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Connoisseur’s Guide to Borough Market

Written by Aksel Ritenis
borough-market1 Borough Market is an institution in London and along with other famous landmarks the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace, its history chroncicles the development of a city.
The Market is located on the south side of London Bridge Mainline Station on 8 Southwark Street SE1. However, it has not always been at this location and after a couple of centuries of travel, it finally settled at its current location in 1756.


Until the eighteenth century London Bridge was the only bridge over the Thames connecting London and Southern England and Europe. For merchants who travelled to London the bridge was therefore the gateway to the city of London and the first incarnation of the Market was on the bridge. Historians speculate that there could have been traders there earlier than 1014, but at this date reference was made to the sale of grain, fish, vegetables and cattle.
After almost three of centuries the market moved to the ground of St Thomas’s hospital in Long Southwark (now Borough High Street) and then in the thirteenth century, as a result of a fire, the market moved with the hospital to its current sit on St Thomas’s Street. Here it continued for several hundred years.

When the after lunch craving for something sweet hits, Borough will not dissapoint. At the Cranberry stall you can buy an endless amount of treats including baklava and Turkish delight. Try the Bird Nest Baklava (£4.75 for 250g) or the extra pistacio Turkish Delight (£3.99 for 250g).

As with any establishment offering good food and drink, Borough Market suffers from its own popularity. Reviewers often complain of bustling crowds and long queues at certain stalls. Visitors to the Market amount to approximately 2000 people on a Thursday, 5000 on a Friday and 10– 15000 on a Saturday. Some also lament the exuberant prices of many of the goods. Their advice? Try and go early or explore the stalls on the fringe of the market. Also, try and eat a big sized English breakfast before you go, ensuring that you won’t be tempted to splurge.

The market even has its own cookbook “The Borough Market Cookbook: Meat and Fish” written by Sarah Freeman and Sarah Leahey Benjamin. You can also do some further reading on the Market with “The Borough Market Book: From Roots to Renaissance” by Ptolemy Dean, Sheila Dillion and Henrietta Green. Also pick up a copy of Market Life, a free Borough Market quarterly with many features on food and drink, Q&A’s and some recipes.
Written by Susan Smith

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