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th International Public Markets Conference!

It is an exciting time for markets in London — with nearly 300 street, covered, and indoor markets spread throughout the city, and more popping up all the time! But the excitement doesn’t end there: Conference co-host Mayor of London Sadiq Khan recently launched a groundbreaking city-wide strategy‍ to ensure that markets continue to bring diverse social, cultural, and economic benefits to all Londoners. To build on this momentum, the 10th International Public Markets Conference will focus on how markets can enhance their ability to support local people, drive prosperity, and improve the local communities in which they are based.

Over three days, conference hosts Project for Public Spaces and the Mayor of London, along with the world’s leading public market operators, developers, and thought-leaders will focus on inclusion, innovation, and the social and economic impacts of public markets. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the character and striking diversity of London’s market scene!

Sadiq Kahn, Mayor of London

I’m proud that London will host the 10th International Public Markets Conference in 2019. Markets are a vital part of our economy, contributing around £250 million each year and employing some 13,000 people across the capital. What’s more, they’re a crucial part of the fabric of our communities: they are places where people come together, where people can buy things not available anywhere else, and are a part of the everyday experience of the city.

— Mayor of London Sadiq Khan


London is rich with multicultural history and home to some of the best public markets in the world—from culinary havens like Borough Market to eclectic neighborhood staples like Whitechapel Market. As vibrant and diverse as the people who live there, public markets are an essential part of London’s international identity, and a daily fixture in the lives of locals.  

The conference will highlight London’s retail and wholesale markets which include over 47,000 micro-scale and small to medium businesses all together. These markets directly employ 105,000 people, and the diversity of goods available in the markets and the traders who sell them represent the City’s openness to the world.

The Conference’s working sessions will take place at City Hall, located on the south bank of the Thames between London Bridge and Tower Bridge and within walking distance of London’s iconic Borough Market and the historic Southwark Cathedral.


The conference will provide ample opportunity for networking at interactive workshop sessions, special evening events and receptions, and during the day-long market tours. Participants will have multiple opportunities to visit and explore London’s extensive network of nearly 300 public markets. For full descriptions and locations of the mobile workshops and market tours click here!

Thursday, June 6

Opening plenary at Southwark Cathedral
Lunch at Borough Market
  • Market Cities: Approaches for creating market networks
  • Markets as Healthy Places: Prioritizing inclusion
  • Unconference* - Markets in the Age of Climate Change: Supporting resilience through markets
session 1at City Hall
  • Data-Driven Advocacy: Communicating the value of markets
  • Market Placemaking: From underused assets to community places
  • Unconference* - Securing Your Market: Thoughtful approaches to safe markets
session 2at City Hall
Evening reception
at Old Spitalfields Market
*The "unconference" workshops are intended to be informal forums for discussion among attendees, as opposed to the more traditional panel workshops centered on series of presentations.

Friday, June 7

Early morning tour of A wholesale market (optional)
Morning mobile workshops
  • Markets as Incubators: Growing a new generation of entrepreneurs
  • Maintaining Authenticity: Adjusting to shifting demographics and changing trends  
  • Unconference* - Experimental Markets: How to turn your market into a "Living Lab"
  • Unconference* - Growing a Market City
session 1at City Hall
  • Markets and Tech: Staying relevant in today's marketplace
  • Transforming Markets: The social, economic, and cultural case for investment
  • Unconference* - Researching the Community Benefits of Public Markets
  • Unconference* - How to Maintain an Authentic Market
session 2at City Hall

Saturday, June 8

day tours
closing event
at Mercato Metropolitano
*The "unconference" workshops are intended to be informal forums for discussion among attendees, as opposed to the more traditional panel workshops centered on series of presentations.


The conference will bring together over 300 public market leaders, advocates, and representatives from throughout the world. A broad mix of government leaders, market managers, downtown planners, grassroots organizers, local food advocates, transportation experts, health care professionals, and educators from around the world will add to the diverse conference conversation.

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