The old street markets are one of London`s most enduring characteristics and on this daily 3 hour tour with guide Sandra Shevey you will visit three different markets across 33 boroughs. The tours run every day but at different times to showcase the markets both at night and during the day. The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday tours run at 6pm and end 9pm while the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday tours run 11am - 2pm. The Christmas Eve Day tour is great inasmuch as we capture a bit of the traditional meat market auction that features in Dickens`s `A Christmas Carol`.Sandra Shevey`s documentary on heritage London street markets has been shortlisted for awards and is screened regularly at film festivals. .Trailer at http://sandrashevey.tripod.com Sandra Shevey`s blog `Markets and Market Towns` was shortlisted for the UK 2017 Business Travel Journalism Awards.http://markettowns.wordpress.com
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.