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Smithfield Market Tours

The early morning tours of the City’s historic Smithfield Market usually take place monthly on a Thursday or Friday at 6.30am. This early start should not put anyone off - this is a really unusual experience for anyone interested in history, food and Victorian architecture. As if that wasn’t tempting enough, the tour provides a perfect opportunity to experience the hustle and bustle of the City of London’s last surviving market at first hand and in full flow. It focuses on the workings of the famous meat market but will also cover: 

  • The fabric of the market, which has evolved over a thousand years
  • The long and turbulent history of Smithfield
  • The growth of the notorious cattle market 
  • The gaiety of Bartholomew Fair 

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: £17.50 + Eventbrite Booking fee 

Book: via Eventbrite

If you have any questions about the tour please email us at smithfield@cityoflondonguides.com. And if you want to learn more about Smithfield's bloody past, why not go on our popular 'Dark Side of the City' tour, which take place on Friday mornings. 

Photos: courtesy of Niki Gorick

Please note: children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

We offer daily, weekly and monthly walks around the City of London 

Our daily walks run from the City Information Centre, just south of St Paul's. You need to book via Eventbrite to secure you place. Note: the cut-off time for booking our daily walks is 21:00hrs the night before. If we don't have any bookings then the walk will not take place.

Our weekly walks have individual booking pages and earlier cut-off times, please see the individual listing.  

Our Annual Melluish Lecture: Revels, Royalists and Reader's Feasts, March 4th, 6.30pm. Join us for the lecture by Barnaby Bryan of Middle Temple and refreshments afterwards. Tickets now on sale

Illuminated River evening walks, limited season, ends on March 22nd.

Some of our walks offer concession rates: valid for over 65s and students. All Eventbrite bookings have a booking fee. We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible.

Private tours

If you'd like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour, then please use our Find a Guide section. If you're a member of an Arts Society or a U3A or other group we'd love to take you on a tour of the City. And if you're a company based in the City who'd like to organise a social event for your work colleagues, why not book a walk with us? 

If you've been on a walk recently we'd love to hear from you. Why not leave a review on our TripAdvisor page? We've been awarded TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice for 2023!