Billingsgate Market rent paid in fish

The Lord Mayor of the City of London visited Billingsgate Market today to pay rent - in salmon.

Billingsgate Market has been run by the City of London Corporation for over 600 years, but moved to the Docklands, in the authority of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in 1982.

Under the terms of an unusual agreement between the two bodies, the annual rent paid by the City to Tower Hamlets is “the gift of one fish”.

This morning the Lord Mayor handed over the rent of one salmon to the vice chairman of Tower Hamlets council, Cllr Rajib Ahmed.


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