Marketpeople is a site dedicated to the market culture of London. At a time when our city’s markets are under constant threat, we aim to celebrate and help them.

In recent years we have seen Camden and Bermondsey markets effectively killed; chainstores threaten the markets at Portobello and Spitalfields and there are changes underway at Borough market. More recently, there have been reports that Leather Lane market is endangered. One of Greenwich’s three local markets is gone, and the second, Greenwich Covered Market, is now under serious threat: its owners, a subdivision of the MOD, have recently won a planning appeal against widespread local opposition to redevelop the site and build a hotel. Although we’ve managed to save the main market space, retaining its cobbled floor and century-old roof, the market management still plan to use some of the market space as an “al fresco dining area” for the hotel, and move all the market traders into temporary accommodation for around two years as the market is rebuilt. We will update on this issue as we hear more, along with news relating to all the other London markets.

It’s not all bad news, though; many traders’ groups have proved remarkably resourceful in fighting off the threats to their markets, and other areas are expanding. You’ll hear more about this in future weeks. And if you have any news or queries about London’s markets, please email us.


Paul Trynka

Paul Trynka has lived in Greenwich for 20 years, buying and selling on stalls for much of that time, and was part of the group fighting the redevelopment of Greenwich market. In his day job, he writes mainly about music and popular culture; he has edited MOJO magazine, written for The Observer, Guardian and others, and published books on denim, the electric guitar, blues music and more. His most recent books are Open Up and Bleed, a biog of Iggy Pop, and Starman, a life of David Bowie. Check out Paul Trynka’s website for more info.

Julian Burgin

Born in the U.S, Julian Burgin now lives in Greenwich, London with his wife and two daughters. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, his personal work has been shown in galleries throughout Europe and featured in magazines such as Tank, Draft and Camera Austria. Alongside this he undertakes commissions for numerous clients and magazines including G.Q, The Sunday Times and Dazed and Confused. Julian’s website is here.