Piccadilly Market, London
Piccadilly Market is located within the enclosed courtyard of the 17th century St James Church Piccadilly in Westminster. The church is not far from the famous Piccadilly Circus and the luxury five-star Ritz Hotel. It’s an Anglican church and a red brick building designed and built by Sir Christopher Wren, a highly acclaimed English architect during his time.
Piccadilly Market is seldom on the list as a London attraction but a hidden gem. It’s a small market with just over 40 stalls and opens throughout the week except Sundays. It may be small but an interesting market with a neighbourhood feel. This charming market is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in the Piccadilly area. Money received from the stall rentals helps to contribute towards the church’s upkeep and activities.
St James Church in Piccadilly by Zeisterre
Piccadilly Market has been around since 1981. For a small market, it’s a kaleidoscope of stalls and a great place to spend an hour exploring the stalls. On Wednesday-Saturday (from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), it’s an arts and crafts market. On Mondays and Tuesdays (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), it becomes a food market offering inexpensive cuisines from many corners of the globe. The market takes a day off on Sundays for church services.
Entrance to St James Church by Peter Barr
The arts and crafts market (Wednesday to Saturday) packs a lot into a small area. Here you can find modern oil paintings, print blocks, leather goods, jewellery and ceramics. Other items include souvenirs, personalised pop-up cards and even freshly cut flowers. Some traders source their arts and crafts from far away places such as Africa and Asia. Since Piccadilly Market is a small market, the traders here are generally friendly and obliging to have a conversation with curious shoppers.
Crafted items include handcrafted leather belts, leather bags, jewellery made from natural fibre and ornaments in various designs. For timepieces, you can find costume watches including wrist, pocket and pendant watches in various designs in a wide range of colours and materials. There are T-shirts, caps, boxer shorts, tote bags and tea towels in various designs for souvenirs to take back home. You can also find vintage items here including telephones, compasses, telescopes and sextants.
Stall at Piccadilly Market by Txllxt TxllxT
The food market (Monday-Tuesday) offers a delicious array of street foods popular with the office crowd during lunchtime. Foods from the stalls include farm assured burgers, a delicious selection of homemade English fudge and vegan pastries. Foods from other parts of the world include Argentinean empanadas, Mediterranean paella and Portuguese chorizo as well as a spread of Moroccan and Thai dishes. There’s also an on-site cafe in the church courtyard to relax while having a drink and snack.
Visiting Piccadilly Market
Piccadilly Circus is in the very heart of Central London, which is an area of slow moving traffic and therefore recommended you use public transport to get to the Piccadilly area. The London Underground Piccadilly Circus Station is right in the centre of Piccadilly Circus with entrances at several corners. The station serves both the Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines.
Piccadilly Market on the Map
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