Golden Boy of Pye Corner
This small statue of a corpulent boy opposite St Bartholomew’s Hospital has a strange dedication: ‘In memory put up for the fire of...
This fine iron bridge was built in an effort to smarten up the area, as well as to link Holborn and Newgate St above what had been a...
Dating to 1123 and adjoining one of London's oldest hospitals, St Bartholomew-the-Great is worth more than a fleeting visit. The...
London's second most famous club (after Ministry of Sound), Fabric is comprised of three separate dance floors in a huge converted cold...
The menu is divided into 'duck' and 'surf and turf' sections at this oddly angular bistro/deli, specialising in the food and wine of...
West Smithfield · interesting places nearby
Smithfield Market information
Smithfield is central London’s last surviving meat market. Its name derives from 'smooth field', where animals could graze, although its history is far from pastoral as this was once a place where public executions were held. Visit the market by 7am at the latest to see it in full swing.
Built on the site of the notorious St Bartholomew’s Fair, where witches were burned at the stake, this is where Scottish independence leader William Wallace was executed in 1305 (there’s a plaque on the wall of St Bart’s Hospital, south of the market, ending with the Gaelic words 'Bas agus Buaidh' or 'Death and Victory'), as well as the place where one of the leaders of the Peasants’ Revolt, Wat Tyler, met his end in 1381. Described in terms of pure horror by Dickens in Oliver Twist, this was once the armpit of London, where animal excrement and entrails created a sea of filth. The market itself is a colourful building designed in 1868 by Horace Jones, who also designed Leadenhall Market and Tower Bridge.