I love Borough Market. This is my go-to place when I need to spend a few hours to indulge myself in oyster and champagne on Sundays or when friends are in town visiting london but don't want to do touristy things.
If you like Oysters like me, you will know there are at least 3 oyster places in the market and 2 restaurants (wright brothers and serving oysters near around the market.
#1 Shellseeker Fish and game: usually my number one stop - they have small oysters that's consistently fresh. Their bacon scallops always have a long line.
#2Furness Fish&Game - it's a seafood stall where they sell pallela too. You can't miss it. It's in the center of the market right opposite side to Shellseeker. They have seasonal oysters if they are available. They run out fast. They had jersey oysters which are my favorite when paired with pink champagne.
#3 Richard Hawards is on the side of the market (opposite side to an amazing gelato place. This is usually the last one I stop by because they serve the biggest oysters ever. Quality is always consistently great. They have places to sit down in the front as well. Sometimes you see people BYOB champagne and chow down a dozen of oyster as big as a water bottle.
Other favorites include the duck confit sandwich place, gelato place opposite side of aesop skincase, and various cheese stores. Oh, and don't miss the truffle place with free sample of all kinds of truffle oil and the borough market olive store with amazing olives and pesto.
Imagine the best farmers market and street food party you've ever been to, and make it bigger with even more choice!
I've been here a couple of times, and the sheer choice of interesting foods to buy and delicious cooked street food is staggering. Even if you're not hungry, it's worth going for the experience.
Lots of the vendors give free tasters to passers by, and I'm sure that most people would discover something new to tempt their taste buds.
This market is a must if you're out and about near London Bridge!
I LOVE Borough Market.
You can find everything here. Good cheese, good bread, good veggies.
Most of the time I come here without a real intent to buy packing my camera. However I always buy something. I can't say I have ever found anything to be overpriced. Pretty reasonable.
Don't like crowds... come early!!!
Fabulous selection of international foods and drinks.
Whatever your needs this has to be the first choice for unusual and standard foods and cooking ingredients
Amazing local market, specialising for food. If you are hungry on the weekend, go there.
I just love Borough Market and always head there for a look around whenever I visit London. I like the fact that you can try lots of different cheeses, breads, oils and meats. I also love the buzz of the place. The produce on sale is of a very high quality but you do have to be prepared to pay for it though as Borough Market isn't cheap. The market is a great place to come for lunch as there are lots of types of food to choose from such as empanadas, curries, oysters, noodles, burgers and pie and mash. You can also wash it all down with a glass of prosecco if you fancy a bit of a tipple while you browse around the amazing food stalls.
OOOOooohhh Heaven is a place on Earth....and that place is located surprisingly close to London Bridge.
As a foodie (yes I know...its surprising) going to Borough market is one of those things I ahve wanted to do for a long time. Wasnt really ever sure what to expect, other than what friends had told me and the specific Mudt Do's.
This market is unquestionably here to entice tourists and in places exploit their wallets...SO WHAT? I kind of like the vibe.
Going round a market with a glass of prosecco and eating cheese? What abou this wouldnt I like..?
All in all this is my kind of place, fresh fish...meat and vegtables of all descriptions in one place!!
Borough Market is Highly Jd Recommended.
I didn't think I would, but I absolutely love this place. You can so easily get lost in here, but you just might want to. There are so many different things in such a small space that exploring is the way to go.
Don't stop at the first food place you see because there's all kinds of stuff.
Do your research and go at a time when the market is full swing. If you go at a time when it's closed or half open that's your fault for not looking in to it.
Even while it's a relatively small space for the market and they have so much in it, it doesn't have the claustrophobic feeling that things like the Camden market do.
I'm a tourist and this is my fourth time in the city. When I originally visited I never wanted to go to the market because I didn't see the point. It's well worth seeing, walking through, and trying what they have to offer.
I always bring visiting friends to Borough Market. Great place for a wander, soaking up London's finest foodie stands. Be aware that the market is split into sections - largely butchers, veggies and fruit, cakes and bakery, food to go stands. There is a section on the far left (if you're walking straight towards London Bridge Station) which is a bit haphazard, but is my favourite part. It has the best, underrated food stalls. It's near the cakes section. I like the Iced Tea stand (one of the only places in the whole market you can pick up a drink, believe it or not). Also a big fan of some of the burger joints, where size literally means everything. You'll pay 8.50, but it'll be as huge as Dumbo's ears.
If you're done with wandering and meandering, take a walk out towards the South Bank, lots of places to stop and chill, or grab drinks from the good pubs en route. If you're looking for a great restaurant in the hustle and bustle of the market, see my review on Wright Brothers. One of my absolute favourite spots in London to eat.
I love Borough Market but if you're visiting town, go in the middle of the week rather than on Saturday because it is more packed than the Northern line at rush hour! Grab some Monmouth coffee, hit up a food stall, eat all of the free cheese samples shamelessly, and walk north to the river and park yourself on a bench or steps. Sometimes if you go a few minutes before the stands close they'll try to unload whatever cheese and produce they haven't sold that day for bargain prices.
In the wintertime they have hot toddies and mulled wine :)
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 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.
Go. Just go. They had everything I could think of at a market, and I didn't eat anything I didn't love. I especially loved the fresh seafood, cheese, licorice and Turkish delight! And ALL the beer you could ever want, sold in singles.
***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!!!!!
I went on an off day when not all of the vendors were out. With that being said, the vendors that were there were alright. There was one vendor that advertised 'Soul Food' yet only served jambalaya (which is creole) and something else that was not soul food. I was disappointed as I could have gone for some really good fried chicken at the moment.
I ended up having a brat with ketchup, mustard and sauerkraut. It was decent size for the price. I also ended up buying two mustards from the same vendor, she was great!!
Next, I scrounged for dessert. I had a 3x3 slice of German fruit and cheese cake. It was delicious!
The reason I rated it 3 stars was 1: There was limited selection of food, 2: Hardly any vendors sold beverages, I had to walk around the corner to a bar to get a Coke and 3: It was a far walk from where I was staying (3 miles each way, there and back)
Would I go there again? Yes, but only on a Saturday.
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.)
They have everything around the world from delicious spanish olives to exotic meats such as Kangaroo, Llama, Crocodile and Camel.
We ended up eating breakfast here each day because it was so cheap and the food is so amazing. They have super specific standards that merchants have to meet to join the market. Definitely worth stopping by any day of the week, though apparently weekends are better (Though probably a lot more crowded)
Awesome collection of vendors, with nearby pubs and restaurants. Definitely worth a visit.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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...
Amazing. The food is always delicious and the atmosphere is always buzzing. Definitley a tourist hot spot when people come to town. Sets you for a great wine and cheese night with friends. It does however get extremely busy on a weekend so make sure you go with your patient hat on.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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!
5 minutes walk from where I live. Wide range of tasty food.
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!
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.
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