Visit London’s Famous Food Market on a Borough Market Tour

by | Dec 1, 2015

Borough Market, Southwark, London

Serious Foodies flock from all over the capital to feast, drink and shop at Borough Market. Located under the railway arches next to Southwark Cathedral, the market has undergone a dramatic transformation in recent years and is now a top tourist attraction in the city.

Roof Arches Borough Food Market London
Visit London’s famous Borough Market in Southwark

Londoners love hanging out at Borough Market. It’s where they come for nourishment, inspiration and culinary therapy.

Buy a coffee from The Monmouth Coffee Company and browse the shops and market stalls for delicious produce from all across the British Isles and around the globe.Taste cheese at Neals Yard Dairy, savour some delectable street food or pop in to one of the many restaurants and bars dotted all around.

Christmas time at the market is especially magical and, throughout the year, there’s an excellent programme of delicious events for foodies to feast upon. Restorative and unmissable.

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Have A Wander Around London’s Most Popular Food Market

There is so much to see and do at Borough Market. You could spend hours here discovering different delights at every corner. Wander around at your own pace or join a guided tour to learn more about the market’s history and hear stories about the producers. Discover juicy facts such as the famous door where, in the movie Bridget Jones, Rene Zellweger runs out on to a snowy London street clad in her famous underwear.

 

Start With A Monmouth Coffee

Start your day on the corner of Park Street and Stoney Street by joining the inevitable queue outside the Monmouth Coffee Company, the market’s iconic coffee store. They roast their beans in nearby Bermondsey, sourcing single origin beans from farms, estates and cooperatives around the world. Order a coffee or stock up on beans, either whole or ground.

Shop for Britain’s Best Field to Fork and Artisan Produce

Saturday shoppers looking to source a joint for a Sunday roast make a beeline for the Rhug Farm Estate stall or The Ginger Pig butcher. Foodie Travellers who have ventured to North Wales will already know the joy of stopping off at the Rhug Farm Shop to taste one of their organic bison burgers. To source fruit for turning into crumbles and pies, shop at the Chegworth Valley stall. All the fruit is grown at the family farm in Kent. Pick up a few bottles of their freshly-squeezed juice with interesting combinations (we like the pear and raspberry).

People browsing the Food Stalls at Borough Market in London
Browse the market stalls

Specialist food stall selling salami at Borough Market London
Royal Kitchens Cottage Garden

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Work up an appetite for lunch and simply graze your way around the market eating on the hoof, street-food style. The line-up varies but on any given day, you can buy savoury snacks such as a pork ciabatta roll from Roast Hog, a gourmet Scotch egg from Scotchtails or a Pieminster pie. For the perfect accompaniment to your lunch, try drinking a pint of New Forest cider.

Have Afternoon Tea (or go to Cake School)

For the sweet-toothed, treat yourself to a chocolate-themed afternoon tea at Rabot 1745, Hotel Chocolat’s restaurant and chocolate emporium. Sit on their lovely balcony overlooking the market for the best view of all the action below. Don’t miss eyeing up the cakes at Konditor & Cook. Their mini sponge cakes, decorated with glitter and icing, make the perfect naughty-but-nice side-kick to a pot of tea. Sign up to their Cake School and get all creative by learning to decorate your own.

Chegworth Valley fruit display Borough Market London
Chegworth Valley fruit display

Konditor & Cook's Cake School sign
Go to Konditor & Cook’s Cake School

Go up The Shard

End your visit by heading to the Shard, London’s tallest building which you can’t fail to spot as it grabs the prime spot in the skyline. Sip a cocktail and watch the night sky come alive with the lights of the city or start your day here by booking ‘brunch with a view.’

  • On Saturday, visit the smaller and more intimate Malty Street Market which is a short walk from Borough
  • Borough market is closed on a Sunday

 

Dog Policy Mr Hendricks says, “I’m gutted. They tell me that with the exception of guide dogs, dogs are not allowed in the Market”.


How to Find Borough Market

Borough Market, 8 Southwark Road, London, SE1 1TL

Borough Food Market

 

Borough Market Tour

  • 3-hour food tour of Borough Market with a former chef
  • Taste wine in an award-winning warehouse
  • Discover the secrets of making chocolate
  • Listen to talks from a cheese-maker and a producer of English charcuterie
  • Enjoy freshly-caught oysters from a stall in Borough Market
  • Small-group tour, limited to 15 people

Taste of Borough Market Experience For Two

  • 3-hour Borough Market experience
  • Taste a bounty of treats including special seasonal and exotic products
  • Listen to the stories behind the creation of  fabulous artisan foods
  • Meet the traders
  • Enjoy a tutored wine tasting


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