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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
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Address: 8
Southwark Street
London
SE1 1TL
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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tastemaker

As a foodie this is my favourite place to be :))) Highly recommend to anyone living in London and coming here to visit! 


I visited recently with friends from out of town and once again it was a real treat. Starting with brunch we had many options from the street food venders or by partaking in one of the local restaurants in the area. Don't be put off by rain either in winter as much of the market is under cover. I love suggesting the market as a starter for the day when I have guests in London or meeting up with friends from different parts of the city. Its a great location to kick on to other days activities with London Bridge there, a stroll along the river to the Southbank and more! Do check it out, do arrive hungry, and do spend the time to explore the establishments surrounding the market also. 

tastemaker

Very cool. The prices weren't amazing, however. I was very cold and there were no outdoor heaters which made it hard to walk around. It's also pretty far from the center of town. If you've ever been to Barcelona it's similar to the market there! Love the vibe, though. The picture is from around the corner!

tastemaker

This market is hands down one of the best places to grab some delicious treats from around the world. It's a bit overpriced, but whatever you're looking for you're sure to find it here in all sizes, flavours and cultures. I'd appreciate more places to sit down and relax the food, but if you're just planning to walk around come down and enjoy a feast in your mouth, and then find a pub to chill. There are a few good ones around here!

tastemaker

This place is fantastic! If you are in search of gastronomic heaven then Borough Market is the place for you. Lively and iconic this market has something for everyone. From fresh vegetables to live lobsters you can find almost anything to tickle your fancy whether its lunch or a snack. I went in search of cheese (the best food ever) and was faced with at least five different cheese mongers to choose from. I ended up going with a french cheese monger and got to try an array of wonderful oozy cheeses including a 20 month aged comte- delicious! In the wake of the attack on London Bridge it is amazing that this place is still as busy and vibrant as it was before and it really represents the community and spirit of London since reopening. I would go every weekend if possible and its got to be in my top ten things to do in London. 

tastemaker

Literally my favourite place to visit in London. Come hot or cold, rain or shine, you will have such a fun experience wandering around this unique little market, nibbling on food samples and embracing the different cultures of food it has to offer! To avoid the large lunch time crowds, especially on a Saturday, it’s best to get to the market for around 10am. This way you get an hour or so to wander before the crowds hit. I would definitely advice to go to the market hungry, as you are constantly being offered samples and the hot food stalls offer some amazing varieties of lunch time dishes. My personal favourite food op is the calamari, which you can find right in the middle of the market. Although there is usually a queue, it is definitely worth the wait! There are also some prosecco and bucks fizz stalls set up offering take away glasses from £3.50 – perfect if you’re visiting with friends and fancy a bit of elegance whilst making your way through the market.

Tastemaker

Horrendously overpriced, awfully busy, but a London must-see for visitors! Tips - try and go in the week, or early at the weekend, or it's far too busy. The bread stalls always look amazing, as do the cake stalls! Don't bother with the raclette - it's not as great as it looks. 

Tastemaker

Beloved food market in Southbank. As one of the most iconic in London (I would its popularity the Camden's one), I always come back to try something new on the go. If you like more extravagant deli products, there are also few here with good selection of cheese and vegetables products. Nice to visit either as a tourist or as a local to get your weekly supplies.

tastemaker

Heaven on earth for foodies - vibrant and iconic market with a number of different stalls so everyone can find something  for his taste. My personal favorites are oysters and the hot cider. 

The only disadvantage of the market are its weekdays closing times. So unfair for everyone who works offices hours. Loads of different choices. 

Tastemaker

Lively buzzing place at lunchtimes! There are spills of tourists and workers alike all queuing for a bite to eat. Despite the terror attacks earlier this year, people have not been put off as it should be! The best part of this place is the open space feel which makes it feel al fresco all year long!

tastemaker

I am giving Borough Market four stars because it's unfair that it closes at 5pm on a weekday.


When I used to work near Southwark, nearly every day ended with me wondering around between the stalls, drooling over cheese and especially vegetables. I come here for groceries, mainly (when I can), because nowhere else have I seen such variety and burst of colour. Especially the tomatoes. Gorgeous.


