Borough Market
London, England

The Basics

8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
Open for Lunch:
Monday - Tuesday: 10am - 5pm 

Full Market:
Wednesday - Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Fridays: 10am - 6pm
Saturdays: 8am - 5pm 

100+ vendors

Backstory

The Borough Market has been around a long time. You can find historical references that go back a thousand years.  In 1755 it was closed by Parliament for causing congestion, but soon reopened.  While the market has gone through huge changes in it’s time, it is still located on its original site where it all started by selling produce, grain, fish and livestock a millennium ago.  It claims to be London’s oldest and most renowned market.

Impressions

If you love public markets, like we do, then this one has to be on your bucket list!  Steeped in historic significance, it’s also a food lovers dream.  While there are usually throngs of tourists here, this is also where the locals do their shopping and a top destination for London’s chefs in search of premium ingredients.  What a pleasure to stroll around taking in the abundance of items offered here.  There are countless vendors offering spices and preserves, seafood, meat, produce, dairy, baked goods, drinks, charcuterie and so on… but there is also a vast array of cafes, bars and restaurants.  This is a great market to be introduced to some new foods, as there are a lot of hard to find and specialty items on hand. But you can also just do your grocery shopping here, or come in to sit down for a meal.  This market is really dazzling in its wealth of wonderful things being offered, so give yourself plenty of time to soak it all in.

Touristwise

Be prepared for crowds, especially on Saturday.  If you feel claustrophobic in crowds, it would be best to come early or avoid the weekend.  On the flip side, it is an especially fun spot for people watching while walking about shamelessly eating samples for a couple of hours!   Bring cash as many vendors don’t accept credit cards.

Travel Tips

The market is located next to London Bridge station on the south side of the Thames, which is serviced by the Jubilee and Northern Lines on the underground and by overground trains from all over London and the Sough of England. It’s an easy walk from many of London’s most popular attractions.

Contact/Links

http://boroughmarket.org.uk
Phone: +44 20 7407 1002

Additional Info

  • Address: 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL
  • Country: England
  • City: London
  • Phone: +44 20 7407 1002
  • Hours: Open for Lunch:
    Monday - Tuesday: 10am - 5pm

    Full Market:
    Wednesday - Thursday: 10am - 5pm
    Fridays: 10am - 6pm
    Saturdays: 8am - 5pm
  • Twitter: @boroughmarket
  • Vendors: 100+
  • More information: London's oldest fruit and veg market
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