Billingsgate Market, located at Canary Wharf, is London's and Europe's premier wholesale inland fish market, and who better to go in search of the catch of the day than chef Collin Brown of Chef Collin Brown restaurant.
Naturally, with the Olympic Games in full throttle and a demand for more seafood, the fish market extended its normal opening hours of 4:00 am - 9:30 to 2:00 am - 9:30 am Tuesday to Saturday.
Thursday Food discovered that getting to the market early guarantees the best of everything, and as Chef Collin enthused: "There's nothing quite like fresh fish to excite a chef. I'm looking around feeling totally excited as I wonder what to cook tonight." Spoiled for choice, let's see what he contemplated.
Daily trading at Billingsgate Market offers buyers an opportunity to see the largest selection of fish in the United Kingdom. Daily arrivals from the coast and overseas ensure a continuity of fresh supplies and with some 40 merchants trading in close proximity in the Market Hall, competition is keen. In addition to such a wide selection of fish and fish products, the market offers buyers a comprehensive service with tenants dealing in cooking oils, potatoes, trade sundries and specialist restaurant and catering supplies.
The Billingsgate Market