Aside from groceries like meat, cheese, wine, vegetables and olives (heaven!), weekends are all about the street food. Borough Market is home to one of the best Scotch egg stalls I've ever had the chance to encounter (Scotchtails) and is also surrounded by lovely pubs in case you need a sit-down. 


There's everything from sweets to oysters - it's pretty special.


The only other downside, apart from the fact that I can never make it here on time, is the crowd. Anytime there's a cool event hosted here, like the Paris market or Christmas specials, the crowds become pretty unbearable. It's a shame, but it often deters me.



tastemaker

I absolutely love Borough market and it's definitely a must see for anybody visiting London. 

The market is lovely and the surroundings are brilliant! (Underground: London Bridge, 5mn walk from the Queen's walk and plenty of brilliant pubs).
Even though I've lived in London for three years I am not bored of Borough Market yet! 

The best thing to do (at least what I love doing) is to grab a couple of friends, buy as many bites as you can on the market (don't need to spend more than a tenner to get a decent amount of food) and share it all for lunch. There's always plenty of delicious things to discover and the vendors on the stands are usually very nice and chatty. 

Tastemaker

Borough market is without a doubt one of my favourite markets in London, mainly because it’s centred on food- food to eat straight away and fresh produce for all your cooking needs! The only semi-negative comment I can make about the market, is that it’s so big, I can’t taste everything I want to in one visit!! It’s a staple spot to take visitors and if ever you can’t decide what you fancy eating for lunch, it will have something you never realised you wanted. You can pick up a python or ostrich steak from the Exotic Meat Company or a fresh off the grill wild highland venison burger from Furness Food Hut. This 1,000 year old market is always loved and not to be missed! 

tastemaker

Just opposite to London Bridge's tube station you'll find Borough Market, the equivalent of Wonderland for the foodies. Image that you fancy preparing a recipe, but then, going through the ingredients, you stumble upon a type of Curry you've never heard of, or a particular kind of meat you'll hardly find in supermarkets. The solution might be just around the corner at Borough Market, so give it a try! Indeed, the stalls offer an extremely wide variety of food coming from all around the world (try the Spanish Paella, it's delicious), fresh loafs and donuts, cheese, an incredibly variety of Currys, special kinds of meat (like kangaroo, zebra, snake, etc..), fruit and vegetables. My suggestion is: go early in the morning, as the best things obviously sell out very fast; go on a full stomach and try samples if you wish (I tried a delicious Paella and a few types of Curry). Be prepared,it can be pricey, I know, but you'll need to pay for quality and highly valued food. 

tastemaker

Don't visit if you are feeling too hungry as you're likely to eat your way around the whole market! Not only is there so much choice and everything looking fresh but there are unusual foods that you may not get in your local supermarkets. Kangaroo burgers and liquorice covered in white chocolate and chilli powder are just a couple of the delights. If you want to stop and take photos of everything (like I do) then avoid going in the middle of lunch time as it can get very busy.

tastemaker

A wonderful little market filled with delicious foodie delights serving everything you could possibly want from a Insta-worthy market. However, if like me you attended on one of the busiest days/nights (Evening of Cheese), The Market Porter pub, right next to the market, is a great place to take refuge and at £18 for a bottle of wine and two packets of crisps, it offers great prices too. Although overcrowded the cheese I did get to sample was fantastic, my absolute favourite being Neal's Yard Dairy's Stilton. I will definitely be back but maybe on a quieter day...

Tastemaker

Londons hidden gem and a foodies idea of paradise. The sights and smells of this place are phenomenal. You can pick up the best meat, cheese and bread in the whole city. Freshly produced street food is everywhere you look. I highly recommend the salt beef steak sandwich and for dessert the doughnuts from bread ahead, top Tip, go early! These doughnuts sell out daily! It's just a stones throw away from London Bridge, it's a definite must see place for any tourist visiting the capital.

tastemaker

A must-do for any self professed foodies - literally can spend hours eating your way around Borough Market and it's in a fabulous location to allow you to walk off the grub with some sightseeing afterwards! Highly recommend the salt beef sandwiches in the middle of the market...


