Category Archives: Street Markets London

Dionysus on Piccadilly

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.

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Piccadilly Market Jubilee

Piccadilly Market at St James’s Church sprouted Jubilee flags this morning…

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…in preparation for the Big Event…

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… on Sat 2nd June to Tues 5th June. Here’s the view from the North side of Piccadilly:

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Yet looking east, towards Fortnum’s and The Ritz, where are the flags? Has London’s wealthiest area turned Republican?

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Where are the flags?

Street Markets London

Welcome to our sister site, Street Markets London, which aims to:

… tell the story of London’s covered, outdoor and street markets, including their history, location, goods sold, opening hours, plus news of notable events and traders.

Markets are where supply meets demand at a most basic level. Anyone with a few pounds in their pocket to rent a stall can set out their wares — supply — and discover if the public wants it — demand.

Derek Edward Trotter
Derek Edward Trotter

Street Markets London is a work in progress. All London’s major markets will be visited, photographed, and written about. There are a lot of them so it will take a while.

And then, because markets are dynamic, they’ll need to be visited again…

Piccadilly Market On the Map

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A Google revealed that Piccadilly Market appeared neither on the St James’s Church Wikipedia page nor on Wikipedia’s List of Markets in London. That has been rectified.


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.

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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.

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