The market is open every Thursday and Saturday, except for Xmas day and New Year’s Day.
Traders are allowed to operate between 7am to 7pm but their working hours are weather-dependant.
The market is mostly active between 10am to 4.30pm (until 7pm in the summer).
Queen’s Crescent Market is a great place to buy fresh fruit and veg, fresh bread, kitchen and cleaning supplies, bedding, fashion, street food, cut flowers and plants, and much much more.
Queen’s Crescent is home to the Refill Station.
Apart from the stalls there is a fantastic selection of independent shops and cafes trading seven days a week.
Queen’s Crescent is named for Queen Victoria who liked to ride in her carriage to West End Lane, Hampstead.
Market traders moved from Malden Road to Queen’s Crescent in 1876 when electrification works were undertaken on Malden Road to replace the horse-drawn trams.
Shortly before the market the Sainsbury’s family also moved to the street to bring up their family in, what was then, London’s leafy suburbs. Queen’s Crescent once sported three branches of Sainsbury’s.
In 1956, Shanta Pathak and her husband Lakshmishankar Pathak moved to Queen’s Crescent from Kenya. Whilst Lakshmishankar worked cleaning drains for Metropolitan Borough of St Pancras, Shanta started a business from her kitchen making and selling Indian sweets and snacks, this business would grow into Patak’s. She soon had queues outside the door and was making deliveries across London.
By the early 1970s, Sainsbury’s had closed and been replaced by Studio Prints a workshop run by artist and printer Dorothea Wight which was responsible for printing the etchings of many prominent British artists of the last 40 years, including Lucien Freud, Frank Auerbach, Ken Kiff, Julian Trevelyan, R. B. Kitaj, Celia Paul, and Stephen Conroy.
As with other traditional street markets, Queen’s Crescent Market was at its busiest in the 1980s and even featured in the third episode of the popular television show Minder.