Operating for over 1000 years, there’s nothing new about the Borough Market but it’s still one of the best places in London to find exceptional British and international food and produce.
Half way into my month long Foodcation, I was chatting to a couple of Londoners while sharing a taxi to the Nice airport. They said Borough Market had to be on my London list and they were right.
One of London’s largest and oldest, Borough Market seems to have everything you’ve tried or wanted to try food wise and other stuff you never even imagined. From fudge and pastries, salamis and terrines, fresh fish and seasonal fruit, to seasonal British game to exotic zebra steaks, you’ll find it here. Many of the stall holders are also producers and grow, rear or bake their products. It’s a chance to meet some of the real people involved in the food industry but if you want to ask questions, go early or late in the day when it’s not so busy.
As well as stocking your pantry, you can eat your way around the market sampling slow roast goat kid meat, fresh English sweet corn, Ethiopian tibs and doro tibs. I snacked on fresh raspberries as I walked around the stalls and tried to work out how I could come back for lunch. The choice was truly amazing and I’m heading back next trip to try the clotted cream fudge, the peat smoked scallops, sample some of the proscuitto, and try a wild boar sausage.
The market is open for lunch on Monday and Tuesday and the full market operates from Wednesday to Sunday. The hours vary but it’s always open between 10am and 5pm. Plan your trip with the interactive map available on the Borough Market website to ensure you don’t miss your favourite flavours.
While you are in the area, take walk along the Thames and a look at Shakespeare’s recreated Globe Theatre and the 87-storey skyscraper known as The Shard. They say the toilets in The Shard are well worth visiting for their seated panoramic views.