Any friend visiting London, I would absolutely recommend Borough market as a "must see". It's a huge amount of fun and there are lots of high quality products, and some more unusual, to taste and try. The only downsides are that it is always absolutely heaving, so your friend that stops to taste a bit of the truffle infused parmesan will be instantly lost in the crowd, and you'll spend the next two hours looking for them. The other disadvantage, is that the food is often incredibly overpriced, but then, it's a tourist attraction in London - so what can you expect?


Definitely worth a visit for any food friends passing by!

Tastemaker

The perfect Saturday or Sunday! I never get bored of Borough Market, especially being a foodie! Walking around and taking in all the sights of such beautiful and fresh foods and drinks never gets tiring. There really is something here for everyone whether it's fish, meat, cheese, wine, vegan, gluten free... you are guaranteed to open your purse and spend! Considering the food is so fresh, the prices are reasonable but beware, if you go nuts like I do, going most weekends won't be kind on your bank account. London's finest!!

Tastemaker

Borough Market is my first choice of destination to take all visitors to London. I've heard people complain about the prices, but for around £6-7 you can get some of the most delicious food I've had anywhere - how can that be bad value? My personal faves are the garlic prawn wrap, anything from the fresh pasta stand, the salt beef sandwich, the gyoza, and the portuguese custard tarts. Be sure to wash it down with a prosecco (or a mulled wine if it's Christmas). And go early on weekends if you don't like crowds! 

Tastemaker

Always my go to for a snack when I'm on the south bank, Borough Market has something for everybody. From beautiful fruit and veg stalls to freshly made pasta to aromatic curries, you could probably eat here every day for a year and always find something new to try. My favourite stall without a doubt is Bread Ahead. Their olive and cheese sticks are incredible as are their generously filled doughnuts. Located under the railway arches near London Bridge, the Borough Market has so much character and you can see why it's often used as a filming location. The market can get extremely busy, but I think the best times to go are first thing on Saturday mornings or after 3pm on weekdays.

Tastemaker

Yes, this isn't a hidden gem or London's best kept secret; every Londoner and their uncle knows that if you want some proper street food and quality ingredients, this is the don of food markets.

It almost is a form of torture, as you wander round all the sizzling sights and smells, to choose just one dish to eat. The raclette cheese, which has been melting and oozing all day, sliced onto hot potatoes is as close to heaven you can get, but the scotch egg (size of an ostrich egg and proportionately more tasty than your typical Greggs offering) served with sweet potato fries is also to die for. There is the classic pad Thais, Goan curries and artisan toasties and I really would defy anyone to find a bad meal; every vendor here is a true artist with their food.

If you have simply stuffed yourself too full (easily done) venture round the market traders and pick up some quality meat, bread, cheese and other ingredients to cook up your own gourmet dinner at home. And to wash this all down? Expect freshly squeezed fruit cocktails and prosecco spritzers.

With Borough Market, believe the hype; if you haven’t been, go and if you have, go back- with hundreds of vendors, you are bound to find something new. 

Tastemaker

This is the perfect place to pick up a gift for a foodie. There is an impressive collection of artisan, home-made, authentic produce all around you.


What's more there's also a row of brilliant street food vendors serving a variety of food. However, arrive early to try the best of their food as it runs out quick and queues start to form early! 

Tastemaker

Brilliant place for foodies. Even better, it's has extended opening hours over Christmas!

Staff Writer

Always happy to visit it. I have been there maybe 20 times, and every time I go, I have some different new food. Any kind of food you like is there. it is a genuine place in London which I really like.


I have been coming to Borough Market for 15 years or so, back when you used to get wholesale prices and there were just a few stalls. Overtime the market has expanded greatly and attracts huge numbers of people. For me, though, it has lost something over this time. Many of the stalls have food orientated towards tourists, the shops selling food for cooks (amateur in my case) have become increasingly expensive. While I still go to Borough Market regularly, I buy much less and have started visiting more local markets such as those in Bermondsey and Brockley. Overall though it is still a huge asset for London.

