Walk from Piccadilly Circus towards Fortnum’s and The Ritz and there, on your left, poking through the railings of St James’s Church, is a vine. It arches over one of the best stalls on Piccadilly Market — De Angeli Design (Bespoke Leathercraft/Made to Measure Belts) — bathing it in a soft green light.
Piccadilly Market, in the courtyard of St James’s Church Piccadilly, is often referred to as a ‘hidden gem.’ But gems should be worn. They should sparkle and give pleasure. They should not be hidden away.
When someone Googles ‘london markets’ or ‘london street markets’ Piccadilly Market should appear near the top of the search result. It has, after all, existed since 1981.
People can then visit, enjoy the market, tell their friends, eat their lunch in the beautiful gardens, attend a concert, walk round the church, discover that William Blake was baptised there in 1757, and attend a church service. But they need to know about it.