Borough Market

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© Kate Peters
© Kate Peters
© Kate Peters
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London’s best, and best-known, food market is chock-a-block with takeaway choices, should all that prime produce make you hungry on the hoof.

The food hound’s favourite market is also London’s oldest, dating back to the 13th century. It’s the busiest too, occupying a sprawling site near London Bridge. Gourmet goodies run the gamut, from fresh loaves and rare-breed meats, via fish, game, fruit and veg, to cakes and all manner of preserves, oils and teas; head out hungry to take advantage of the numerous free samples. A rail viaduct, vigorously campaigned against, is now in place, which means restored historic features have been returned and works disruption should now be at an end. As if to celebrate, a new Market hall, facing onto Borough High Street, has been opened: it acts as a kind of greenhouse for growing plants (including hops), as well as hosting workshops, tastings and foodie demonstrations. You can also nip in with your snack if the weather’s poor.

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Venue name: Borough Market
Address: 8
Southwark Street
Opening hours: Open for lunch: Mon, Tue 10am-5pm; Full Market: Wed, Thur 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-6pm; Sat 8am-5pm
Transport: Tube/Rail: London Bridge

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  • Until Thursday December 31 2015 Free
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  • Until Saturday July 18 2015
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  • Sunday July 12 2015 Free
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  • Friday July 24 2015 - Sunday July 26 2015
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  • Tuesday July 28 2015
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  • Tuesday August 25 2015
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  • Tuesday September 29 2015
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Average User Rating

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Elizabeth Greitzer

What a great vibe at Borough Market. Get there early before it gets too crowded. A few favorites: Artisan du Chocolat in the Green Market sells bags of "seconds" for only £2.50 - a total bargain (and fun to guess what flavor you have) for London's best chocs. Sandwiches at Roast (the stall under the restaurant) are amazing including bacon and egg buttie. Mons cheese has a few choices - all beautifully selected, and they give generous tastes so you can decide which ones to buy. Numerous great bread stalls including a newish Russian one with about 8 different varieties of rye alone.

susan alison

If you are a foodie - this is the place for you, totally fresh food, plenty of wonderful stuff to sample, fabulous cheese stalls and a lovely variety of herbs, fruit and veg, a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds, can't wait to go again!


My first time ever today- if you're a cheese lover you'll be satsfied with the numerous cheese stalls. Make sure to go hungry for you'll be buying alot of the food you were offered to sample..


I visited a few months ago and i was greatly impressed by huge array of high quality food stalls and even the structure that the market runs beneath - an authentic London market for food lovers of various kinds. I discovered and tasted olive tea for the first time and enjoyed an extremely tasty molten cheese sandwich. I'm sure i'll find more foodie delights upon my next visit.


A fantastic place to spend a morning. I have been to Borough Market many times and there is always something new to discover. There's a huge variety of stalls, and you can usually taste what's on offer before you buy. The cheese stands out for me , and the stall which sells Raclette is outstanding!


A feast for foodies! After a year in London I finally made it to Borough markets to see what all the hype was about and was it worth it. It's an assault on the senses. Everywhere you look there is a riot of sights and smells. There is enough cheese on sale here to sinks battle ship - something for even the most disconcerting fromage lover. I shared a huge gourmet sausage in a bun (trust me when I say that description doesn't do this lunch justice!) with a friend and we struggled to finish it. I spend forever wondering through the fruit and vegetable section getting ideas for future meals and left with a huge bags of herbs, tomatoes and eggplants for my dinner that evening. Don't skip looking at all the beautiful oils too. It's well worth the crowds to find that perfect basil flavoured extra virgin olive oil. As always with London, come early to avoid the main tourist times. It's a market so bring cash, a shopping bag and don't forget the bring your empty stomach.


Borough market is a foodie heaven. One of my favourite games is tasting each and every stall - without offending the vendor of course... otherwise it is a bit heavy on the wallet. The best choc brownies can be found at Borough market. BEWARE.


DO NOT GO IF YOU ARE ON A DIET! Borough market is a dream come through if you can't decide what to have for lunch on a Friday or Saturday. There, you'll be bombarded with sights and smells from the salty tang of fresh mussels, the hearty aromas of saffron from the giant paella pans to the mouth watering crunch of a roast hog turning on a spit. Note: Always bring at least £15 quid which would be enough for at least two gluttonous sins and a latte from the famous Monmouth coffee bar as not many of the vendors do not accept card payments.

Nicola Ford

LOVE BOROUGH MARKETS! Delicious food, a variety of independent stalls, great atmosphere ... a lovely day out!

Susie Clayton

I LOVE Borough Market! I travel all the way up from West Wales on the overnight coach to spend a day wandering and munching my way around the best market in London, nay, the UK. Always different, but comfortingly familiar, Borough Market showcases the very best of food and drink that the country has to offer. Eat, drink and explore and discover foods you never knew existed. And it's free to roam!! A wonderful day out in the Capital.

Becky C

A weekend in London isn't complete without a trip to Borough, if only for a tub of mushroom pate and some goat's milk ice cream! Wandering the market is one of my favourite ways to spend a Saturday, however Borough ever-increasing popularity does make it less enjoyable these days and it can often be so crowded I just give up and go home. Maybe one to try on days when the weather isn't so good...?


Great and special food that you can only buy there, not to expensive and you can try everything before buying - amazing place!!

brian o reilly

great market for food of every kind,a small park next door and a 1000 yearold southwalk church,what more could you want