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London’s famous fish market is leaving town, taking hundreds of years of tradition with it

But does Billingsgate need to modernise?

By Jessica Brown   November 2019

Billingsgate at its current site in the shadow of Canary Wharf

Billingsgate fish market in Canary Wharf is one of the last vestiges of old London. Under its distinctive yellow roof, men barter over rows of iced fish with shiny eyes and gaping mouths. The wholesale market, set up by an Act of Parliament in 1699, is loved by tourists, history buffs and Londoners with a fondness for quirky corners of the city. Every morning before dawn breaks, a trail of aspiring chefs and fish enthusiasts go from…

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