1.6 USD TO GBP. WHY. DAMN THE EXCHANGE RATE.
This place nearly ripped a black hole of debt and despair in my bank account.
My love affair with open air markets is not well hidden, I must admit but when I found this place I was GIDDY with excitement. The location, if I must be rude to the English, is like something out of Harry Potter. IT'S UNDER A BRIDGE. I don't know if anyone actually notice that this place is kind of tucked away, like Diagon Alley underneath a freaking bridge. To me it was like entering a new world, the buzz of an everyday London street does not compare to the excitement that this place has; hundreds of people squeezing into impossibly small walk ways, everyone clutching some sort of delicious delight in their hands, the sound of sizzling oil on a griddle, steam rising from several vendors, and the chatter of vendors trying to sell their goods to the passers by. It's a very romantic description but it's a very romantic place.
There are hundreds and thousands of vendors selling everything from fresh produce, charcuterie, beer, wine, meats, cheeses, olives, and bread. It is a mosaic of all things food, culminating into one unforgettable market that I could wander around for hours and hours without getting bored. The sights, the sounds, the smells are all what a true outdoor market should be, chaos. People shouting over one another to be heard, rich and conflicting scents of grease and fresh squeezed juices, and the pounding of heels on the cobblestone make this place a truly special visit. My boyfriend and I wandered around it four or five times occasionally stopping by to browse or peruse their selections.
In all fairness, the prices for fresh produce are astonishingly outrageously overpriced ad expensive, but that's because everything is local. The price of the food vendors and stalls is much more reasonable. My advice for anyone coming to Borough Market is to just peruse for the fun maybe grab lunch but don't do your grocery shopping here.
There's not much more else to say. I am in love. I start school in London in the September and I imagine that I will be spending an exorbitant amount of time here getting lost and wishing I could afford more. Hell, my boyfriend already told me that he's setting aside from extra money so that we could come here and treat ourselves to some food.
If you're on this side of the pond and have never experienced a true market. Go, visit, eat, and enjoy.
Try to avoid weekends and holidays, but please, please, get yourself in line for the Raclette toastie, right next to the cathedral. It's a must eat in London, and it's best enjoyed with a friend, huddled away from the crowds on a chilly day. SO GOOD.
The rest of the market is worth a trip, but it attracts quite a tourist crowd and prices for specialty items are better elsewhere in the city.
***For my American Friends & Family who plan to a visit London. It is a must you add Borough Market to your itinerary.
O.M.G!!!!! I am a huge fan of this chaotic but functional master piece called Borough Market. Where can I start?..................... The moment you walk around the corner the strong aroma of grilled meats, veggies, cheeses, and so much more grabs you by your nostrils and takes you away. I have to say it was very overwhelming for a person like me who loves to just eat to choose one item.There are so many options for the TRUE Foodies out there that I'm pretty sure you will walk away with numerous items in your hand. Knowing that I only may experience this once in my life time, I indulge in an array of sandwiches and sweets.
I spent 11,00£ on a salmon and cream cheese bagel and salt beef rye sandwiche at which I ate both and refused to share with my friends (I know super greedy). I spent 6,00£ on two creamy and flaky pastries (I forgot the name) for desert and washed it all down with an organic mint sweet tea for 2,00£. Overall, it was a great experience and delicious treat to myself.
If you plan to visit the Borough Market it's just beyond the Tower of London Bridge and it can get a bit crowded but it's all worth it. Trust me!!!!!
Failsafe visitor activity, come rain or come shine. Taste some things and carry on! Good places to start are a Pieminister pie or a Wyndham House Poultry chicken wrap, but I've also heard Le Marche du Quartier's duck confit is to die for and so is somebody's grilled cheese (not sure whose). In the end, save room for fudge or a pastry, a glass of prosecco or an iced tea. You really can't go wrong, just go with a few people and make sure everyone gets something different!
If you're somehow reading this and haven't been there isn't much to say beyond stop reading and just go now.
It's literally foodie heaven. Crowded on weekends but wait times for individual stores are never too bad.
