Smithfield Market
Smithfield Market
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12:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Friday
12:00 AM - 7:00 AM
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Clerkenwell
Owing to its proximity to Smithfield Market – the site of an ancient meat market which remains in operation today – Clerkenwell boasts a plethora of globally renowned restaurants, fabulous local eateries, and some of London's favorite pubs. This isn't merely a focal point for all things foodie though. Spend enough time wondering through the area's maze of streets and you might become accustomed to the litany of slinky models passing between Clerkenwell's handful of fashion houses. Far outnumbering the models are craftspeople and designers, many of them are more than happy to welcome visitors into their studios and showrooms.
How to get there
  • Barbican • 4 min walk
  • Farringdon • 4 min walk
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4.0 of 5 bubbles88 reviews
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C P
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Avoid ABBIJOE Ltd number 47, me and my partner visited Smithfield Market for the first time and was completely shocked and disappointed at the utter rudeness of the staff at Abbijoe Ltd. The gentleman had absolutely no customer service skills and when enquiring about the cost per kg for lamb cutlets was exceptionally rude. I did not want to purchase from them as I refuse to let my hard earned cash go to the hands of people who have no manners or human decency. We decided to walk away and the man serving us shouted at us to not come back and we definitely will not and I do not recommend anyone else to purchase from them either. I hate to think that we was treated in such a way because we were black but there are many other polite and helpful butchers in Smithfield Market. It is a shame one bad butcher can tarnish your experience which was the case.
Written 5 August 2020
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK2,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Still very much a working meat market. We visited as part of a walking tour in the area.

Get there before 10.00 if you want to see the meat sellers in action.

Great architecture.

Recommended if in the area.
Written 27 October 2020
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sonzzell
Stoke Poges, UK91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Great experience. Opened to the public at 12 midnight until 7am We went to get the Christmas Turkey and a Fore-rib of Beef both delicious.
This market did get very busy so to avoid disappointment I would recommend you get there before 1 am , as once its gone its gone .
Written 4 January 2024
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Morgan
London, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
I am not the biggest meat lover, some stalls were not for me.

All traders are very friendly but it’s really about choice.

At Christmas it was hectic with customers. Be patient you will get served.
There were a lot of stalls with pre orders.

- I will visit again for meat (BBQ, Christmas, Occasions)

I brought from:

James Burden Ltd
The guys were so helpful, really knowledgable, they have multiple stores in the market, very clean.
I was happy thank you.

Written 28 January 2020
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Nicki
London, UK7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Solo
Went here yesterday at 5am . Got a 2.7kg of fillet beef which was vacumn packed . Got home and opened it up to cut up and freeze and keep some fresh for dinner . On opening the smell was over welming but looked fine . Froze main bit and put the fillet steaks I cut in the fridge for the next morning. This morning I've gone to cook and the steaks I have cut are now bluey green and smell awful . Can anyone tell me if this is normal for fresh vacumned beef or have I been robbed of my hard earned cash
Written 10 November 2018
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Iain D
Phnom Penh, Cambodia28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Solo
It was my 4th visit last week, and it just gets better. This is because I have got to know where to buy what I want, I have a few favourite traders and have learnt a few rules.
#1 Know what you want
#2,walk up and down the entire length before buying anything.
#3 Ask prices per KG - and walk away
#4 Be very careful of anything with a flat price - insist on a per KG price
#5 Know what the supermarket prices are.

The bulk of the trade is done early and at the back doors, the inner walkway is where retail punters go, and the prices go up to reflect that. BUT... find a trader that has too much of something and it can get cheap in a big hurry. So, follow the above rules and you will have a good chance of finding a bargain.
A recent example... 3 x Huge T-Bones @ 1 kilo EACH and 1.5Kg of fillet steak. £50 the lot.
Written 15 January 2017
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Patrick C
Eastbourne, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Business
I deliver meat to Smithfield market daily and some of the meat shops are the best around and alot cheaper than supermarket prices kilby is the best shop for beef also warman and gutteridge pork from James burden and chicken from Peter Thompson I must have saved 1000s by shopping here over the years 5 stars
Written 2 October 2018
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M4tthewuk
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Solo
The building itself is pretty interesting and populated by almost exclusively male traders you certainly get to experience proper London if you pay the market a visit. Traders are arranged down one long corridor, they have a stall at the front and behind is a large chiller area with in many cases hanging carcasses and so on. Best to get there by about 7am, although some stalls are open later you will get the best variety if you get there early. This is a commercial market aimed at restaurants and butchers but you can buy in smaller quantities too. Just keep in mind that small by Smithfields standards is still pretty large in most cases, so you are talking about chicken fillets in multiples of 5kg, whole sirloin, ribeye and fillet steaks (i.e. 5kg+), bacon in 2kg packs, sausages in 1.5kg packs. There are one or two stalls that sell meat cut to portions but I would imagine you pay a premium for this.

Some example prices: british chicken fillets £18 for 5kg, sirloin/ribeye steak £8/kg, whole duck £7+, dry cure bacon £9 for 1.5kg
Written 12 February 2015
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The honest customer
London, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
I went to Smithfield's for the first time this morning around 05:45.
90% of the stall were still open and I picked up some great deals.
10kg box of chicken legs £13
5.6kg Pork spare ribs £17
3kg lamb chops £20

I did not even pay too much attention to the beef products as I would have spent way too much!
if you have not been get yourself down there.

Don't forget to shop around
Written 30 June 2017
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physio_b
Congresbury, UK90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The early bird catches the worm.... Or should that be the best cuts!!!

To get here at 3-6am finds you in the thick of the market. There are plenty of choices and specialists to choose from and the deals you can get are for sure worth the early rise.

The issue I have is that there really isn't any niceties in this market it's full of alpha males and the signage for prices is vacant in most stalls. Due to the strong attitudes it can be intimidating to ask questions.

Saying that after a couple visits I've learnt who sells the stuff I'm after so it's a case of "in and out as quick as possible"

Try it out, it won't be everyone's cup of tea but if you can hang with the crowd it's a money saver and worth the ridiculous morning rise.
Written 24 September 2014
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