The Smithfield site in London

Museum of London confirms move to Smithfield Market

Polly Foreman, 06.01.2016
The new museum is due to be completed by 2021
The relocation of the Museum of London has received the go-ahead after redevelopment plans for Smithfield Market were abandoned.

Property developer TH Real Estate sold the historic meat market to the City of London Corporation for £35m last month after the government threw out plans for the regeneration of the area.

The Museum of London announced plans to relocate early last year. The organisation said its current London Wall home has a number of problems, including a failing building, entrances that are difficult to access, and a site that is hard to find.

A spokesman for the museum said: “The Museum of London welcomes the news that the City of London Corporation has purchased the Smithfield Quarter from TH Real Estate. This makes way for us to achieve our ambition to create a new museum for London and Londoners in West Smithfield by 2021.”

The museum’s director Sharon Ament said: “Working together with the City of London Corporation and Greater London Authority we will help make the area a world-class cultural hub.”