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London | Borough Market

Borough Market is my favourite – it’s one of the places in London that I’ve been going to ever since I was young, and every time I go back there it reminds me of every time I’ve been before. It’s one of those places that I heard said so many times when I was young that the name became more of a concept than an actual name: I’m pretty sure I thought it was “Burra Market” until I was about 10. We didn’t go into London that often since we tended to go to places closer to home, but when we did, Southbank was always our favourite. My sister and I used to grab our scooters and take them on the train to Waterloo, and we’d scoot all the way down Southbank to the market. It’s not very far at all but I was always desperate for the sights and smells of the wonderful food at the vibrant and exciting market, selling everything from cheese and pies to meats, veg and fresh pasta.

It became something of a yearly tradition to go there and each year I’d remember something slightly different which stuck in my mind: one year it was the “Mushroom Man” who sold all different kinds of mushrooms and spent a while discussing the different types with us; I’d always had quite a fascination with seeing mushrooms of all shapes and sizes and love cooking with them. We’d explore all of the different stalls in both parts of the market and then choose somewhere to have lunch. It was always a struggle and most times we ended up going to three different stalls as my Mum, my sister and I all wanted something different – but the beauty of a market like this is that you can all go to different places!ย Food in hand (I usually had some kind of exotic burger), we’d go to sit in on the benches outside Southwark Cathedral to eat because it was always a lovely summery day. After lunch we’d scoot all the way back to Waterloo again, maybe stopping in some shops along the way.ย It always made for a pretty good day out!

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This post was inspired by the fact that I found myself back in Borough Market today, actually quite by accident. I headed across London Bridge to the south side of the river, planning to walk along to the Tate Modern, completely forgetting that I knew this side of the river by heart and that I was right by the market already. This past week, I’ve stopped getting the tube in the city centre and although I vaguely knew how the city connected up, I can finally see it properly from actually walking from place to place! It’s weird being so used to getting the tube everywhere that you almost forget that these places aren’t so far apart and that there are things to see in between them. So, I hit Borough Market from a different direction and decided to grab a quick lunch before headingย back along Southbank to Waterloo.

The market is always brimming with people and there are so many stalls, lots of which offer free samples of cheese, sandwiches, ham, coffee… you name it! The smells are incredible and I always feel like I could eat something from any one of those stalls. One of them was selling ostrich, crocodile and kangaroo burgers and another some form of scallop dish, so there is a huge variety! The produce is all so fresh and even though the stalls change regularly, this is Britain’s oldest food market and has been open to the public for over 1,000 years – I’m quite happy to have been there even for the last 20! It’s open Monday-Saturday every week and even has a great website for if you’re looking for something in particular. Products aren’t all cheap (though not particularly overpriced) since they are all artisan and high-quality, but the food to-go is not bad value ranging fromย ยฃ4-8 on average for a main meal. You’ll get just as full as in a restaurant though!

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Today I made a break with the past and had something other than a burger: I saw a great looking stall called Ethiopian Flavoursย which was offering meat/vegetarian dishes served with rice or bread. I went for the chicken cooked with spices, a tomato-based sauce and onions served with an aromatic spinach dish and a yellow split pea dish resembling a form of dhal. It was absolutely delicious and I’dย definitely have it again, even though there is so much else on offer. This place is unsurprisingly popular with people on their lunch break, and I don’t blame them – I would definitely go there regularly if I worked nearby.

Today was a greatย reminder of all the fun days spent at Borough Market and going to and from it down Southbank, and I can’t wait until next time I go back! Maybe I’ll have to take my scooter for old time’s sake.

Stay tuned for more “In and around” London posts soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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32 comments on “London | Borough Market

  1. Aw, places where you have such vivid childhood memories are so special. It looks like a great market, too!

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  2. Looks like a fun place to visit and love you associate it with happy memories ๐Ÿ™‚ . I’m so enjoying your blog!

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  3. Such a great place ๐Ÿ™‚ I used to work close by and always loved my lunch time walks in the market. I always made a beeline to the free booze and truffle oils!

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  4. This post made me feel like I was visiting this market with you!

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  5. Your memories make me smile. Nostalgia always adds that special touch. The Ethiopian box looks lip-smacking. Next time I am in Borough (oops or was it Burra ;D) I shall check it out.

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  6. Markets are always an intriguing place where a mix of food, culture, sounds, smells and sights can be found! Never tire of simply walking in amongst the hubbub of activities as people go about their lives!

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    • Absolutely – so much variation and no market is the same at the next; so nice to see how much history they carry as well. Me neither, I love markets everywhere I go ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Lovely photos! I went to the Borough market the last time I was in London and I was so overwhelmed by all the food options. It must be nice to live/work near here – different food choices all the time!

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    • Thank you! It’s so difficult to choose isn’t it?! Plus, you never know exactly what will be there each time so you don’t want to miss out! It would be great to work near for sure, but I’d end up buying everything ahah ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • Haha there wouldn’t be much incentive to pack a lunch! I didn’t realize that the food offerings changed day to day – I’ll have to go back sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I’m not sure how often they change as I’m sure there’s a lot that are there all the time, but since there’s so much to see anyway I could still go again and again just to try them all! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. I love all of the markets in London!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I lived in London for 9 months and somehow never made it here! I will be back for a long weekend or two over the summer, and cannot wait to check it out.

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    • There’s just so much in the world to see and do! I hate bouncing around all over the place on vacation, but it’s also frustrating to feel we’ve missed something. I’m glad you’ll get a chance to go back. I’d love to get here one day.

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    • It’s such a nice place to stop for lunch on the go on a summer’s day, so hope you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. You had me at free samples ๐Ÿ™‚ I do love a market. In South Florida we have the Flea Market (The Swap Shop) that we frequented growing up. Every time I pull into the parking lot, I’m flooded with nostalgia.

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    • Me too! That sounds lovely, it’s so nice to have memories that link to a place we’ve gone to many times ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to pay a visit myself if I’m ever in the area.

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  11. Reblogged this on charming places and commented:
    London | Borough Market

    BY JESSIE READ
    APRIL 13, 2017
    21-year-old languages student from London. Want to travel the world โœจ
    travelandtrouvailles.wordpress.com

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  12. I love Borough Market. It’s one of my go to places with my sister when I visit London. I enjoyed this post.

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