Borough Market

Borough Market

Those who are still living under the illusion that British people eat mainly oatmeal and puddings need to visit London's real gastronomic paradise, which is certainly Borough Market. Londoners love both good food and the main city market. For many of them a food shopping tour for quality fresh products to that market is like a holiday. If you come here hungry, be careful not to get crazy about the smells of fried sausages and freshly baked pastries. Long stalls with vegetables and delicacies from all over the world will also impress you. Borough Market is considered to be one of the best European food markets due to the fact that it guarantees that it offers eco-friendly foods. Fish stalls are just feast for the eyes with all their magnificent diversity. Note that this is exactly the place to taste the freshest, the cheapest and the most delicious oysters in London.

Borough Market has both great assortment and history that goes ages back. It started in the 13th century and in 1755 the Parliament decided to close the market. However, it was so important for the community that its citizens gathered a huge sum of six thousand pounds and bought the land back from the state. The present-day building was built 250 years ago, and in 2001 it was thoroughly reconstructed. It is easy to spend here all your Saturday walking through the lines looking at exotic sea food and the great array of meats (for instance, deer or zebra meat), cheeses and desserts while admiring blossoming flowers and stylish tableware at the same time.

It is very likely that during your visit to Borough Market you will see a movie or a show being filmed, as the market has long become a whole lot of a movie star. For example, such iconic movies as Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban and Bridget Jones's Diary, as well as the clip for a Savage Garden's song were shot here. We advise you to have a delicious cup of coffee at Monmouth Coffee which is next to the market. For a great meal make a stop at Roast restaurant featuring fine traditional cuisine with items on the menu cooked from best seasonal products provided by the British farmers. Here you can also enjoy some marvelous views over the Shard skyscraper and St. Paul's Cathedral. Another gourmet's venue here is the frequented Fish! Borough Market restaurant. Always fresh supplies and excellent quality of the meals made it one of the critics' best choices for fish restaurants. We advise you to have a nice lunch here, as the place is very comfortable and even kids love the squids and lobsters on the menu. There are even Borough Market tours on different websites.

Address: 8 Southwark Street
Opening hours: market Wed-Thu 10 am – 5 pm, Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 8 am – 5 pm; shops and kiosks Mon-Tue 10 am – 5 pm, closed on Sun, except for December when the market is open seven days a week, on Sun 10 am – 5 pm.
How to reach: London Bridge metro station; buses 21, 35, 40, 133, 343, 344, 381, RV1; 43, 141, 149, 521 to Borough High Street.
Coordinates: 51.5055, -0.09078