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London Street Markets Walk

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| 3 hours


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Category: Tours
Duration: 3 hours
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
Small group ensures personal service
London`s ancient food markets play an integral role in the development of the city.  In this three hour tour around three characteristic local street markets we look at the ways markets have changed, are changing and we consider prospects for survival.  The tour highlights not only the markets but the architecture of the markets and includes some of the most heroic architectural market gems by Fowler, Rose and others.

The tour also references traditional British food and drink and exposes visitors (who have never tasted fish and chips) to fresh local fish traditionally prepared.  The same goes for scones, jam and cream as well as the local brew (ale or lager)  The cockney traders too make for an interesting spectacle and we often catch traders hawking produce in the old way.  The tour aims to give visitors an insight into a London long past its sell-by date and just hanging in there before being completely expunged by gentrification and redevelopment.
Guided tour with travel writer, filmmaker, courier Sandra Shevey.  Sandra`s blog Markets/Market Towns was shortlisted for the 2017 Uk Business Travel Journalism Awards.  Her film on London street markets is widely screened, most recently at the Portobello Film Festival in London (`films we love`)  http://markettowns.wordpress.com and http://sandrashevey.tripod.com
3 markets, 3 hrs from a rota of 15 ancient markets across 33 London boroughs 
Option to sample traditional English food and drink including Chelsea buns, steak and kidney pudding, scones with marmalade and cream
Christmas Eve Day tour at no supplement
No single supplement
Small groups
Travelcard or Oyster card
Food and drinks
Gratuities (optional)
Purchase of Sandra`s 30 min dvd on London`s ancient street markets...£30 direct from Sandra


Meeting point
Central London


Jan 2017

It would have made more sense to run the tours while the markets were opened, still it was an interesting fact finding walk.
Started way too late for winter time.
I actually went back to the markets the next day to see them in action
Was I thought a bit expensive for what I got

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