This weekend we decided to go to Borough Market. Freya had never been before and we’ve been putting it off for weeks – but this weekend we got in the car nice and early arrived at the market by 8:30am.
Borough Market it literally just at the end of London Bridge on the South side of the river. Parking was a bit of a problem but we eventually found a space at £10 for two hours. This was a bit of a shame because Borough Market has its own car park – just near ‘The Rake’ (a great pub) – and it costs maybe £2 an hour. We’ll remember this for next time.
Being a market I assumed it would be in full flow by 8:30am – but I was very much mistaken. Borough Market doesn’t really get going until 10am – there were a lot of people still setting up when we arrived. Not that this was a problem. You get to see a lot more when it isn’t rammed with tourists.
Borough Market is so colourful and is full of fresh vegetables, fruit, cheeses, bread and cured meats. We aren’t eating meat at the moment so we stuck to the cheese fruit and veg!
We had a really nice Halloumi Burger for breakfast from one of the stands in the uncovered part of the market. Very tasty and actually the only hot food we could get that early in the morning! Most hot food places weren’t ready until nearer 10am.
We ended up buying some lettuce, figs, basil and peaches from ‘Turnips’ – which is a very large and impressive greengrocers in the covered part of the market. In hindsight we should have shopped around a bit more as there were better figs on other stands.
We also went into Neal’s Yard – which is opposite The Market Porter (another great pub) and tried lots of cheese. We bought some too – £20’s worth in fact!
We also found an amazing Foccacia Bread from which was covered in Olives and Rosemary. It looked and smelled amazing.
By 11am we had already left the market – just as it was filling up with people and getting a bit crowded.
I can thoroughly recommend a morning at this market – it’s great fun – and there’s so much to choose from.