If you have a free afternoon in London and are interested in food, you absolutely must make a visit to Borough Market. The market is based in the general area of London Bridge and Borough Underground stations. There have been markets held on or very near to the site since at least 1014. The market settled into its current location in 1755.
Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce. Since its renaissance as a retail market just over a decade ago, it has become a haven for anybody who cares about the quality and provenance of the food they eat – chefs, restaurateurs, passionate amateur cooks and people who just happen to love eating and drinking.
But it is not just the sheer quality of the food on offer that makes Borough Market special – it is also about the people and the place. The market is populated by a community of remarkable individuals from all over the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, all of whom care deeply about the food and drink on offer. Many of the stallholders are themselves producers – people who grow, rear or bake the food that they sell. Others are importers with intimate knowledge of whichever corner of the globe they source their products from. As a result, the market has become a vast repository of culinary knowledge and understanding. It’s a place to explore, to ask questions, to discover new flavours and to savour a unique atmosphere. All of the food is traceable and the producers will usually display with great pride the name and location of their farm (frequently their own farms) from where the food hails.
There is no limit to the foods on offer. There is a strong artisan and organic theme to the market and the food and drink can be either brought home or you can eat on the premises if you prefer. Wild boar from the English Lake District, The Sausage Man’s stall from Southern Germany, Flour Power City Bakery from Greenwich (about two miles down-stream) are just some of the stalls that will make your mouth water.
Between feeds, do take a wander into Southwark Cathedral (the market is in the original church-yard), which dates from 1220. Whether you want to worship, take a time-out, or just enjoy the pretty building, the church is a must-see also. The market is open every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday and is well worth a visit.