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London has become a hugely cosmopolitan city with some of the biggest modern advances in the developed world.
The city is home to a variety of innovative buildings in the world – none more so than The Shard. Towering over London it represents the latest triumph in modern architecture and has become another tourist attraction. Not too far away is The Gherkin which has become a focal point of London’s financial district.
While the city is advancing at an astronomical pace, there are parts of London that remind tourists and locals alike of the capital’s past. One of these is Borough Market. Situated in the shadow of The Shard, it remains among the largest and oldest food markets in London selling a range of the best produce around.
Just a short walk from London Bridge station and sitting in the borough of Southwark, Borough Market is an absolute must for anyone visiting the city. Here you can pick up some of the finest foods the city’s traders have to offer.
Here is your guide to Borough Market.
Borough Market can trace its history back to 1276, although the market claims that it existed as early as 1014, with traders coming to sell their produce to the inhabitants of London on a daily basis. The building in which it stands at the minute was designed in 1851 with an Art Deco style entrance being added in 1860.
Alongside Covent Garden market it has become a main supplier to the restaurant and bar trade around London. It means when you decide to splash out on a fancy meal in some of the city’s famous eateries you know that the produce is coming from just a couple miles down the road.
It is not just London traders that populate the stalls of Borough Market. Businesses from all over the UK come to this part of south London for fruit, vegetables, meat, game and freshly baked bread and pastries. Famous names such as Vitacress, Lee Brothers, Manny Sugarman, Eddy Robbins, Elsey and Bent and AW Bourne all pitch up at the market.
Borough Market is also a great place to enjoy a tasty treat. As well as the abundance of stalls there are various street food vendors so you can buy snacks from around the globe as you peruse the market.
What to buy at Borough Market
There is so much choice in Borough Market you will spend hours looking at the various stalls and taking in the sights and smells of the place. Every week the market highlights a special ‘product of the week’. This week it is the turn of the Melton Mowbray pork pies.
You can not have a trip to England without tasting a homemade pork pie. These culinary delights are a staple of the British lifestyle and have been made on these shores since Elizabeth King put together pork and pastry in 1853. Her legacy lives on at Mrs King’s Pork Pies situated at the Middle Road trading area of Borough Market.
It is not just British cuisine on offer as De Calabria offers a huge selection of Italian delicacies including cured meats such as sopressata. The French Comte has a range of artisan food and wine with a wide array of cheeses native from just over the Channel.
Fancy a tipple? Borough Market has you covered with some of the best British beer and cider. New Forest Cider has the New Forest’s best appley beverages and picks the fruit from it own dedicated orchard. A must for all connoisseurs is Borough Wines which brings together bottles from all over the world, even as far as Lebanon, Austria and New Zealand.
Pubs close to Borough Market
There are a host of drinking establishments around Borough Market, great for a quick tipple after a long day at the market.
The George Inn Yard – 77 Borough High Street, Southwark, SE1 (opposite Borough Market)
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese – 145 Fleet Street, City of London, EC4A (20 minutes from Borough Market)
Wheatsheaf – 6 Stoney Street, Bankside, SE1 (next to Borough Market)
The Rake – 14 Winchester Walk, Bankside, SE1 (two minutes from Borough Market)
Vinopolis – 1 Bank End, Bankside, SE1 (three minutes from Borough Market)
Parking at Borough Market
While driving in London is not the best option, considering the amount of transport links across the city, parking is available at Borough Market.
Spaces are available in Jubilee Place for customers that are not able to use other forms of transport. Parking is charged at £4 for a maximum stay of two hours. The parking scheme operates as follows:
09:45 – 15:15 – Monday and Tuesday
10:45 – 17:15 – Wednesday and Thursday
11:45 – 18:15 – Friday
07:45 – 17:15 – Saturday
There is a map available to help navigate around the market.
Hotels near Borough Market
London city suites by Montcalm hotel
22 min (1.6 mi) via A3
The Montcalm at The Brewery London City Hotel
24 min (1.6 mi) via A3
M by Montcalm London Shoreditch Tech City Hotel
28 min (1.9 mi) via A3
The Montcalm Royal, Finsbury Square, City Of London Hotel
24 min (1.6 mi) via A3