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Since we’ve been back in the UK we’ve been revelling in the British food scene, privately and professionally. Borough Market is a great place to eat and buy British food at its best, this blog post will give you an idea of what food is available and what to eat at Borough Market London. It’s a very positive review and personal recommendation of Borough Market and the food available there.
For those who don’t know, I am a British travel blogger, my Aussie husband is an executive Chef and is loving working in London’s top hotels again during this working holiday in London.
Great food is easy to find in restaurants and in London’s shops, local markets being a particularly good place to find quality produce, and lovingly-made local speciality foods. You will find fresh produce to take home along with street food dishes ready for you to eat at most farmers’ markets in the UK.
On Saturdays we visit Twickenham Farmers Market for tomatoes and gourmet breads, on Sunday we may wander along the Thames in the opposite direction, crossing from South London to north, to Richmond’s Duck Pond Market to pick up some jumbo organic goose eggs, a new favourite. For a special treat, we take the tube into the city for what is billed as Britain’s finest market, Borough Market. Look, shop, taste, eat, it’s a great place to hang out in the city.
Other places to find British street food in London include Greenwich Market and the South Bank food markets, but Borough is a perennial favourite. If you go on weekends and at peak times, it will be busy
Borough Market is in South London, on the south side of The River Thames, just beneath London Bridge. Since the 11th Century, London Bridge has been a market place, an area where traders gathered.
In the 13th Century traders relocated to nearby Borough High St and in 1755 Southwark residents got together to buy the triangle, the site that has remained the core of Borough Market to this day.
London’s oldest fruit and veg market now has over 100 stalls, each selling top quality products. High quality is essential to qualify for a pitch at Borough. The atmosphere is great, the stall holders are friendly and the food is sensational.
If you need more reason to visit Borough Market, it’s right outside London Bridge Tube Station, you could hop off here and walk along London’s stunning South Bank all the way to the London Eye. There are endless attractions, dining opportunities, and street performers along with a few kids’ play opportunities and scenic views to provide you with a complete day out while you’re in London UK.
From this part of the city you can enjoy views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament and of course the London Eye towering above you.
Attractions on the South Bank include the Tate Modern, (currently of interest to bird watchers as the RSPB have set up telescopes to observe the resident peregrine falcon), the Clink Prison Museum, the London Aquarium, Drake’s Golden Hind and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
If you’re looking for good coffee near London Bridge and Borough Market, try this little coffee and chocolate shop in the photo above. It’s Hotel Chocolate, 8 Bedale St, just a few steps from Borough Market’s stalls.
Another restaurant that we recommend near Borough Market is Padelle, for fantastic Italian food on Borough High Street.
Borough Market Opening Times
Borough Market will likely have been affected by the current global situation. At the time of writing, the opening hours below were correct, please check.
The full market opens at 10 am Wednesday to Friday and 8 am on Saturday. Closing time is 5pm except on Fridays, when you can stay ’till 6. At other times the market may be partially open for lunch, best to check their website for full details, the link is above.
We think Borough Market is a must-do in London for anyone with an interest in food. British food has an undeserved dull reputation, something I’ve never been able to fathom. An Australian friend once told me that Britain doesn’t produce fresh fish, there are a lot of myths like that out there that deserve busting, check it out for yourself, Borough really is quite stunning.
We always find something to be impressed with wherever we go, if you seek you will find and there are always interesting surprises in the world of food. It’s one of the reasons we travel, we just love our food!