Explore Borough Market, London
It’s been a while, we’re sorry!
After 12 months, we’ve settled into London and into our new jobs, flat, we’ve made friends, done loads of travel through Europe as well as explore good ol’ London Town! Hence, why we are starting back with one of our favourite go-to’s to eat and people watch in London, and it’s the famous and oldest Borough Markets!
If you’re into food, culture, people, wine, coffee & a spot of shopping, then READ ON!
First of all, the easiest way to get there is via the tube. Which ever direction you are coming from, make your way too the NORTHERN LINE (Black) and exit at London Bridge. Some tourists make the mistake of exiting at Borough Market tube station, and you can do this but it’s a longer walk to the actual markets. London Bridge is MUCH closer and more convenient.
I always recommend to friends and family that visit us, to download Maps.Me. It’s an app where you can download the cities you visit and you can use it without wifi. It is super easy to navigate, you can save your favourite locations and it helps to get from A to B.
Taken from The Borough Market website January 2019.
You will find the market is closed on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Mondays are the limited markets from 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday & Thursdays you will find the full markets from 10:00 - 17:00
Friday’s is also the full Market from 10:00 - 18:00
Saturdays you have a little bit longer to explore the full market from 8:00 - 17:00
It’s nice to think we are contributing to Londons oldest food markets, and by contributing we mean eating and drinking. Borough Markets has been serving the people of London for roughly 1000 years. Crazy!!
We come here quite often as it’s only 20 minutes on the tube for us and to be honest we love to treat ourselves a little too much! This trip was early December in the lead up to Christmas, it was buzzing with people and thats the type of energy we search for when we go out. England is a cold country, so it can be a bit of a challenge to get yourself out of your warm house and rug up to face the cold temperatures! But we’re learning to love it. Its the change we were looking for when we moved here.
So, back to the markets! I got distracted and didn’t take photos of every single stall, cafe and restaurant here, plus we need to leave some extent of a surprise when you actually come visit!
On that note, do come on an empty stomach!
I am always attracted to the amazing bakery and sweet stalls, where Damo is drawn to the fresh seafood stalls as he finds it fascinating. I could talk about the food for days, but you really just have to check it out for yourself. Each time we have visited this past year, the market has grown in size and in popularity. Borough Market is an exhibition of traditional British food and heritage, it is oozing with fragrance, colour, love and enthusiasm.
Most importantly and one of the reasons why we love this place so much is that you are dealing with real people, the owners of the stores are often the producers as well. They are the bakers of the bread, the fisherman who brings you the fish, the florist who grows their flowers, the farmer who reared the animal and grew the vegetables and the cheesemaker who sells you his cheese. Every stall has a story, people trust them and I think that’s why so many return on a regular basis.
We would love to know if you have too moved here from another country. It’s an exhilarating, ball busting, nerve racking but amazing, on top of the world feeling. Finding your familiarity again, starting from scratch, meeting new faces and exploring new places. I highly recommend it. AND we would love to hear from you. If you have any tips for us or want us to suss out a new area so we can do a blog post about it for you. Please comment or email!