A Royal Market

Vendors selling their wares at Queen's Market, London.
Vendors selling their wares at Queen’s Market, London.

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Upon leaving Upton Park Station, the faint image of a distant, yet strikingly vibrant, fruit stall comes into view.
QUEEN’S Market in Newham, London is a street market adjacent to Green Street. The market holds a rich cultural history, but is perhaps better known for being the former work place of the ‘One Pound Fish’ man, whose musical earworm took the world by storm back in 2012.

The market is bustling to the brim with various stalls and their vendors (predominantly of Pakistani origin) promoting their wares by chanting indecipherable offers, behind arbitrarily positioned stalls beneath a dilapidated structure. Repugnant liquids ooze from numerous drains, and after every four steps or so, you will encounter a litter specimen of some sort: the market evidently has not been cleaned sufficiently for a number of days. Despite the distasteful appearance, the content of the market is satisfactory- a range of products, from fish to Asian clothes, are sold here, for appealing prices. The general atmosphere is somewhat agreeable and very diverse, encompassing a wide range of cultures and people. In one corner, a vendor sells exquisitely patterned African material, whilst elsewhere, an Indian vendor sells clips, hair-bands, ribbons and henna tubes. I would recommend Queen’s Market for a brief walk and a spot of cultural exploration (especially with regard to cuisine), and perhaps for the purchase of a few knick knacks and groceries, but certainly not for clothing. There are undoubtedly better market options for clothes in London; Hipsters, make not the mistake of visiting Queen’s Market to fulfil your contrarian needs…

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© Sadia Ahmed 2015

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