West Smithfield General Market ©MuseumofLondon_Photos by Matt Alexander PA (5).JPG

West Smithfield General Market

© Matt Alexander PA

In 2024, the Museum of London will relocate to Smithfield Market, in one of the most ambitious cultural projects of recent years.

As part of Open House 2019, members of the public will have the chance to take in the Victorian wonder of the currently empty General Market before it becomes part of the Museum of London’s new home in 2024.

Sat empty for over 25 years, the Horace Jones designed building boasts an incredible domed roof, intricate ironwork and hasn’t been open to the general public since the market ceased operations in the mid-1990s.This year also marks the 200th anniversary of Sir Horace Jones’s birth so it’s the perfect opportunity to see his innovation and skill in person.

The Museum of London will be running limited tours of the General Market ground floor across Open House weekend, giving visitors a unique chance to get inside the museum's future site. Viewing points into the General Market, a self-guided trail of West Smithfield architectural highlights and a chance to see the latest plans and designs for the new Museum of London will also be on offer over the weekend.

Tour capacity is limited and visitors will need to sign-up on the day.

How to book onto a tour

Booking for a tour will only be available on the day. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. Max 2 tickets per person. Tickets are non-transferable. No entry to a tour without a wristband.

Saturday 21 September 2019

Tours of the General Market run every half-hour from 1-5pm (last tour starts at 4.30pm).

For tours on Saturday afternoon, you can reserve a space at the sign-up point in West Poultry Avenue from 12pm on the day. The ticket queue will open from 11.30am.

Sunday 22 September 2019

Tours of the General Market run every half-hour from 10am-5pm (last tour starts at 4.30pm).

For Sunday morning tours (10am-12.30pm), you can reserve a space at the sign-up point from 9am on the day. The ticket queue will open from 8.30am. Booking for Sunday afternoon tours (tours running from 1-4.30pm) opens at 12pm. The ticket queue will open at 11.30am.

General information

  • Tours will be around 20 minutes in length.
  • No admittance for children under 8.
  • The tours take place in a working construction site. The ground may be uneven in places and visitors must adhere to any instructions given and remain within designated safe areas. Shoes must cover the toes. The site may be dusty and the tour may not be suitable for asthma sufferers or for visitors with lung conditions or breathing difficulties.
  • Visitors are advised to arrive at the meeting point 10 minutes before the advertised start time of the tour. After this time, any free places will be reallocated and ticketholders arriving late may not be admitted.