One of the best-known markets in London where you not only can do your groceries, but also enjoy a delicious lunch is Borough Market in the London borough of Southwark. The market, located under the railway bridges of London Bridge station, was founded in 1885 and is known for its artisanal prepared dishes and fresh organic products. The market is located in a popular part of London with many 19th-century streets. If you walk around the neighborhood, many streets will probably make you familiar, as many films have been recorded here, such as Bridget Jones’ Diary, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and even some scenes from Harry Potter.
Previously I had already visited the Borough Market on a rainy Saturday, but this proved to be not a great success. The market is not entirely covered, which causes it to leak on certain parts, especially where you can eat, and secondly on weekends it’s very busy. Borough Market is a real crowd puller, you will find many tourists.
This time I decided, together with a friend who lives also in London, to visit the market on a Wednesday afternoon. A perfect day to experience the market in a different way, it was relatively quiet and we could take the time to view all the stalls. The market has two parts: one with permanent stalls, a kind of mini-shops where you can mainly do your groceries and a part with temporary stalls where you can taste and buy some products. Some of them are closed on Monday and Tuesday. From Wednesday till Saturday you can get the total experience when the entire market is open. Borough Market is closed on Sunday.
In the Netherlands I also went to food markets a lot, but I had not seen it as beautiful as this one before. A real attraction, a food market and decor where you can walk through as a visitor. All stalls are carefully decorated with delicious products that are presented attractively. Products are not very cheap on Borough Market, but they are of high quality and there is a wide range of delicacies and products to try. Strikingly I found the many stalls where they sold cheese. As a Dutch woman, it made me of course very happy, since we have moved to London I really miss good cheese.
Many traders of the Borough Market are producers themselves: farmers, fishermen, bakers. They proudly present and talk about their products. They make time to talk to visitors, the personal touch makes it very special. Other traders have established their reputation for looking for small-scale producers and have taken their goods to Borough Market. The market reflects London as a big capital city, a place where traditional British products come together with regional specialties from all over the world.
It’s difficult to choose what to eat for lunch, there is so much choice. After walking around the market for two times, ‘M’ decided to go for a real German bratwurst. You have to know she is also from the Netherlands and has lived in London for a couple of years, you just miss this kind of food sometimes. A sandwich with bratwurst, sauerkraut and finished with a thick layer of sauce. I must admit it did looked pretty damn delicious.
Still, I decided to go for something else: a Turkish shelf consisting of bread with some spread, a salad of artichoke, chickpeas, tomatoes and parsley and stuffed doughrolls with feta. We closed with some pieces of baklava. Really nice you can find almost all types of kitchens at this trendy London food place.
The Borough Market is a Walhalla if you like good food and want to discover all kinds of different flavors and products from England and the rest of the world. Apart from the fact that London’s oldest fresh food market is worth a visit, you will also find many sights and attractions in Southwark, such as the Tower Bridge and Tate Modern. You can certainly plan a whole day here.
Want to know more about London’s most popular food market in the center of the city? Then visit the website of Borough Market and plan your visit.