The Borough Market is London’s Oldest Fruit & Veg Market, and it’s also the best. On the banks of the Thames, I headed there after a couple of hours walking around the Tate Modern. It was only five minutes along the river and down and into foodie heaven.
The Borough history goes all the way back to at least 1014, when London Bridge drew traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. They were relocated to Borough High Street in the 13th century and apparently they’ve been there ever since.
The market is split into a few sections and has more than 100 individual stores selling a huge variety of British and international goods, including meat, vegetables, seafood, fresh baked goods and a range of ridiculously tasty food to take-away. One butchery, not for the squeamish, even has pheasants and rabbits hanging casually from a beam.
It is well laid out and signposted, so it never felt overrun with other people, and every stand is piled high with top quality stuff. This is no dodgy corner market, and they even have a panel of impartial experts that make sure it stays that way.
Walking around shamelessly salivating, I couldn’t decide what to eat. In the end it was a toss up between freshly scraped raclette on a baked potato or a good old gourmet English pie. The pie won, washed down with a glass of bubbly, just ‘cause I could.
I say forget the cafes and fast food stands around there – Get back to the way it’s been done for centuries, there’s a reason it’s been around this long and it’s an awesome place to eat, drink and get lost for a couple of hours.
Opening Times: The full Market is open Thursdays 11am – 5pm, Fridays 12pm – 6pm and Saturdays 8am – 5pm, while the Green Market is open Monday – Wednesdays from 10am – 3pm with a selection of traders providing quality lunch options.