Yes, as other reviewers say, you can come here just for the atmosphere (no pun intended although, it certainly does smell fishy) and the general experience -- and, yes, Piggy's cafe, which offers fish breakfasts and fabulous bacon and scallops roll (£3 and not mean on the scallops) -- or for serious shopping. I have only visited on Saturdays, where getting there by a leisurely 8 a.m. or even 8.30 (it opens at 5 a.m. and closes at 9.30 a.m.) still offers reasonable chances of getting some great deals. The main thing is whether you can go for the big box offers -- after all, this is a market mainly selling wholesale, so you either need a big freezer or a big family -- or you have to wheedle around looking for traders willing to sell in smaller quantities, which isn't as hard as it sounds. Personally, I go for the smoked salmon, kippers and smoked haddock (Bob's Fish stall especially) before branching out. It's worth noting that a number of stalls specialise in Asian fish (tulapia etc). I have never had any poor quality or 'off' fish or shellfish here -- on the contrary. Also, some fish is necessarily going to be frozen -- flash frozen on the boat -- so this does not necessarily mean it is not as fresh as possible.
This is the 'new' Billingsgate, opened in 1982, after the old Billingsgate in Lower Thames Street was closed.
I should mention that the last time I went was with a friend who has some walking problems: this is not a great place for disabled access, but not impossible.
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