Most things are good but imo the absolute greatest options are:
- Monmouth coffee (though this is now fairly widely available)
- Brindisa chorizo roll (I almost feel this is obligatory on each visit)
- Raclette from Kappacasein (their grilled cheese is allegedly great. I've yet to try it)
- duck confit sandwich from Le Marche du Quartier (Melt in your mouth awesome but uber fatty. Sharing recommended)
- Pork belly sandwich from Roast to go (Again amazing but fatty and lots of crackling to boot. Sharing is caring.)
Great place to explore and grab a bite for lunch! We started by buying 3 pints of apple cider (hard cider) from a vendor and then strolling around to find food. The best cider was the Fruits and Roots ( it was a mix of dry cider and ginger beer). Delicious!
My sister got the salted beef sandwich and my friend and I got a green curry. So amazing. Really quite good and for two curries it was 12£.
I loved the market. There's everything from Spanish foods to dried meats and seafood to chocolates. It was a great experience and I can't wait to go back! Wonderful!
Awesome awesome awesome local spot to check out for tourists! My friends and I came across this place by accident after seeking shelter from a big storm that lasted for 10-15 minutes in the middle of the day.
There were lots and lots of venues of all types of food and drinks! Many places were giving away samples, too so that was a big plus because you get to try all these yummy things for freeeee! Everything looked and smelled really good. We spent a good two hours here because there were so much stuff to check out and I was so indecisive about what to get. This place is located near the London Bridge Station and easily accessed from various parts of London.
On a beautiful day out, I can only imagine how crowded it can be because out a rainy day, the market was still pretty packed.
Experience London street food! Few others to try like Greenwich market but this is where I would start.
Not to be missed by any foodie in London! I accidentally stumbled upon this place while trying to escape the rain on my way to London Bridge, and wow what a pleasant surprise! Beneath the tents I found a maze of vibrant, fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, cured meats, pastries, and chocolates, hot ready-to-eat food from all corners of the globe (paella, curries, bratwurst, falafel, pulled pork), samples galore, and by far the best chai tea of my life (and this is coming from someone who drinks 4-6 cups of tea a day on the reg...freshly grated ginger and nutmeg in my tea?...Who does that? Borough Market does that). Thursdays are highly recommended to beat the crowd, but even if you are just in London for a weekend, Borough Market is a London foodie oasis that should definitely be on your list.
We visited quite a few markets in London that we liked (the Sunday UpMarket, Camden Market, Portobello Market, etc.). If I had to suggest a must-see market, I would tell you go to the Borough! Just go now!
This market is a killer food market. If you are a tourist/first timer, you are going to want to spend quite a few hours here. Come hungry. Eat. People Watch. Eat. Hell, eat both breakfast and lunch here. The sights and smells can be sensory overload!
This is a mostly open-air market with stalls/roofed-pavilion like set-up. They have an awesome selection of produce (local/organic), spices/preserves, fish/seafood, charcuterie, coffee/teas/wine/juices/smoothies/ciders, oil&vinegars, Prosecco by the glass, unpasteurized milk, meat/poultry/game, freshly shucked oysters, meat pies, salad bars, cheese mongers, bakers,cafés/restaurants/bars... Many free samples.
-- It can be crowded with a mix of locals and tourists (especially on Saturday). Go early as possible. Other Yelpers have indicated that it may be less crowded on Thursday or Friday. However, we went on Saturday since I read that all stalls/traders are open on that day. Here is a market map tinyurl.com/po82byb
-- Bring cash (many of the traders don't accept credit/debit cards).
-- Here is a list of the traders boroughmarket.org.uk/tra…
-- It can be difficult to find places to sit-down and eat.
-- You are going to want to try the steaming vats of paella deliciousness!
-- The Chorizo Sandwich on Ciabatta w/ peppers and rocket leaves (from Brindisa's? I can't remember)
-- The Borough Nuts stall: dried apricots, spicy smoked almonds, chocolate macadamia nuts...perfect for walking & eating.
-- As always, 'watch your six' or be pick-pocketed.
-- Head on over to The Rake or The Market Porter for a few pints of beer.
So many delicious choices it was almost overwhelming. We settled on the Scottish eggs and the paella. Both were excellent. The paella stand even offered two types of sangria.
