Wednesday Wanderlust: Borough Market, London

Foodies this travel feature is for you!

Borough Market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, dating back to at least the 1700’s with links to nearby sites as far back as 1276. It is located in Southwark, Central London, just a hop, skip and a jump from the busy London Bridge railway station.

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Not only is it a fresh fruit and veg market it is also home to permanent hot food stalls, cooking up all sorts of delights from Thai Green Curry to Hog Roasts and good ole English Fry Ups!
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It is now also home to many national and international food stalls, offering samples of their fresh bread, cheese, salami and even olive oil. This ‘try-before-you-buy’ concept works brilliantly, especially if you have never tasted them before.

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There are farm stalls with freshly squeezed juices and the most entertaining fishmonger with some of the ugliest fish I have ever seen!

I usually go for the cooked food mind you.

TIP: Go hungry and with a friend- share what you buy so you can eat more and try different things.

My favourite stalls:

The Exotic Meat Company for their Springbok and Buffalo burgers

Shellseekers Fish & Game for their shellfish – my childhood memories are filled with whelks and mussels! Try them fresh with vinegar and pepper.

Chegworth Valley for fresh apple juice straight from their farm.

Also just opposite one of the market entrances on Stoney Street on the corner of Park Street is one of the best coffee houses in London: Monmouth Coffee. You’ll see people queue out the door for a coffee, but don’t worry the queue moves quickly. Promoting fair trade and sustainable farming, the coffee is sourced globally often from small scale farmers. You have to have one! But note there is no such thing as skinny here – just call it a treat!

I often go on a Friday which is a full market day with all stalls open. I start the morning with a Monmouth coffee and enter the market from Stoney Street as the best places to eat are in Jubilee, Middle and Three Crown. (See map below). For breads, cheeses and cured meats head out to Green Market.

For more information on the stalls and travel information visit the official Borough Market Website.

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