Tastemaker

I love the borough market, there is something about it that makes it feels so authentic and London. The food is fantastic and yes it is expensive, but everything in London is expensive. Its a great place to go with friends and just relax, and amazing place to get cheeses and oils. Highly recommended.

Tastemaker

Probably one of my favourite places, ever. I'm sure I'm not the only Londoner to say so!

Tastemaker

Amazing market.

Went there Saturday for lunch and end up buying french cheese, Spanish chorizo, trying Kangaroo, Crocodile and Ostrich burgers and an amazing home made Pasta, what more could one want?! :)

Tastemaker

Been living in this area for about 5 years now-- and I still recommend Borough Market to people coming around for a visit. Produce wise I think they are very reasonably priced, especially if you go towards the end of the trading day you can even haggle a bit, can't do that at Tescos! We also come to the Market when having special occasions, and we want a better quality cut of beef/lamb/game or wedge o'cheese.


On a sunny weekend there is nothing better than grabbing lunch from one of the MANY vendors and heading to the waterfront to savour it. 


Don't feel like going to the market but still need to be 'near' the market. The Rake, my friend, is just your cup of tea... well ale is more accurate :)


Really ggod place to have lunch with friends, Maybe to busy on Saturday lunch.

Have a glace of wine, beer... and have a look arround

Oysters for starter, Swedish raclette for main course and a english desert... Yes it''s possible and all in the same market!!!


Tastemaker

I love Borough Market...there are some who say it has been commercialised and is now about £20 for a carrot for for me it is still charming enough to keep me coming back. It's next to London Bridge tube (just look for the signs) and make sure you carry some cash (rather than cards). There's everything to eat and drink with stalls selling hot sandwiches, fancy soups, pies, chocolate, meats, fruit, veg, sweets, liquorice, smoothies, ciders, wines, cheeses and breads. Go, I defy you not to buy a baguette and a block of cheese and be happy as Larry. There's also lots of pubs in the area for those who like a nice sit down dinner. For extra tourist point, go to London and Tower Bridge afterwards and enjoy the view of the Thames.


As a massive foodie and a passionate home cook, borough market is really a slice of heaven in the middle of busy London. The only issue I have with this place, is the time it takes for me to decide what my 'calorie currency' should be used on....


It is the perfect day out - start with a stroll around borough market - analyse your savoury food options and pick the best for lunch - be it freshly cooked scallops, handmade british pies or wild boar sausages. Once you have done this, check out the various stands for the dessert that picks your fancy .... Once again, you have endless choice - personally, I recommend the fresh doughnuts made by Bread Ahead, which really is just an excuse to show off their wonderfully light dough and incredibly fresh tasting homemade jam. 



Finally, once you are fed up, it's now the perfect time to scour the place for the perfect artisan ingredient to be used in your next dish....



It is a food eater and a home cook's heaven indeed!!!

Tastemaker

Every time you come to Borough market you see something new. This time it was an anti-terrorism information day run by the Met. But that's a one-off. And not important in the least to the kind of people that flock to Borough market at lunch time to feast on the dazzling array of fresh (some still living, in the case of the unfortunate lobster) foods on sale. Fond memories of childhood at Christmas time resurface while strolling between stalls avoiding knocking piles of carcinogenic animal flesh or undersized six quid coffees out of people's hands as you go. 


Speaking of new experiences, this was the first time I had been to the bustling marketplace as a plant-based eater instead of an omnivore; the choices were good, but by no means fantastic, limited pretty much to Indian cuisine or grain burgers. Indian was the right choice, and I pieced together a meal from the multiple stands which were making hot vegan dishes. Cauliflower curry with rice, sauteed potato & spinach, and an onion bhajji came together at £6.80, a fair price for such a filling meal. Not forgetting the juice vendors, who go through their colourful wares like hot cakes. Then there are the bakers, who go through their hot cakes like - y'know.


Walk up and down the riverside to regain your appetite - or pop into Southwark cathedral to pray its return - before plunging straight into the maze of foodie's delights once more. 


 I used to go there as a student. Probably because everything was cheap.

The last that I went here (on Eid), my mom said "this is not your standard". And she is correct; we tried everything and everything was almost shit. 

