Discover Borough Market, London’s best food market!

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I hadn’t visited Borough Market in years, but recently, I felt the urge to explore this vibrant spot once more. Nestled in the heart of London, Borough Market is a haven of flavours and cultures. It offers a diverse range of artisanal goods, fresh produce, and gourmet delights.

Today, let me introduce you to this historic market, where, as a local foodie or a curious traveler, you will experience the core essence of London lifestyle!

 

Borough Market’s historic heritage

This market has lots of history as its origins are dating back over a thousand years! 

Today, Borough market is run by a charitable trust with a passion for community, and it’s always on the move, with the motto to constantly evolve and meet the needs of its visitors.

A few decades ago, it operated primarily as a wholesale market catering to the greengrocers of south London; today, it stands as a symbol of sustainable food production, promoting short supply chains and fostering social connections, attracting visitors from across the globe.

At Borough Market, you’ll find a plethora of stands bursting with vibrant colours and a diverse array of products from all corners of the world.

As you meander through the market, the delightful aromas floating in the air transport you to a world of flavors and experiences.

For photography lovers, every corner offers a new opportunity for capturing the market’s vibrant essence!

You will find everything at Borough Market, even beautiful flowers…

Borough Market main historic facts

Here’s a selection of the main evolution facts of the Borough Market:

1550: the city of London takes control of the market, expanding trading days from twice a week to four times a week.

1754: due to high congestion on the high street, the Parliament wants to shut down the “increasingly busy market”.

1756: the market is moved to a new location away from the high street, where it stands today.

1862: a railway viaduct cuts through the market, marking the onset of the railway’s expansion that transforms Borough into a prominent wholesale hub for fruits and vegetables.

1930: Charlie Chaplin offer’s of sponsorship turns the Borough Market traders’ annual sports day into a major national news story.

1950s: After the war, Borough Market continues to thrive as the focal point of the fruit and vegetable trade. However, the emergence of supermarkets in the 1980s and 1990s casts uncertainty over its future.

2021: In response to growing customer demand, Borough Market opens its doors on some Sundays for the first time in its recent history.

Exploring Borough Market (Map)

Borough Market comprises three primary sections: Three Crown Square (for larger producers and merchants); Green Market (for small, specialised produce traders); and Borough Market Kitchen, featuring a variety of street food vendors.

In my opinion, the ideal time to explore Borough Market is on Thursday or Friday early in the morning. During these hours, all the stands are open, and the crowds are still manageable. You can also enjoy the vibrant atmosphere created by street performers and musicians, adding a unique charm to the market experience.

Uncovering Borough Yards

Just a few steps away from Borough market I came across Borough Yards. 

It is a project that aims to “establish a dynamic new destination in London, offering opportunities for shopping, dining, work, and leisure activities.”

I find the concept of restoring and repurposing railway arches for diverse social and economic ventures truly inspiring.

Borough Yards boasts an array of shops, restaurants, gourmet bakeries, and charming outdoor seating areas, with the added bonus of a cinema. I was absolutely captivated by this new area, already planning my next outing there with friends as I wandered through!

Don’t miss out on admiring Southwark Cathedral!

Right next to Borough Market, I discovered this stunning cathedral, a true architectural gem.

I was truly captivated by the beauty of the cathedral’s interiors. 

The garden and courtyard, with a Shakespeare sculpture, were pretty enchanting too.

You can also catch a view of The Shard from there. I was just unlucky with the weather, but it’s a fantastic spot to photograph the iconic skyscraper.


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I hope you enjoyed reading this post and found it inspiring! I highly recommend exploring Borough Market, and while you’re at it, why not venture a bit further to visit the Golden Hinde or Tower Bridge nearby? I’d love to hear about your experiences on DOYOUSPEAKLONDON!


To go further:

Borough Market: London SE1 9AL.

More information: https://boroughmarket.org.uk

Borough Yards: Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AD.

More information: https://www.boroughyards.com

Southwark Cathedral: Southwark Cathedral London Bridge London SE1 9DA.

More information: https://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org


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5 thoughts on “Discover Borough Market, London’s best food market!

  1. Fran says:

    Amazing pics! Makes me want to drop everything and go get a crème brûlée doughnut 😁

  2. Doyouspeaklondon says:

    @Fran Haha yes Fran, that’s an excellent idea! My recommendation is to go on a weekday when the market is not too crowded…and all the creme brûlée doughnuts are still available!😁

  3. myriamvigne00 says:

    Il y en a pour tous les goûts dans ce quartier ! Londres est incroyable et toujours surprenant! Merci !

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