If it were up to me, I would come back to the market every single day for an entire week to sample everything there. Sadly we were only in London for 3 days!
How had I never been here before?! I now want to go back everyday to make up for all the years I missed out on.
Everything here is just perfect. The people selling their products are charming and so knowledgeable you could speak to them for hours. I think I took up far too much of the chorizo man's time! At least I came away with a delicious scottish venison chorizo to make up for it. I honestly couldn't stop spending my money. From juices to bread and mushrooms to truffles, I could have bought the entire market home with me.
Make sure you come here hungry as you certainly won't be by the time you leave. There are samples everywhere! I nibbled my way through so much stuff I had to have a bit of a lie down when I got home.
Officially one of the coolest spots in London. Shame on me for not coming more often!
If you could only go to one food place in London, I would recommend Borough Market. There's a ton of food vendors and other artisan-type stands. You can get BBQ, large sandwiches, cheese, fresh fish, health shakes, fresh bread, desserts, and more. Borough Market is actually separated into two parts. There's the glass enclosed one, which has more seating; inside, you'll also find more of the desserts (pastries, cookies, brownies, ice cream, yogurt, etc.) as well as a large selection of Indian food stands. On the other side (in the stone structure) are hot foods, sandwiches, and a meat/fish/vegetable market. Both sides are definitely worth checking out! Bring cash!
A foodie paradise. Gourmet, organic, artisan stalls galore. If you're making a meal of it, it's a good idea to go in with a plan - do a little research on the website, figure out what's on your appetite and munch on!
"Must sees": Kappacasein for a Raclette (Swiss dish of melted cheese, potatoes and gherkins); Shellseekers for Hand Dived Scallops with crispy bacon; Le Marche du Quartier for a Duck Confit Roll and sangria; Brindisa for their famous Chorizo Roll; Craft brews from Utobeer. Somehow we missed the Tower of Brownies, maybe subconsciously too full!
Definitely an experience and a great place for a delicious lunch on a nice day in the city...
Oh Borough Market. Where all my money goes so I can come home and get fat.
Funnily enough I can get most of this stuff in ultra hip Vicky Park Village but there's nothing like the experience of making a day out of a trip Borough Market. Sometimes I don't even buy anything but it's lovely to walk around and sample stuff, stop by for a coffee, enjoy some sunshine and have lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.
There are great stands which sell all kinds of cheeses and meats. An excellent section of vegetables with a stall specialising in exotic mushrooms. Borough Market wines is great (the dude with the beard is not) and even in dreary winter, this place is absolutely alive with people having a grand old time wandering around sipping mulled wine and having a laugh.
This is also one of the cheapest places in London to get fresh oysters! You'll never consider popping into a 5* hotel just to get an oyster fix again. £2.50 each, they come on ice in a styrofoam tray, with self serve dressing. Don't be a snob, try it!
5-star all around. My favorite spot in the world. I was a weekly shopper here 2012-2013. Don't miss out on the oysters from off the coast of Essex.
So much good chocolate, cheeses, raw milk(illegal in most of the USA), fruits/veg, spices, and gifts.
I suggest going early if going on a Saturday. This place gets packed.
The expansion last year turned out nicely.
Visit Borough Market and visit often!
The Borough Market is a really wonderful market - if you avoid the overcrowded Saturdays and visit on a weekday.
From Thursday to Saturday the whole market is open, and I would say most stands you know from Saturdays are there on Thursday and Friday as well. But even on a Tuesday or Wednesday you can come by for lunch and get for example an absolutely delicious sandwich with pork belly and crackling from Roast to go or a chorizo sandwich from Brindisa.
However, you will have the most fun by just exploring the market - going with the flow, following the sounds and smells, talking to the traders and other visitors, finding new things to try out and being just a little overwhelmed by the experience.
Amazing market!! Best one I've ever been to, Lucky Londoners have this place to go to 6 days a week. The food vendors range from German sausages, Indian food, Turkish delight, fresh oysters, organic coffee, fresh pastry & breads and so much more. Oh and lots of free samples its like Costco gone on steroids. Besides food, they have amazing organic produce, meats, fish and so much more. Also has free Wifi!!! Next time I'm in London this will be my first stop.
