If I was asked to name my favourite places in London, Borough Market would definitely make my list. Borough Market is the oldest food market in London, and is located South of River Thames (South Bank). It sells a wide variety of food, vegetables, drinks, plants, cheeses…. amongst others. They are open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I normally find myself there on a Saturday morning/afternoon, where I end up stuffing myself with food in a very long lunch session. Ah, the life. :)
Venison burger (£4.50 if I remember correctly). The venison was perfectly cooked, and tasted wonderful when paired with the fried onions and soft bun. I can’t remember the name of the stall, but I believe it was located in the Middle Market.
Double chorizo, rocket and roasted piquillo pepper sandwich (£4.85), from Brindisa. This stall is located right outside their shop, and usually has a long queue of hungry customers waiting to get their hands on one of these delicious sandwiches. It’s worth the wait though, as the spicy chorizo is balanced by the sweetness of the peppers and bitterness of the rocket. Alternatively, you can head to their restaurant which is just around the corner. A word of warning – they don’t take any bookings, so be prepared for a long wait if you turn up during lunch hours.
Seared scallops with crispy bacon (around £4-5), from Shellseekers. The scallops are “hand-dived”, and are extremely fresh. I feel that the saltiness of the crispy bacon complements the scallops really well. I can’t say I’m a fan of the carrots that come with it, but I guess it’s a way of fooling myself into thinking it’s a semi-healthy dish. :P
Wheatgrass smoothie (£4.50), from the Juice Bar. This is s stand you can’t miss, with their colourful signboards, baskets of fresh fruit and trays of wheatgrass plants. This particular smoothie is made up of oranges, limes, apples, bananas and a shot of wheatgrass juice. We tried this out of curiosity, and although the bright green shade of the smoothie is slightly off-putting, it actually tastes pretty good. A little grassy, but very interesting.
Iced lattes (£2 each), from Monmouth Coffee Company. The coffee from this place is simply amazing, and can beat Starbucks coffee anytime. Don’t get me wrong, I do drink Starbucks coffee from time to time, but I sometimes find them too sweet. If (and when) I get myself a coffee maker, I’d buy coffee beans from Monmouth Coffee for sure.
I also love snacking on the random chocolate brownie, or sandwich as I make my way through Borough. There is a wide variety of food available which I believe caters to almost all palates. The photos I have are not representative of the sweet/savory food ratio (I have an innate love for all things sweet, and therefore tend to photograph them more….).
Part of the attraction of this market is also the fresh fruit and vegetables which are on offer. I love the variety that is available, and would regularly shop for groceries here if it was closer to home. Somehow everything looks so much fresher and appealing than the ones available in supermarkets! My favourite things to get here are wild mushrooms, samphire, and fish.
Lovely samphire and a huge variety of mushrooms. I’ve only recently discovered samphire, and it’s such a great accompaniment to seafood dishes.
Garlic sold in stalks (don’t they look divine?), radishes, and artichokes.
Beautiful curves of tomatoes and squashes.
A colourful variety of potatoes, bunched beetroots, and a sweet smelling bunch of lavender amongst a bed of garlic.
Some of the berries on offer…
Don’t you just love the colours and tropical-ness of this display? :)
A selection of fish and meat
Salt (fleur de sel) sold by the tub. Other varieties of salt are also available – e.g. seasalt with seaweed (which I find very interesting). There are also a number of stalls selling freshly baked breads, as shown in the bottom right photo.
I hope this post has convinced you that Borough Market is a definite must do in London – whether you’re a tourist, or a Londoner. How could anyone resist the temptation of such lovely food? ;)
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