Situated just a short walk from London Bridge station, Borough Market is one of London oldest and well known food and produce markets. The original working market has existed since the Roman times but it was first officially mentioned in texts around 1276. Now a London tourist attraction, Borough Market is primarily a fruit and vegetable wholesale market operating on all weekday mornings from 2 am to 8am. On Fridays and Saturdays it branches out into a busy food market. Known affectionately as London’s Larder, producers from all over the country bring in a wide variety of fresh produce to sell to the London foodie community. Some of the Borough Market’s most famous traders include Furness Fish and Game Supplies, Artisan Bakers DeGustibus and the Spanish company Brindisa (a mean chorizo sandwich). Neal’s Yard Dairy is also an absolute must (they will let you sample every cheese in the shop)!
My first experience of Borough market was when I worked for a location catering company based at Tower Bridge. One of my first jobs was cooking lunches for the cast and crew of Bridget Jone’s Diary in 2001. The Market has been a backdrop to many a film such as, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Elephant Man.
Atmospheric, lively and mouth-watering this foodie’s paradise is a definite must – an especially great way to spend a Saturday morning, albeit decadent in more ways than one (your waist will grow, your wallet will shrink)! I’d recommend getting there early as the crowds grow quickly up to lunch time and you will have difficulty moving around through each of the sections.
So wether you are a Londoner filling you basket for a weekend of entertaining or a curious culinary traveller interested in experiencing some of the best of british produce, Borough Market is defiantly worth a trip.