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To Market, To Market

Fresh olives for sale at Borough Market

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.

Free Samples

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).

Selection of cheeses available at the market

Events to watch out for

This weekend, The Fresh Olive Company is holding a promotion on two new olives.  Check here for more details.

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

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Pop into the Tate

Hello Lovelies,

By chance, I had the opportunity to have a free look round the Pop Life exhibition at the Tate Modern this week (thanks JF!)

The exhibition opened on October 1, and is running until January 17, 2010.  Featuring work from Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, amonst others,  the exhibition takes you on a journey through 17 rooms – starting with a prologue introducing the audience to the concept of pop art.

The exhibition is pretty good – I was on a bit of a time limit so we whizzed round in about half an hour, but you could definitely spend more time there really studying the pieces and reading all the information that goes with them.  My particular favourites were Warhol, Pruitt Early (really good music in this room!) and the final room, which celebrated Takashi Murakami.

More To See

Whilst you’re there, you might as well have a gander round the rest of the museum, no?

Other exhibitions include The Unilever Series, How It Is by Polish artist Miroslaw Balka, John Baldessari’s Pure Beauty and Jill Magid’s Authority to Remove.

There are also a couple of gift shops (my favourite things!) and cafes for your convenience.

With a riverside location, the Tate is definitely a nice day out, and it’s possible to spend the best part of an afternoon there.  Which is handy for this afternoon, as it’s due to rain on Saturday!

Stuff you should know: Nearest Tube is Southwark (Jubilee Line) and Mansion House (District/Circle Lines) both about 10 minutes walk away.

The Tate Modern is FREE, apart from the following exhibitions:

Pop Life – £12.50

Pure Beauty – £10 (concessions available)

Enjoy x

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