Borough Market is a busy, buzzing market. It's open for lunch on Monday to Wednesday, 10 am to 3pm and there is a full market day on Thursday to Saturday.
If you going on a weekend be prepared for crowds, especially around lunchtimes.
There's plenty on offer for the foodie, with food from around the world on offer.
It's not cheap but if you are looking for something special then you can usually find it at this market.
The place for coffee connoiseurs and lovers.
Like whole roasted beans? Filter? Instant? All of these are available under the same roof!
27 Monmouth Street WC2H 9EU
2 Park Street, Southwark London SE1 9AB
What to buy: World coffee, sourced from private and large merchants, in various forms, from around the world.
Do they stock Blue Mountain from Jamaica? YES; Columbian - YES, Darjeeling - YES, Civet from Malaysia - YES!!
Also Panamanian coffee produced exclusively from geisha beans, Nicaraguan coffee, etc.
They grind beans in front of you if you prefer.
You can sample any coffee at either of their two outlets, and request a packed quantity of the one(s) you like.
What to pay: What's your budget, and quota?
This is the best market I have ever seen for a choice of foods with a difference and a great atmosphere. Situated under busy railway arches trains thunder above every few minutes and it is mainly covered but on a Saturday visit very, very busy to the point of the crowds actually spoiling what should be a great shopping experience.
The market only concentrates on food - to buy and take home such as fruit and vegetables but also a great range of food to take away and eat in containers - take it to the grounds of Southwark Cathedral for somewhere to sit and eat.
Wonderful choices of cheeses ( the Dutch cheese selection is as good as in a Dutch market) , breads to die for and other gastronomic delights such as paellas, currys. sausages, giant bread sticks with turkey and stuffing etc.
Expect some disruption in 2010 when trains are diverted to new tracks in the area.
Only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday - see the website for opening times.
Note - some traders did not like the sight of cameras and one asked me not to take photos. The website does in fact say permission must be sought to take photos - I don't agree with this as this is a public place - in my opinion take your camera - there are some great photos to be had.
What to pay: Not cheap - I accept that quality food comes at a price but three cans of standard soft drinks for £4.00! The traders would never get away with that outside London - how do ordinary local people afford these prices or put up with them?
Even though Borough Market was not open when were there, Neal's was a hub of activity. After trying about 5 or 6 samples of various cheeses we selected 2. One was a Glouchester Cheddar which we enjoyed as an appetizer before our dinner and then again the next day as a snack under Big Ben.
What to buy: Any type of cheese you could imagine and then some.
What to pay: Depends on the type of cheese you buy.
The Borough Market is a great find for anyone visiting or living in London. I get my weekly groceries here on Saturday mornings, but it is a great place to just take a stroll through as well. Most vendors offer samples of their products and the stalls range from produce, to hand made truffles, to fresh breads and cheeses. Make sure you come hungry and experience all of the delicious products
What to buy: There are two great finds when it comes to the Borough Market are the Toased Cheese Sandwiches. The stall is in the outdoor part of the market towards the left back corner. Very delicious and always a long line of eager patrons! These sandwiches were featured on the Travel Channel's show "Samantha Brown: Passport to London" so they have since become even more popular. A toastie is a great way to cap off your day at the market
Another fantastic product is mushroom pate, from a stall called Pate Moi, located near the Cheese sandwich stand. So delicious on the fresh breads that are also sold at the market and a nice treat if you are looking for something different.
What to pay: Prices vary depending on which vendor you go to. There are defiantly some that are more expensive than others so before you buy, walk around the whole market so you can determine where you want to spend you money
Borough Market is London’s oldest food market. There has been a market on this site for 250 years. At night it is a wholesale market, but during the day it draws discerning London shoppers and tourists, who are interested in good food from around the UK and beyond. Most of the produce on offer is organic, and the traders are closely associated with, or in some cases are the producers, so you get knowledgeable service and expertise. Most will offer you a taste, and make suggestions on how you might use or cook the ingredient, so it’s a great place for keen cooks to pick up new ideas.
There are two main areas to the market: Crown Square (the area bounded by Southwark, Stoney and Bedale Streets), and the Green Market (the area beneath the railway bridges north east of Bedale Street beside the cathedral). There also lots of interesting shops and restaurants in the nearby streets, so do wander off to explore these too. It tends to be pretty crowded, and a bit maze-like, so if you come in a group do keep a close eye on each other if you want to stay together, or maybe agree a meeting point where you’ll all head should you become separated.
The market is open for retail trade on Thursdays (11.00 AM – 5.00 PM), Fridays (midday – 6.00 PM) and Saturdays (9.00 AM – 4.00 PM).
What to buy: Among other goodies, look out for wonderful olives, herbs and spices, free range and organic meat, real ales, organic fruit and vegetables, flowers, bread and other baked goods and much more!
What to pay: Prices aren’t cheap, because you’re paying for small scale production methods, but most things are reasonable value for the quality.
Last visit June 2007
I "discovered" this market on my August 2005 trip to London on my way to meet my hubby for the London triathlon, this is a food lover's paradise! Saturday is the day to go, when all the food vendors are there plying their wares, scents wafting through the crowds. A lot of it is food to take home and cook, meat, fish, cheeses, baked goods, pasteries, wine, cider, chocolates. But there is also a variety of prepared foods, on our 2007 visit we tried a yummy raclette (L4.50) which is a block of cheese that is melting over a flame, the melted cheese is poured over potatoes and pickles, delicious! We also grabbed some haddock and chips, the best we had in London on this visit (L6.95).
If you happen to be here, be sure to stop by Southwark Cathedral which is right around the corner.
Open (check website for updates)
Thursdays: 11am to 5pm
Fridays: 12pm to 6pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm
This is a collection of small scale farm/grower producers selling speciality meat such as rare breeds of sheep and beef, fish and fish products such as potted shrimps, speciality breads, cheeses, and one or two stalls from european artisans selling olives and olive oil from Greece and Italy. I understand there are more than 60 traders and that the site has been used as a commercial food market since 1756. Open Fri 12-6pm (but on my visit the stallholders begin to close down from 5pm onwards); Sat 9am - 4pm.
What to buy: We bought a "Wether" Herdwick sheep shoulder joint (a wether is a sheep between 2 and 4 years old from the northern Lake District. A Herdwick is a special breed of sheep that is especially adapted to survive on the very exposed Lakeland Fells. It is a hefted bred i.e. it always knows its own fell and doesn't roam off). We bought this from Farmer Sharpe. We also bought some really good French Compte cheese.
Orginally this market was for wholesale only. Now its very popular with everyone looking for fresh food. The market is in existence since the early 13th century. 50 plus stalls selling produce from all over the country from Thursday and Friday 12 to 6 and from 9 to 4 on Saturdays. You can buy fresh fish, fresh bread (l bought some and it was delicious), the stall holders also sell meat, vegtables cheeses coffee, cakes and patisseries. Its a nice way to spend the afternoon especially if you plan to cook dinner with fresh foods.
What to buy: Everything from fruit to veggies to bread or fish and meat.
The best place in London to get your fresh produce, or some nice take-away food to eat while you walk along the Thames to the Tate Modern
What to buy: Organic food
What to pay: A little more than most markets