Piccadilly Market ~ Best Kept Secret of London’s West End


Many visitors to Piccadilly Market say (to paraphrase): ‘I’ve lived in London all my life and didn’t know this market existed!’

To which traders respond (to paraphrase): ‘Yes madam [sir] we’re a hidden gem. We’ve been a hidden gem since 1979.’

Which in some ways is fine — it’s good to be a gem — but a shame in others. The St James’s Church community should be more widely known:-

  • The extraordinary church designed by Sir Christopher Wren. William Blake was baptised there in 1757. Hitler tried to destroy it in 1940 and failed
  • Secret gardens in the heart of London’s West End
  • Lunchtime and evening concerts
  • Winter night shelter in the coldest months
  • Caravan Drop-In counselling service, open seven days a week
  • Talks and workshops — ‘events inspiring heart mind and soul’ — hosted by Alternatives
  • The market — open six days a week. Many traders are artisans who manufacture their own products. Others source specialist and unusual items from around the world. Piccadilly Market is the only permanent general market in London W1. There’s a delicious food market on Mondays
  • The welcoming Anglican community: “… a common commitment to be in solidarity with poor and marginalised people and to cherish creation”


That’s quite a gem, a few yards from Piccadilly Circus. Should it be hidden? No. Piccadilly Market should be a ‘destination market’ like Covent Garden, Spitalfields and Petticoat Lane. Why hide your light under a bishop bushel?










Christmas Shopping at Piccadilly Market

Piccadilly Market, the jewel in the crown of London’s street markets, welcomes visitors for Christmas.

We sell a unique range of food, arts, crafts, antiques, collectables, complementary therapy goods, cosmetics and clothing from around the world.


Piccadilly Market is the perfect place to browse for Christmas gifts and to look around the stunning church built by Sir Christopher Wren, architect of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The market, situated in the heart of London’s West End, has its own on-site café and hidden gardens.

We are open each day (10am – 6pm) until Saturday evening, 22nd December 2012.

Piccadilly Market, St James’s Church, 197 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9LL. Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus (5 minutes walk).


Piccadilly Market — Love & Attention for Christmas


Christmas trees went up at Piccadilly Market this week. Add to that new lights, deep steam cleaning of the ancient paving, a revamped garden and new flower tubs, the market has seen an investment of love and attention in recent months. Thanks, in large part, to the energy, professionalism and ‘can-do’ attitude of the new market manager and his hard-working team. Thank you Costas!

Three Network Failure — Piccadilly, St James’s, Mayfair, Regent Street, Piccadilly Circus

The saga of Three’s central London network failure continues. The latest word is there’s a “mast migration” (whatever that is) occurring on Monday (15th October 2012) and the problem may not be resolved until then.

We apologise to Piccadilly Market customers unable to contact traders contracted to the Three network. A rough map of the outage — an 11 day (c. 260 hour) total network failure involving no ‘phone, email, internet access or text messaging — is:



Three network restored at Piccadilly Market — W1J 9LL — at c. 14:00 hrs today 11/10/12. Unknown how long it will last and how widely coverage extends.

Three — Outage on Piccadilly

There’s been no Three coverage at Piccadilly Market for FOUR days. I’ve made two formal written complaints to Three and heard nothing back. I’ve now made a formal written complaint about them not responding to my formal written complaints…


You can complain to Three here and on their Twitter account here. I tested the outage and it extends all the way along Piccadilly, from Piccadilly Circus, past St James’s Church, Fortnum’s, and The Ritz. Coverage resumes at Green Park tube station. So it’s a big problem.

I’ll send this blog to Three… They need to get their act together.

Monday Food Market ~ Food for Health Awards

Adi-Best-Burgers-750Good news from Shepherds Markets, who manage the Monday Food Market at St James’s Church. In a Food for Health award scheme run by Tower Hamlets Council and NHS Tower Hamlets, all stallholders who participated achieved the award.

The scheme rewards food businesses who offer healthy options in their menus and meet the highest food hygiene standards.

Participating stallholders:

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It is difficult for a mobile unit, such as a stallholder, to achieve the award due to the limited menu that can be offered at a market, particularly those serving meat. To achieve the award stallholders demonstrated:

  • They have a sound food safety management system in operation. All stallholders received 4 or 5 stars (5 being the highest)
  • Ingredients are fresh and sourced locally, except for Duck Comfit, Argentinian Steak and Chorizo, who must maintain their authenticity so their cuisine is not compromised
  • No product considered bad for health is used, e.g. saturated or hydrogenated oil (contributory factors to heart disease). Herbs are used for seasoning instead of salt (too much salt causes high blood pressure).
  • Stallholders serving meat, e.g. chorizo, burgers and steak had to demonstrate that they are grilling their product so as to reduce fat content. They also had to show that they were offering healthier choice of breads, e.g. wholemeal, and a variety of salads
  • They had to show that each meal served had the right balance of vegetables, starch and protein, with the stallholders serving vegetable proteins, e.g. pulses, scoring the highest points
  • They had to show that their product would help reduce obesity
  • The stallholders who achieved gold level had to demonstrate that they had on offer a choice of foods which included at least one type of oily fish or one type of pulse

All stallholders attended a workshop on nutrition conducted by an NHS nutritionist. Stallholders, as a whole, achieved 4 gold, 6 silver and the rest bronze.