About the market

Piccadilly Market is held in the courtyard of St James’s Church, Piccadilly, one of Christopher Wren’s finest churches and reputed to be his favourite.

St James’s Church is a Grade One listed building, which contains work by the master carver Grinling Gibbons and is also where the poet, mystic and artist William Blake was baptised.

Funds raised through market rents, along with other activities at St James’s, help maintain the upkeep of this historical building and support the church’s continued work.

The Arts and Crafts market was first held at St James’s in 1981 as part of the Piccadilly Arts Festival. The market opened permanently during 1984, in the beginning operating just two days a week. Since then the market has grown and expanded, it can now be found here six days a week.

The market runs from Monday to Saturday each week, selling a diverse range of food, gifts and other treasures.

Many of our regular traders travel abroad to source their goods direct from as far afield as Tibet, India, Egypt and Africa.