Great but too busy these days. I tend to go on a Thursday/Friday to avoid the enormous crowds on Saturday.
There is some amazing produce, but also some over priced average fair.
5 minutes walk from where I live. Wide range of tasty food.
You can find everything here from lunch to produce to yummy desserts. If you don't love crowds, try to go on Fridays when it's a bit quieter. If Saturday is your only free day, though, expect crowds and having to fight your way through the market.
That said, it's worth the occasional visit! We particularly loved: linseed stand (GREAT linseed snacks!), mulled wine from Cartwright Bros, Paella, Veggie Table, gyoza and the stand where they sell the Indian pancakes. Brave the crowds and eat to your heart's content!
Go hungry, this is all about the food and drink.
There are countless stalls of cheese, meats, baked goods, produce, craft beers, fruit drinks etc. etc.
Be prepared for serious crows, but don't be put off by them, it is easy enough to circle around and hit all of the stalls you want to try.
So. Much. Cheese.
Also, animals hanging by legs, vegetables of all sorts, spices for miles, juice - lots of juice, and that's just the grocer-type market side! The other half and its sumptuous displays of cakes and BBQ and wurst and chocolate and yum yum yum yum yum.
My favourite spot in London and it never gets old!
Tips to make your experience better...
1. Thursdays are the least crowded, followed by Fridays after the lunch crowd dies down around 2. They say it's a full market Wed-Sat, but I went on a Wed before and it was not the full market.
2. It's kind of divided into 2 sections- foods to eat now and then across the street, foods to buy and prepare later
3. In the foods to eat now section, go to the very end of the prepared foods, by the church, across from the sea food restaurant. Make sure you have a fiver and buy the grilled cheese sandwich. It is the perfect combo of melty, gooey cheeseyness insides with buttery, crunchy outsides. I have dreams of this sandwich. It is on my list of favourite foods EVER. You are really missing out if you do not buy this sandwich.
4. Also in this section, try some pistachio turkish delight. Those guys hate me- I take way too many samples. Buy the coconut pancakes, too.
5. Now, go across the road to the foods to buy for home consumption. Check out the raw milk, the refillable wine and olive oils. Buy some sangria to enjoy while your strolling through the different sections of the market.
6. Get some fresh pasta and pesto to make at home for dinner...if you can manage fitting any more food into your belly!
7. Lastly, don't forget to bring a bag with you, as many vendors don't provide them!
I had champagne spritzers & roast chicken wraps on a gorgeous summer day. Lovely experience for my first time to borough, I'll be back ;)
Amazing food and amazing people all in one place, Can't get any better than that
Food Expedition. It is worth a trip to this East London gem. Go hungry. Love the vibrant colour palette showcased in the fresh produce on farm stands, heirloom varieties, homemade desserts, and interesting delicacies for sale.
Emily Rose Reeder
A tourist on a budget's dream: the largest abundance of free samples one can find.
Seriously, if you love food, you NEED to go to Borough Market. Several times, if possible.
It's huge. We went there several times over the course of our trip. I nearly experienced sensory overload from the sheer quantity and variety of sights, smells, sounds, and tastes. Especially the tastes! The stallholders are more than wiling to cut you a free sample, and tell you more about their wares. I swear, I ate more of a variety of food at Borough Market than in my entire trip to London and Paris combined. From breads to brownies, charcuterie to cheese, fresh vegetables to canned game, vinegars to oils, sandwiches to paella, you'll find it all here.
- New Forest Cider, which sells the most delicious piping hot cider that you can either sit and drink there (perfect if you're visiting during cold months) or take with you as you peruse the rest of the market. The cider is nice and spicy, yet sweet, and generously portioned for just a few pounds. A nice place to warm up and catch your breath. If you're so inclined, you can also buy bottled cider to take home!
- The Potted Game Company, which sells... well, exactly what it sounds like: the meat of game such as duck, venison, boar, rabbit, quail, and more in preserved canned form. If you're not convinced, try a sample, then buy a can!
- Brindisa--the paella is to die for! It helps that samples are given freely!
- So many various types of cheeses, and too many stalls to name!
