"Our aim is to create an environment in which small scale, creative businesses can thrive and interact with the local community. A place where customers seek solace from the cynicism of the high street, walk into a creative hub and experience a real sense of community.”
Greenwich Space Management
Greenwich Market has been at the centre of the area’s regeneration for the past two decades acting both as a catalyst and barometer for the fortunes of this part of South East London and becoming a much-loved London attraction in the process – a market has existed on this site since 1700.
Greenwich has been an important place in British and world history ever since the Romans docked there on their way up to what was become the centre of Londinium. It was later to become the home of time (Greenwich Meantime) and the centre of the world with the Meridian Line bisecting the planet at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park. The Naval College, Greenwich Hospital and the nearby victualling yards on the banks of the Thames at Deptford motored the local economy giving birth to the Royal Charter Market in 1700.
Greenwich Market today is well-known as a place around which visitors and locals alike can base a lazy Saturday or Sunday, browsing through the self-made creations of independent traders touting a diverse range of wares from scorpions in frames and to leather hand-grenade key holders. Paintings and photographs are also much in evidence at Greenwich Market, providing welcome relief for those hoping to take away a London souvenir that hasn’t been mass-produced in China.
Food and drink are both well represented at Greenwich – the Coach and Horses and Admiral Hardy public houses (pubs) offer liquid refreshment at the north and south of the market, and are popular with visitors due to covered al fresco aspect offered by the market’s roof providing light and protection from the unpredictable British weather. Stalls near the Admiral Hardy offer a dizzying selection of local produce and dishes from around the world that are cooked on the spot and fill the market with the scents of cultures from around the globe that have found a home in London.
Greenwich Market opening times
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
10am - 5.30pm: Food - Arts & crafts - Fresh produce
11am - 6pm: Food-to-go - Fresh produce - Homewares
10am - 5.30pm: Food area - Antiques & Collectables - Crafts
10am - 5.30pm: Food area - Arts & crafts - Antiques & Collectables
Greenwich Station from London: Charing Cross, Waterloo East, London Bridge and Cannon Street. A Travelcard Zone 1 — 2 is valid
Take the Docklands Light Railway direct to Cutty Sark Gardens or get on the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf and change to the DLR
To Greenwich town centre: 177, 180, 188, 286, 386 - to Greenwich Park 53, X53 then walk down through Greenwich Park. The 188 bus from Russell Square comes through the town centre on its way to North Greenwich Underground station.
By River Boat
Greenwich Pier from Tower of London, Charing Cross and Westminster.