The Borough Market, dating back to the 13th century, is located on London’s South bank where you can shop and eat at any of the incredible gourmet food stalls. A gourmand’s shopping paradise, stalls filled with pastries, breads, meats, seafood, specialty products and fragrant spices.
“An unmissable destination for London food lovers, catering to both top chefs in search of premium ingredients and hungry locals looking to graze” Timeout London Magazine
I’m here on a rainy Monday morning and quite a few stalls are closed. There are still lots to see and give me a feel for the place. I spot a few vendors selling lunch items from roast beef sandwiches to vegetarian curries. Tasting samples line the counters from Halva to corned beef. Unlike La Boqueria Market in Barcelona, which is fully operational every day, the butchers and vegetable vendors here are closed. Shellseekers is open and offering up fried scallops and bacon, which look mouthwatering. Brindisa is closed, but during the weekends crowds line for it’s a famous chorizo roll.
There are a number of sit-down restaurants at the Borough Market including Roast (traditional English fare) Tapas Brindisa (best tapas dishes outside of Spain) and Wright Brothers (oysters, beer and seafood). Fish serves fresh seafood dishes and take away service.
Borough Market, Stoney St, SE1 (www.boroughmarket.org.uk)
Best time to visit: Saturday mornings from 8am or 9am and from midday on Thursday or Friday.