- Tartufaia Truffles. Sigh. If I had infinite £££pounds£££, I would buy this place out. For those of us with a smaller budget, they have truffle oils that you can freely sample with baguettes.
Access is from London Bridge Station on the Tube. Come hungry.
If you're a foodie, then Borough Market is a must. Actually, even if you're not, it's still great fun. A real slice of London - charming, urban, interesting and cool.
Superb choice of stalls and hundreds of food items to choose from. Just mooch, eat, mooch, eat. Take a seat, watch the people, then mooch, eat, mooch, and eat again!!
Spend best part of the day there. Take plenty of money though - it's not cheap and you'll want to buy everything you lay your eyes on!
This place is like a piece of haven for anybody who happens to love eating and drinking and craft shopping. The quality of the food offered makes Borough Market a super special place to hangout for the day. There is so much to see and do, it is hard to explain the joy you will find here. Tip- wear your stretch pants, you'll need them! =D
I visited Borough Market every weekend when I was in London. They have wonderful and unique food that it is difficult to get elsewhere. Some of my favorite items, such as a mushroom pate, were only sold at the market, Selfridges or online. Many items were locally produced and only sold at the market. The vendors are friendly and enthusiastic about their products and many will talk to you for a long time about their background and the story behind the food they are serving.
The quality and quantity are best on Saturdays. If you go earlier in the day you can avoid the crowds and there are more free samples available. You can basically have a delicious lunch solely based on all of the delicious samples!
Definitely worth a visit, whether you are a local or resident!
Kind of a hott mess if you go after work hours or on a weekend (unless you like not being able to walk without bumping into people) but there is a whole lotta things to taste, try and indulge. So many tasty items and drinks! A tad touristy but it has really good things to offer. Was able to find elusive corn tortillas here. I go during the week, if possible. The only place to avoid is the fresh cow's milk/butter guy. He is trashy and insulting. Other than that, enjoy the market!
My husband and I stumbled across the Borough Market while walking. It is exactly the place that is right up our alley. We were able to try many different foods for just a few pounds. Everything we ate was amazing and we were sad we were not close to it for the rest of our time in London.
Amazing food! Free wifi! All the food was cooked by local vendors making it extremely fresh, however you weren't asked to pay absurdly high city prices. I tried out a German bratwurst while my girlfriend had a pastry. Both were great.
Don't miss this great place to eat! So many choices and all are fresh and delicious.
A foodie's heaven. I mean heaven. There are so many wonderful things to taste. I could practically write an essay on the brilliance of Borough Market. Skip the London Eye, Tower of London and come to Borough Market. Don't eat before you come. Walk around the place first and sample as much as possible. Standouts include the truffle oil, amazing juice bars and fantastic pastries.
After eating, head on over to the Tate Modern.
I absolutely love Borough Market. Since Im lucky enough to live 15 mins from this awesome spot, I come in every Saturday morning to get my fresh vegetables, fruits, and meat to cook for the weekend/week.
There are an amazing variety of different prepared foods and great drink options including mulled wine, champagne and prosecco. Definitely try the mushroom pate, the chicken and veggie gyozas, the grilled cheese, and the sausages. Try to get there early or late so that you avoid the crazy crowd!!
I mean, it's Borough Market. Yeah, it's great, but it can almost be absolutely rammed, especially on Saturdays. I still love going here now and then, because there are some fantastic vendors and local shops/restaurants/pubs/etc., but the crowds can make it a bit insufferable. Still, it is a must-visit place if you're in London for the first time.
Borough Market is always exciting and I always try something new when I'm there. It's a great starting point for a day out in London - with great eateries surrounding the market as well as the hundreds of stalls.
Take a bit of spending money - as lovely homemade chutneys, jams and preserves make great presents and with all the unusual varieties you will want to take them all!
We accidentally discovered Borough Market the day we arrived in London, and we went back nearly every day. It was the highlight, food-wise, of our entire trip. We had things like duck confit sandwiches, a zebra burger, the best scotch egg EVER, raclette, giant meringues, goat milk ice cream, and so much more (yes, we love food). Some of the stands rotate from day-to-day it seems, so there were some different offerings each time we went. Absolutely a must for foodies visiting London!
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