If you like the hustle and bustle of shopping at peak times in Central London like I do, then Borough Market on a Saturday afternoon is the perfect place for you to come and find food and drinks from all over the world.
Borough Market is located on Southwark Street under the railway arches, not too far from the Thames and London Bridge Tube station. It opens at 8am on a Saturday and gets super busy by around 11am. I visited around 3:30pm and although it was beginning to die down, there were still a few people thronging around all the different market stalls, both indoor and outdoor.
There are a lot of food stalls outside the market, all dedicated to their own specialty. Some of the highlights for me here included the cheese stall counter with cheese wheels so big I felt like a borrower and the Darjeeling tea man, who gave free samples away from his vintage-style display stand.
Although we didn’t have a lot of time to spend moseying around the indoor part of the market, we did get to see, and more importantly, smell some of the great foods they had on offer. Aside from the animal carcasses adorning the side of the meat counters, there were people cooking up huge vats of specialty curry etc. from their native country. There is a particularly impressive ale shop down one side indoors, if you like that kind of thing, and on the sunny day we visited, despite it being October – we even managed to procure ourselves some fruity “Pimms” cocktail!
For more info about the market, including directions and opening hours, visit