This place is  not for the North Londoners. We expect quality; £4 can fetch you better food in skanky Archway than this useless student-profiting market.

Tourists: be ready to be under-whelmed. 
Tastemaker

Borough Market will always have a special place in my heart as it was my first job when I moved to London (shout out to the very talented Richard Bramble). I don't miss the crazy early starts, nor do I miss the glamour of standing on cardboard to prevent my feet from turning to ice but I will always love the buzz and community vibe of the market. There is such an incredible selection of food to choose from that I recommend a complete walk around before making your selection also if you can time it just before closing you will get yourself some great bargains. My favourites used to be the apple and rhubarb juice from chegworth, the baklava, the ostrich burgers (I'm on a bit of roll now), the veggie and raw juice stall hmmmm hmmmm. I think my stomach has just decided on my Saturday lunchtime plans. 

tastemaker

Don't get me wrong, it's one of my favourite places, but try to avoid it at peak hours and days... such as weekend on lunctime. Cues are endless and you can barely move between stalls.
Other then that, perfect spot for all the foodies!


A place I take every visitor to London. A great place for snacking on food (buy small bits from multiple stalls is my tip!) and getting treats for home. A really nice variety of food available.


The only draw back is it is busy! Don't go here and expect to walk around without being bumped in to or sit to be able to sit on a bench and eat your purchases. Expect it to be busy but join in grab some food and perch on the kerb like a local :)


Only problem with the Borough Market is choosing what to eat. It's made so difficult with the incredible variety of fresh produce and food on offer. You could go here everyday for a year and try something new. There are just so many amazing options and it never fails to impress. A great place to take visitors from out of town with so much to see and do... 5 stars every time...

Tastemaker

Go here hungry...because you'll want to buy everything! Your eyes will not know where to look as everywhere you turn you're greeted with breads, cheeses, meats, cakes, juices, condiments etc. An array of stalls will want to lure you to buy their goods, so stay strong otherwise you'll soon be out of pocket! Head to the back where you'll find a variety of hot foods, with everything from Indian to Turkish cuisines, wrack your brain as you try to decipher whether you want a cheesecake or a brownie and wash it all down with some freshly squeezed juice. If you want to sit and devour your grub, you'll be hard pushed to find a spare bit of wall or pavement, so head to the front where you'll more likely find a seat in the greenhouse. Obviously this place is rammed at lunchtimes, but it's definitely worth it as a nice treat for your stomach!

Tastemaker

I can't deny Borough Market the 5 stars it deserves. This bustling food market caters to everyone - because it has food for everyone! Cake, burgers, butchers, veg stores, juice bars, cheese stands... you name it in fresh produce, and Borough Market has it. It's crazy busy on a Saturday but week days are better for a wander. Always a great spot for lunch out of work - so much to choose from. 

Tastemaker

A market with everything you could possibly want and more!  A must see place when in London and great to grab a bite and then walk along the southbank! 

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Who doesn't love Borough Market? The only problem is how quickly you spend money buying all manner of delicious goodies - be warned!

Staff Writer

Borough Market is a must for everyone. Over the 20 years I have known it, as have many, it has grown and grown to really capture so much of what is amazing about independent food growers, makers and retailers. Easy to wander around, taste and sample the delights of what is on sale, from market stall to street food. If you are going in to buy, then if you are anything like us, be prepared to spend more than expected. So much to experience. Winter time head to the New Forest Cider Companies stand for some spiced mulled cider. There never seems to be anything bad. The fresh produce is great and keeps the market to its core rather than just a food lovers tasting menu. As the day moves to evening so does the market, bringing with it a change in vibe and people. Always a good one, with much to do around the whole area. On the Southwark Cathedral side of the market you get live music on weekends, for free. 


Now I know Borough Market, a few tips if your gogin on Sat, arrive 9am, have breakfast, then shop! If you want coffee, at Monmouth Coffee shop don't queue in the long queue, but go and buy beans, and ask to try some diffeent flavours, your have 3 different and wonderful coffees and a bag of London's finest coffee! Lastly have a shopping list otherwise it can get expensive!


Found this market on Market Mate. It's really quite good, with lots of food, but a bit expensive.

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