Borough Market

Borough Market CheeseI love farmers markets, and London has more than enough markets to satisfy everyones interests. Some are better known than others, like Borough Market which just so happens to be the most well known food market in London. Dating as far back as the 11th century, Borough has been known for its food markets, attracting traders selling grain, vegetables, fish and livestock. In the 13th century the traders and market were displaced and relocated to Borough High Street where the market has been ever since, aside from a short closing by Parliament in 1755. A group of locals raised the money to buy the land and reopen the market though, and “The Triangle” as it’s known is still at the heart of the market. Anyway, back to the interesting stuff. Borough Market is a paradise for anyone who loves exceptional food from independent suppliers from throughout the UK and abroad. As soon as we exit the London Bridge Tube station, the aromas from the food stalls fill the air. People are in abundance and the atmosphere is full of life. Farmers markets back in the states have nothing on this. Walking into the market, we’re surrounded by the most amazing selection of fresh vegetables, cheese, meat, preserves, patisseries, beer, wine and more. Where to start?! We perused the market finding all sorts of goodies. Be careful though, as it’s easy to spend your last paycheck here if you don’t pay attention. Most of the stalls happily hand out tasters of their products, which is delicious, but can also sabotage your lunch if you had plans to swing into one of the fantastic restaurants on-site, like Elliots. The local restaurants work closely with the market suppliers, using the freshest in-season ingredients to create their menus.

Borough Meat Selection

Borough Meat Selection

 

If you aren’t into a sit-down meal, there are hundreds of other options such as curries, paella, oysters, and every type of burger or meat known to mankind. To satisfy those with a sweet tooth, there’s everything from pies to meringues, gelato to brownies, and all sorts of cakes and tortes. And it can all be washed down with bubbly drinks, shakes, a beer or some wine.

Fresh Veggies

Fresh Veggies

 

 

One of the best parts of the market is that it caters to everyone, including those with food allergies or dietary restrictions. One of my favourite is the Free From Bakehouse. As someone with a love-hate relationship with dairy and sugar, I love the selection they provide. Everything they sell is gluten-free, with many of the options also being dairy, sugar, and egg-free as well.

Borough Market Bread

When you go, be sure to get there early in the morning. If you go anytime after 10am, the market is packed full with mums and their buggies and tourists with cameras stopping at every stall to snap a photo. And don’t forget everyone standing around eating their samples and purchases. If you want to truely experience the food selection London has to offer, Borough Market is the place to go!

Selection of Olives

Selection of Olives

Curry

Curry

Chocolates

Chocolates

Vegetable Selection

Vegetable Selection

Meat Market

Meat Market

Preserves

Preserves

FIsh Selection

Fish Selection

 

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