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Since we’ve been back in the UK we’ve been revelling in the British food scene, privately and professionally. For those who don’t know, my husband is a Chef and is loving working in London’s top hotels again. Great food is easy to find in restaurants and in the shops, local markets being a particularly good place to find quality produce and lovingly-made local products.
On Saturdays we visit Twickenham Farmers Market for tomatoes and gourmet breads, on Sunday we may wander along the Thames in the opposite direction 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.
Borough Market at 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 town.
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.
Borough Market Opening Times.
The full market opens at 10 am Wednesday to Friday and 8 am on Saturday. Closing time is 5pm except of 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, it’s really 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!