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A visit to Borough Market (London)

Borough Market sign on footpath at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com 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.

Market sign at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comBorough Market is steeped in a long history, according to the siteAs 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?

Bread selection at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Sticky buns at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com English muffins at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Owl shortbreads at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com French tarts at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comMeringues at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd, being Britain, there must be PIES. And not the fruity ones…

Pork and stilton pie at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Melton Mowbray pork pie at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comBorough Market is the place to hit up for local seasonal produce at its best.

Nap cherries at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd of course, there’s all the staples…

Fresh juice at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Cheeses and mustards at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Free range eggs at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comCheeses at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comNot to mention “things British”…

Jellied eels at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Pickled things at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Award winning at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com British charcuterie at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Ice cold cider at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd the essentials…

Wine on tap at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhile you’re there, don’t forget to look UP!

Looking up at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Potato merchants sign at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.com Market sign at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd if after wandering, shopping and tasting you are still hungry, there are plenty of places surrounding the Market to satisfy any craving…

Fish shop at the Borough Market on eatlivetravelwrite.comPlan your visit to Borough Market by:

Borough Market
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)

http://boroughmarket.org.uk/

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7 Responses to A visit to Borough Market (London)

  1. Cathy August 18, 2015 at 09:08 #

    Yay! I walked down to the Owl biscuits/Cinnamon Tree Bakery HQ in Peckham High Street the other day but they were shut. I had to console myself with a trip to Persepolis for baclava instead!!
    However you have left out the urban cheesmakers and a cheese called Howard. I don’t think we got a photo!! http://wildescheese.co.uk/

    • Mardi Michels August 18, 2015 at 09:11 #

      I don’t think we got a photo because we were busy chatting and tasting! And when I was looking at my pics I felt loathe to “recommend” anything… Because it’s all good and markets are very personal, you know? Jealous you get to go here whenever you like!

  2. Mr. Neil August 18, 2015 at 09:08 #

    What a wonderful looking market!

    Did you try the jellied eels? 😉

    • Mardi Michels August 18, 2015 at 09:12 #

      No we definitely did not try the jellied eels. Though I am sure you would have 😉

  3. kellypea August 18, 2015 at 12:00 #

    One of my favorite places in London — I can almost smell the aroma of those huge pans of spicy food I remember seeing. Truly a food wonderland.

  4. Coco in the Kitchen August 18, 2015 at 13:18 #

    I adore London.
    Borough Market looks like a foodie’s paradise, although I doubt I’d be brave enough to try those jellied eels!

  5. Diane Zwang August 18, 2015 at 22:58 #

    Since the last time I was in London I was 14, I think I am due for a re-visit. I will definitely add this to the bucket list. Jellied eels?

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