Borough has been a lively area since prehistoric times, but it became a bustling trade centre when the Romans founded Londinium around 43 AD. Its position on the Thames and proximity to London Bridge has ensured it's remained a trading hub ever since. Borough is now dominated by Borough Market, which gives the area its reputation as a foodie's paradise. Generally, the best restaurants are in or very near the market but, if you know where you're looking, you can find some gems hidden away. The bars and pubs are more spread out but are worth a little walk. Which is just as well, given how much you're guaranteed to eat in Borough.
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Bars and pubs in Borough
Things to do in Borough
Oft overlooked by Borough Market shoppers (though its toilets are a handy stop, and its pretty churchyard an alfresco lunchtime destination), the nearby Southwark Cathedral is actually a fascinating historic site.