Victorian buildings are derelict and this weekend is a chance to go inside.

Smithfield meat market to move out of Central London
Smithfield meat market to move out of Central London

The City of London has confirmed what was pretty much already known, that Smithfield Meat Market is to leave its historic central London home.

London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Passage, EC1
London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Passage, EC1

This is a short alleyway that runs behind St-Bartholomew-the-Great Church, and in front of a very modern Livery Hall.

Photos from Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction
Photos from Smithfield’s annual Christmas Eve auction

Another year and Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve meat and turkey auction gets bigger and better.

City of London buys an old power station as a site for its food markets
City of London buys an old power station as a site for its food markets

The City of London has bought a huge plot of land next to Dagenham Dock, in a preemptive strike to stop other bidders getting their hands on the land.

London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Place, EC1
London’s Alleys: Bartholomew Place, EC1

This little courtyard set back from the street has an obscure history, but is thought to have a late medieval origin.

Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2018
Smithfield’s Christmas Eve meat auction returns for 2018

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.

Museum of London raises £15 million for new building
Museum of London raises £15 million for new building

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.

Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve auction is back
Smithfield’s famous Christmas Eve auction is back

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.

Faded memories of art on concrete blocks
Faded memories of art on concrete blocks

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.

Photos: Smithfield’s Xmas Eve Auction
Photos: Smithfield’s Xmas Eve Auction

Continuing the long tradition of selling off the surplus meats, Harts of Smithfield held their annual auction this morning.

Photos from Smithfield’s annual xmas eve auction
Photos from Smithfield’s annual xmas eve auction

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.

At Smithfield Meat Market’s annual Christmas Eve auction
At Smithfield Meat Market’s annual Christmas Eve auction

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.