Exploring London’s Borough Market

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London is home to some amazing street food markets, but there is no better place to stuff your face with homemade deliciousness than Borough Market.

Borough Market is open from Monday to Saturday, with limited stalls on a Monday and a Tuesday.

It gets absolutely packed on a Friday and Saturday, and pretty much every day over the summer months as London in August is a very warm and welcoming place to be.

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Foodies and picky eaters will both find themselves happy at Borough Market so couples visiting London will each be able to find something to their tastes, as you can try everything you see or head straight to the bread and chocolate and bypass the strange looking vegetables you’ve never heard of.

There are stalls just for vegetarians, sections for meat-lovers, and a range of drinks from smoothies to wine to juices.


Come for a cooking presentation so you can pretend you’re on an episode of Hell’s Kitchen (or something a little less shouty if that’s your style).


The interior of the market is beautiful with open spaces and glass ceilings that let in tons of sunlight.

It’s one of the most iconic things to do near London Bridge and I would argue one of the most iconic things to do in London full stop. Some of the best London tours are also food tours that go through Borough Market.

Seating is rather limited, so you can either walk around with your food in hand or find a wall to lean against along the sides of the market.

You’re so close to the river, though, that you can grab your food to go and sit on a bench overlooking the Thames and not worry about the crowds of the market.


Borough Market has undergone changes over the years, which isn’t a surprise since it celebrated its 1,000th birthday in 2014.

It used to be a wholesale market that sold to grocers, but now it sells directly to the public and on behalf of Londoners everywhere, THANK YOU.


Whether you go just once during your stay in London or come back for a second (and third and fourth) round as you visit London with your kids, Borough Market is always a hit and it’s at the top of my list when visitors come to town.


5 thoughts on “Exploring London’s Borough Market”

  1. Borough Market is my sister’s favourite London market. She and her husband have lunch (or at least a hot chocolate) there almost every time they go in to London.

  2. Top tip if you’re visiting Borough Market… don’t venture there on a Saturday. It’s cray busy, rammed full of people from very Early on! Visiting during the week is a far more pleasant & leisurely affair – you won’t feel like you’re being rushed off of your feet.

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