Smithfield Market, like most places in London, has a rich history. There has been livestock market on the site since the Twelfth Century. More notable facts; Wat Tyler, of the Peasants’ Revolt fame (good name for a band), met King Richard II at Smithfield. Sir Horace Jones designed building in the 1860s and later went on to design both Billingsgate and Leadenhall markets, but his pièce de résistance was Tower Bridge.
The market is open to members of the public but to visit you’ll be up before the proverbial lark – trading starts at 2am.