Billingsgate Fish Market
Billingsgate Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the UK, and one of the largest seafood markets in the world. Today, Billingsgate Market serves as the source of supply for a large portion of London fishmongers, seafood suppliers, and restaurants. The market consists of traders selling a wide portfolio of fresh and frozen seafood from all over the world. It is estimated that Billingsgate sells fish worth between 200 and 300 million GBP annually.
Market Location and Opening
Billingsgate Market is now based in Poplar, right in from of Canary Wharf in East London. The market is open for trade from Tuesday to Saturday from 4 am to 8:30 am. Traders in the market start coming in between 1 am and 4 am to prep their shops. A large portion of the Billingsgate seafood is supplied in bulk to seafood merchants. The market is also open for public customers looking for fresh amazing seafood at the best possible price.
Origin of Billingsgate Market
The origin of the market dates back to the 14th century. Billingsgate Wharf in London became a centre for independent fish merchants. The boats would land in the wharf, and the traders would sell products from the fishing boats. In 1698, an Act of Parliament made Billingsgate an official free market for the sale of seafood products. The market was given special rights and licenses enabling a large control of the London seafood market. A proper building for the market was opened in 1850. However, it was demolished less than 25 years later to be replaced by a more fit for purpose market hall building. This project was started in 1874 and officially opened its doors in 1877.
Relocation of Billingsgate Fish Market
In 1982, the market relocated to its current site in Poplar, Tower Hamlets. The relocation was to make the market more accessible by road as well as providing more storage space for the traders. The old Billingsgate market building is currently being operated as venue space and is a Grade 2 listed building and considered a historic London landmark.
Billingsgate Market Today
Since its origin, the market has changed in many areas. In the early days, the market was focused on fresh fish straight from the boats. London and the UK has become more internationally cultured and diverse. Therefore, the market has been demanding more international seafood species. Additionally, increases in airline travel have made it easier for Billingsgate traders to bring in fresh exotic fish from all over the world. During recent years, industry innovation in processing and freezing techniques have made frozen seafood extremely sought after. Frozen seafood represents a large portion of the trade of Billingsgate. The market offers an impressive selection of amazing frozen intricacies from all over the world.
wharfseafood.co.uk IN BILLINGSGATE MARKET
wharfseafood.co.uk has been a part of the Billingsgate Market since 2018. Originally, Wharfseafood was established as a specialised King Prawn distributor selling to Billingsgate traders and London fishmongers. Throughout 5 years, we have focused on improving quality and cost by sourcing directly from farms in Ecuador. This has led to an excellent product with a farm to fork supply chain.
With the current difficulties caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have partnered up with the traders of the market to offer their products online. This means that you can stay safe at home and order from the wide Billingsgate product portfolio and get the fish delivered to your door.