A few weekends ago, my dad – a real foodie – came to town. He’s not a big fan of shopping, so I panicked about what to do with him all weekend. Then, in a stroke of genius, I decided to take him to Borough Market.
Borough Market was established around 1014, and moved to its current site next to Southwark Cathedral in 1755. The market specialises in all sorts of foodstuffs, from cakes to carrots and everything in between.
There was a real buzz down there – we got there around lunchtime and were immediately hit by the smell of food wafting over from all directions.
The great thing about the market is the free samples available at the majority of the stalls. Within minutes I’d had a taste of different types of flavoured olive oil, some cheese and some morsels of brownie.
All the food is fresh, and there are plenty of stalls to grab a quick bite to eat. There’s a huge array of cuisines, including Turkish sweets, Greek wraps and the standard burger stalls (gourmet of course).
Events to watch out for
For those of you who, like me, love cheese, head down to a cheese evening on Dec 16 – make a start on your Christmas cheese shopping!
Not just food…
In addition to the tasty food, there are also other stalls selling their wares, including wines, beers and flowers.
And whilst you’re down there, why not check out some of the nearby attractions – Vinopolis, where you can book yourself on to a wine tasting tour; The Clink, one of the oldest prisons in the country; and the Tate Modern.
Nearest Tube: London Bridge