Last month I had the good fortune to visit London for a couple of short days into which I managed to pack in more eating, drinking and walking than I thought possible! One of the highlights of my trip was checking out the Borough Market – a feast for the eyes for sure.
Borough Market is steeped in a long history, according to the site. As far back as the 11th century, the area around London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. In the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since. In 1755, the market was closed by Parliament, but a group of Southwark residents raised £6,000 to buy a patch of land known locally as The Triangle, once the churchyard of St Margaret’s, and reopened the market in 1756. The Triangle, where you’ll find Northfield Farm and Furness Fish and Game, is still at the heart of the market today, which boasts over 100 individual stalls featuring not only fruit and vegetables, meats and baked goods but also British and international produce and specialty items.
You’ll want to be staying in a self-catering rental apartment if you visit here because I challenge you to leave empty-handed (or empty bellied!).
Let’s talk about the breads and baked goods for a second, shall we?
- checking out the various vendors,
- finding out what’s happening in the Market,
- reading the stories behind the vendor stalls,
- finding inspiration from delicious recipes you can make with the produce in season
- using the interactive Market Map to find the produce and vendors you are interested in visiting
8 Southwark Street,
London, SE1 1TL
Find out the easiest way to get to Borough Market here.
Retail market: Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 5pm, Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 8am – 5pm (I highly recommend getting there early, especially on Saturday)