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.
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.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Tour the market
- Taste and shop for the Best of British produce
- Dine out or drink in its many bars and restaurants
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).
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.
Taste English Wine
With the trains rattling overhead, step into The Wine Pantry, a bijou shop that’s championing English wine in London. For a small fee, you can taste five different wines, dispensed from special machines. Try wine from English vineyards such as Three Choirs Vineyard, Dedham Vale and Bolney Wine Estate. Pay extra and treat yourself to a glass of English sparkling wine including some from our favourite producers – Chapel Down, Ridgeview Wine Estate and Nyetimber.
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
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I’m gutted. They tell me that with the exception of guide dogs, dogs are not allowed in the Market.