The area of Borough, south of the Thames River near London Bridge, has been associated with food markets for over 1000 years. According to its own website (http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk), the Borough Market started with traders selling fish, vegetables, livestock and grain in 1014. Today the Borough Market consists of over 100 stalls laden with organic fruit and veg, cheese, wines, ciders, meat, poultry, seafood and baked goods from a variety of British and international producers.
The quality of the food is high and the Market constantly promoted as the place to buy gourmet produce in London by many chefs and cooks from around the world. The traders passionately sell a lot of their own produce and Demonstration Kitchens and cooking schools are frequent public events for those that are keen.
The Borough Market encompasses the Jubilee Market, New Market and Green Market, which spread out under the train lines between the Southwark Cathedral, Stoney Street and Borough High Street. The Market is framed by a variety of English pubs, wine bars, cafes and restaurants that promote a bubbly and stylish backdrop to its friendly and vibrant atmosphere. For a quick bite to eat you can grab a cheese toastie or paella from the stalls inside the Market. However, for a sit down meal try the produce at Black & Blue, some amazing seafood at Fish! or Applebees Fish, or some oysters and delicious wine at Wright Brothers. There is also The Posh Banger Brothers for some authentic sausages, a sushi bar, or for something a little sweet, check out chocolatier The Rabot Estate.
On our recent trip there we sampled the authentic French cheese, pick out a tasty piece of squid and get some advice from the butcher about cooking our first piece of venison. We returned home weighed down by bags of organic (and cheap) veggies, pre-prepared stuffed chicken wrapped and dressed, and a selection of sea food that we had been craving since leaving home many months ago.
Full Market Opening Times:
Thursdays – 11am to 5pm
Fridays – 12pm to 6pm
Saturdays – 8am to 5pm
Lunch Only Opening Times:
Mondays – Wednesdays – 10am to 3pm.
How to get there:
8 Southwark Street
Nearest Train & Underground Station: London Bridge
The Northern Line, Jubilee Line and overground trains from all over London and south England stop here.
Nearest stops are located at Southwark Bridge Road, The Hop Exchange and London Bridge Station.
C10 (to/from Victoria), RV1 (to/from Covent Garden & Tower Gateway), 343 (to/from New Cross), 381 (to/from Peckham), 21 (to/from Lewishham Centre & Newington Green), 35 (to/from Shoreditch), 40 (to/from Dulwhich and Aldgate), 133 (to/from Streatham and Liverpool Street Station), 47 (to/from Shoreditch), 48 (to/from Walthamstow), 149 (to/from Edmonton Green).
The Borough Market is located between London Bridge City Pier and Bankside Pier.
The River Bus (do not confuse with The River Tour) will operate every 15-30 minutes and stop at these piers from London Eye, Embankment, Canary Wharf, Woolwich Arsenal, Blackfriars and Greenwich.
Tip: purchase your ticket from the ticket office prior to boarding the boat. Adult tickets are £5.40 for Oyster holders.
Barclays Cycle Hire:
The nearest docking stations are located at Hop Exchange on Southwark Street and Park Street.
Others are located at New Globe Walk and Union Street.
Interactive Borough Market Map
Transport For London (tube, overground, bus and ferry maps)