If you’re a foodie looking for things to do in London I recommend a visit to renowned London food market, Borough Market. It’s the largest and finest gourmet and artisan food and drink market in London by far. Probably in Europe. The market is also one of the oldest, since its been trading for over 1000 years. It has a fascinating history as you can imagine.However, for me, the greatest thing about it is just the sheer deliciousness of it all.
How to Get There
Borough Market is in Southwark, Central London. It sits just beneath London Bridge next to the beautiful Southwark Cathedral. The nearest underground station is therefore London Bridge which is right under one of London’s newest landmarks, The Shard. There’s an exit literally right outside the market. Follow the signs to Borough Market on the platform as soon as you step off the Tube.
Borough Market on the TV and Big Screen
In more modern times Borough Market has been featured in several British television cooking shows. There are often demonstrations by chefs in the market that visitors can watch. The market has also been used as a film set for some major movies. If you’re a fan of Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) you can take a selfie outside the door of her flat. It’s at The Globe pub in the centre of the market. Harry Potter fans can see where Harry gets off the night bus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). It’s just under the arches on Stoney Street next to the market. In fact several of the full Harry Potter London tours stop in the market.
What Will You Find at the Best London Food Market?
This probably sounds a bit dramatic but the first time I visited Borough Market I felt like I had come home. There is something about the sight of all that fine produce together in one place that’s so nourishing to the soul. I adore the liveliness. It’s the hustle and bustle of the sales taking place, the delight of the visitors and many upbeat voices. The market is a treat for the nose too. The fresh, sweet smell of the flower stalls mix with the aroma of a million different cheeses and street food of every variety.The smell of fresh bread from the artisanal bread stalls is incredible. Every time I visit, I turn the corner into the market inhale the very life of the place.
Artisan Breads & Baked Goods
There are around 100 different stalls selling all kinds of produce, from meats, fish, coffee, tea, dairy, cakes and baked goods, and every vegetable known to man. There are several stalls with organic and home grown produce and the market sells both British and international food.
A Wide Variety of Organic, Home Grown, British and International Fruits and Vegetables
Many of the stalls offer very tempting nibbles of their produce to entice you over so you can taste and try before you buy. You’ll be tempted by all the cheeses, dips, chutneys & preserves,olive oils and figs, sausage and ham from the charcuterie stalls, and you can even try truffles!
Dairy Produce From Around the UK and Europe
In addition to all the delicious savoury food available, is a wide selection of sweet treats and sugary naughtiness. There’s a whole stall devoted to different types of liquorice for example, which I’ve never seen anywhere else before or at another London food market. There’s another stall devoted to genuine authentic turkish produce including a wide variety of different flavoured turkish delight. I’ve never been a fan of the usual rose flavoured variety you get in a typical box of chocolates, but this stuff is something else entirely. My favourite is the lemon flavour dipped and rolled in coconut. It’s to die for. And they are always handing out samples!
The pastries, chocolate, and baked goods in general are phenomenal. There is also an entire stall devoted to ‘Free From’ baked goods, for dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free people.
Borough Market Street Food
Right at the back of the market, next to the railings around Southwark Cathedral, are a wide range of street food sellers. They offer food from many different nationalities and there are several vegetarian and some vegan food sellers. It’s all delicious.
Finally, at the end of a wonderful afternoon roaming around the market, you might want to get a coffee. Luckily, right next to the market, is Monmouth Coffee where you can find some of the best coffee in London. There are usually queues right around the corner but it’s well worth waiting for!
Borough Market Opening Hours
The main retail market operates five days per week, on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm, Fridays from 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm, with Fridays and Saturdays being by far the busiest days for visitors. The wholesale market operates every weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.
For more information on the best London Food Market visit the official Borough Market website.
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