I was walking along Holborn Viaduct recently and saw that one of the office buildings had been demolished, revealing a view of Smithfield Market that I hadn’t seen before.
I used to work near the market, when I first moved to London 10 and a half years ago. The Smithfield Freehouse on Farringdon Road has been vacant and derelict for at least that time. I took a peek through the gate of one of the derelict buildings. Structurally, it’s still quite in tact.
The top of one of the newer Market buildings has a fake bird of prey kite tied to the domed roof – keeps the pigeons away!