Reopening markets safely

In line with government guidelines, stalls at our markets have reopened as part of a staged return with new layouts to facilitate social distancing and manage the capacity of market areas.

Our officers have been planning for the reopening of markets for some time, exploring options to do so in a safe way. There are significant challenges involved and it is clear that in the short term at least, our markets will look and feel quite different from what we are used to.

Traders are being asked to look at their operating models and to put plans in place that would allow them to operate in a safe and socially distanced way. Market officers are providing advice and support. Traders who cannot demonstrate that they have proper plans in place will not be allowed to reopen.

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Tower Hamlets boasts some of the most iconic and internationally re-owned street markets in London. No other borough in London offers year round trading with such a choice of vibrant and contrasting markets.

With a justifiably proud history and tradition on many of the borough's markets, Tower Hamlets is keen to continue its investment and support of its 10 street markets. 

More visitor information can be found on the market information page.

Are you a trader?

We work with traders to ensure they operate effectively for continued development of the markets, modernising trading practices and taking advantage of all new business to the highest standards, be more competitive and offer increasingly more quality choice so that markets play a bigger part in the regeneration of the borough. We welcome all enquiries for new traders to our markets.

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