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Borough Market

A beautiful wholesale fruit and vegetable market, one of the oldest in London.

TravelCurious Tip

The full market is operational from Wednesday to Saturday, although you can find fruit and vegetables, as well as hot food traders, on Monday and Tuesday as well.

Borough market is one of the oldest and largest markets in the UK, having celebrated it’s 1,000th birthday in 2014. You can find it on the southern side of Southwark cathedral, near London Bridge – you’ll often be able to hear it before you can see it.


Fresh off the Ships

The market has had a rollercoaster ride of riots, closures and changes of fortune over the centuries, but it was in the early 19th century that it really came into its own. Having recently been abolished by an act of parliament, local parishioners took the opportunity to move it to a nearby location. Their chosen site was near the burgeoning wharves near the Thames’ Pool of London, and trade soon began to flourish as tons of fresh produce were brought in from the ships every day. To cope with the boom, a grand set of market buildings were completed in 1851, and are still in use today. The famous Art-Deco entrance on Southwark Street was added in 1932.


Taster Time

These days, Borough Market is a prime location for foodies of all stripes, especially if you’re into specialty foods. Take wander down its crooked little streets and labyrinthine alleyways and you’ll find rare-breed meats from all over the world, as well as a superb range of fresh fish, fantastic cheese and, of course, the usual high-quality produce. Be sure to come with an appetite – there’s an excellent range of hot food traders here, and many of the stalls selling fresh stuff put out enticing trays of tasters to draw you in

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