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Billinsgate market

Billinsgate market is a great fish market though the opening-closing times it is a sort of... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Williams D
Weird for a visit but that's what I did

Normal people go to purchase the fresh and varied fish (parrot fish, live eels, enormous oysters... read more

Reviewed October 4, 2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Billinsgate market is a great fish market though the opening-closing times it is a sort of handicap, however the prices are very good.

Thank Williams D
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

Normal people go to purchase the fresh and varied fish (parrot fish, live eels, enormous oysters). I got up stupidly early to ogle the seafood, and it was completely worth it. Mind you, good luck finding the main gate, but it's worth the stroll to see what they're all up to. By 7am or so, some vendors are packing it all up since they're sold out, but if this is your thing, it's a good place to see the variety of seafoods that the restaurants (and families) will be consuming in London.

2  Thank kcdenman
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

They sell all kind fresh seafood and price range not too expensive and most important is all are fresh.

Thank JR1707
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Fresh fish and good price a must see before they move the market. Need to go in early hours as it closes around 9

2  Thank Matyas R
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

I am a regular visitor to Billingsgate as the prices are amazing. The missus loves heads on prawns so I get the xxxl prawns £25 for 3 kilos. It works out I can freeze 10 bags if 12 prawns so £2.50 a bag that would cost £10 elsewhere. I also bought 3 large Sea bass for £10. I descale and gut them myself and either BBQ or cook with herbs. This time we bought 4 lobsters for £50 (Had to haggle) as well as side of salmon, octopus, whitebait and sea bream. It's all very cheap some sellers offer better quality and price so it's best to walk around and my advice is stick to the sellers in the middle as some of the side vendors you get a ticket and it takes ages to collect. Normally spend £150 A visit and have fish for 2 months so it's well worth it if you have the freezer space don't mind getting up early and enjoy a reasonable bit of haggling on £15+ purchases.

8  Thank Chris F
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

So its good when you go early around 4-5
Parking is a premium, with very tight space. Do not take nice cars!!

Price wise, you are sure to get similar price in local fishmongers, as they get a much better deal. Late comers, dont bother as you will be left with stinky old stock!
I would only recommend this place if you want live Lobster!!

1  Thank Bairol X
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Reviewed July 27, 2018

Go early, i arrived 4.30am and it was very busy. Most traders are ok but they do not have time for everybody all the time, they are wholesale traders and busy.
We bought A box of mackerel 5kg, 3kg very large prawn/shrimp, 4 large dressed crabs, 3whole filleted and skinned rock eel 4kg, skate wings3.5kg and a box of sardines 3kg for just over £100. All were good prices, eg the 3kg of prawn/shrimp were £6.60/kg, in shops the price varies up to £18.00 when I checked. There is plenty of choices of fish rarely seen in the shops the Billingsgate cafe is cheap and cheerful.

1  Thank kellyrochford
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Reviewed June 27, 2018

We had always wanted to go to Billingsgate and we finally went on a Wednesday morning arriving at 5am. It was easily found and parking no problem. All the vendors were really friendly and helpful and the fish and seafood all excellent quality and price. As other people have said wear something sensible on your feet with good grip and not your favourite shoes as it is, as you would expect, wet and messy. We will be back again soon.

4  Thank carole r
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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

After years on living in London and being a seafood fan I finally did the morning trip to Billingsgate on a Tuesday at approx. 5am. It really wasn't that busy and parking was simple for £2 for 2 hours.

The smell was the first thing to hit me and you either love it or hate it and it filled me with excitement... but that was it. The market was far smaller than expected with rude vendors and very little pricing. I got the impression I was more of a pest than a customer. The shops with the freezers around the edge do have pricing but be aware that some you can open and others you order and collect from the units at the back (Holmes). I tried to take something from a freezer to pay and was snapped at like I was in the way. Another stall was happy for me to do this. Perhaps they are more geared up for the public on a Saturday.

Overall I was dissapointed and nearly ended up on my butt as it can be slippy. On the plus side, I picked up some frozen seafood for really good prices. 64 crab sticks (seafood stall quality) for £5, 1kg of cockles was £15 and shell on prawns were £26 a 5kg box. The beauty of it is they are IQF (individually quick frozen) so you can just defrost as you need. Although 5kg is alot of prawns!

It seems EVERY stall holder has the very best raw king prawns and some are pre-frozen so might be worth asking. Prices varied from £10 to £28 a kilo depending what size/quality you want.

I will be going back once I'm out of stock but I'll be more prepared and will probably go on a Saturday. It wasn't a great experience but bargains are there to be had which is ultimately why I went. I got some wakame seaweed salad for £4.25 a kilo frozen too. For those who know... That's an awesome price on sushi shops but not sure how to break it down. I'm gonna need a saw or just eat it all within a few days

2  Thank BB3LL
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Reviewed April 17, 2018

From oysters to lobsters, you can be sure to find something to bring home for dinner. Prices are pretty reasonable. We bought a load of oysters for less a quid each, lobsters for under 10. Needless to say, we had a amazing seafood feast that evening.

5  Thank JitterCritter
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