Chrisp Street Market

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Chrisp Street Market
Chrisp Street market, under the canopy - - 864361.jpg
The market stalls are located under a canopy
Location Poplar, Tower Hamlets, Greater London
Coordinates 51°30′45″N 0°00′52″W / 51.5125°N 0.0144°W / 51.5125; -0.0144Coordinates: 51°30′45″N 0°00′52″W / 51.5125°N 0.0144°W / 51.5125; -0.0144
Address Chrisp Street
Opening date 1951 (relocated from street)
Management Tower Hamlets London Borough Council
Owner Poplar HARCA
Architect Frederick Gibberd
Environment Covered
Goods sold General goods
Days normally open Monday–Saturday
Number of tenants 80

Chrisp Street Market was designed by Frederick Gibberd, and built as part of the Festival of Britain in 1951. It is located in Poplar in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and forms part of the eastern edge of the Lansbury Estate. There are 80 market stalls.[1]

It was the first purpose-built pedestrian shopping area in the UK. It features a prominent clock tower, shops, small retail outlets, cafes, market stalls and apartments. East End of London favourites such as pie and mash are available alongside Chinese and Indian food outlets.

In the early 2000s its library was closed and replaced with a larger 'Idea Store' designed by David Adjaye, a place for lifelong learning with computers and rooms for community use.[2]

The Tower Hamlets London Borough Council transferred ownership of the shopping arcades along with the rest of the Lansbury Estate to Poplar HARCA, a locally-based housing association, in 2006. This association commissioned architects to draw up a master plan for the market.[3]



The market is served by All Saints and Langdon Park DLR stations.


London Buses Routes 15, 115, D6, 309, D8 and Night Route N15 serve the market.


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  2. ^ Jeff Chu (2009). "Feature: David Adjaye". Fast Company. Archived from the original on 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-08. 
  3. ^ Architects' master plans at the Wayback Machine (archived July 8, 2011) including Chrisp Street Market at pages 13-14. Casey Fierro, 2009.

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