A Food Lover's Dream
This has been on my 'to-do' list since arriving in London in September last year, but we only got round to visiting Borough Market fairly recently. It was definitely a food lover's paradise, full of the most amazing fresh goods, artisanal products, and CHEESE! We visited the market on a pretty cold day (it was absolutely freezing), but enjoyed it nonetheless! Just for a bit of background information, Borough Market is London's oldest food market and has been around for at least 1000 years (wow!). It is open throughout the week, with the full market open between Wednesday and Saturday and a smaller, limited market on Monday and Tuesday. The Market showcases a number of amazing vendors, and encourages awareness regarding what we eat and where it comes from. You can read more about the history of the market here.
Taking it Slow
I've been a huge fan of the Slow Food movement for years. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation, that aims to celebrate and protect local food cultures and traditions, oppose the rise of the hustle and bustle of 'fast' life, and raise awareness about the food we eat, where it comes from, and how our food choices have larger effects on the world around us. Borough Market has a number of wonderful traders and products that fit into this movement, approaching food production with an emphasis on localised traditions and customs. This means that eating with the seasons, recognising pasture-reared meat and fish as items of value (rather than staple food items), and buying only what’s necessary without wasting is part of their vision. The market also goes a long way to reduce waste of both food and packaging materials, encouraging producers to value quality and sustainability over profit (which is pretty awesome!).
Don't Miss Out On...
- Monmouth coffee - we bought flat whites and a small bag of Kenyan origin coffee from here, and the coffee was delicious (seriously some of the best coffee I've tasted here since leaving behind my beloved Motherland coffee back home)
- Bread Ahead
- The Free From Bakehouse - for anyone in need of gluten-, wheat-, and dairy-free treats
- Bath Soft Cheese Co
- Mons Cheesemongers
- and then pretty much all of the fresh fruit and veggie vendors
- A cloth shopping bag - for all of the goodies that you buy
- A list of produce that you'll need for the week ahead - the veggies and fruits at the market are super affordable, and supporting local farmers is always a great idea
- Warm clothes in the Winter/Autumn/early Spring
- Your wallet :)
Visit the Market
We were told to arrive at the market earlier in the day on Saturday, and I'm pretty glad that we got there early on the Saturday (around 9:00). As the day goes on the market definitely gets busier and busier. Borough Market is located on Southwark Street and Borough High Street, near to the South End of London Bridge. Getting to the market is fairly easy by:
- Train - London Bridge Station
- Underground - London Bridge Station via Jubilee or Northern line
- Bus - London Bridge and Borough High Street stops (43, 141, 149, 521 routes)
- Car - see the website for parking information