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In pictures: London’s Borough Market

The entrance to Borough Market in London

Beneath a wrought iron roof and the railway arches near London Bridge lies Borough Market, the oldest of London’s markets. It dates back to the thirteenth century and used to be a wholesale market for fruit and vegetables. That’s still there, but it’s also open to the public on Wednesdays to Saturdays now, when you can buy food and drink from over 70 different traders. Producers from around the UK and beyond sell everything from organic fruit and vegetables, rare breed meat, cheeses, breads and cakes, coffee and juices. It’s not cheap and you’ll be battling the crowds on Saturdays, but it’s hard to resist the amazing smells of roasted pork rolls, raclette cheese and mulled wine in winter. And even if you’re not buying, you can eat your way around the market with a few taster samples from the stalls.

Stalls selling food and drink at Borough Market in London

Bunches of sausages on a stall at Borough Market in London

Colourful chillis and apples on stalls at Borough Market in London

French produce stall at Borough Market in London

Florist at Borough Market in London

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  1. great photos…makes want to visit the place…:)

    November 21, 2012
    • Thanks, it’s well worth a visit, though if you want to take photos Thursday is the best time to go as there aren’t so many crowds.

      November 26, 2012
  2. Always meant to go there but not yet been, Lucy. Just spotted your reading post and the Jordan itinerary so I’m off there!

    November 21, 2012
    • Go hungry if you do Jo – there are so many fantastic stalls I can never resist coming home with a few food parcels!

      November 26, 2012
  3. I love Borough Market – great shots Lucy.

    November 21, 2012
    • Me too, I haven’t been back for a few months so must be due a pre-Christmas visit!

      November 26, 2012
    • You might have to stock up on cheese at Neal’s Yard… 🙂

      November 26, 2012
    • Would be rude not too wouldn’t it!

      November 26, 2012
  4. Nice photos Luce! Looks like fun 🙂

    November 21, 2012
    • Thanks Ardun, I’ve always loved photographing markets (and tasting everything while I’m there!)

      November 26, 2012
  5. Luce, great pictures and info about Borough Market! I really want to go there next time I’m visiting London! I used your text to create a profile for Borough Market on YouPlanet Travel community, cause I think it would be great to let others know about it! Let me know if you have any problem with that 🙂 http://goo.gl/72G7M

    November 21, 2012
    • Hi, thanks for visiting and no problem to add the info to the site – hope you get to make the trip to Borough Market soon!

      November 26, 2012
  6. Yet another place that I never made it to on our too short tour of London last time (didn’t make it to the Tower of London, either, which I regret). I LOVE markets! Thanks for the tantalizing pictures.

    November 21, 2012
    • It’s always good to have a few things you missed to give you something to come back again for!

      November 26, 2012
  7. A feast for the eyes Lucy!

    November 21, 2012
    • Thanks Karen, I loved the bright colours of all the produce for sale.

      November 26, 2012
  8. The Bunch looks like a chorizo for me and this post Lucy just made me starve 🙂

    November 22, 2012
    • Me too – must be nearly lunch time!

      November 26, 2012
  9. What a fantastic place! I’m definitely going there next time I’m in London – the food for sale looks delicious 🙂

    November 22, 2012
    • It is – go hungry and take full advantage of all the tasting samples would be my advice!

      November 26, 2012
  10. Reblogged this on frugalfirstclasstravel and commented:
    My regular readers will know I have a bit of a thing about markets. I’m planning on visiting the Borough Market in April, but until then this is definitely a mouthwatering entree!

    November 23, 2012
    • Thanks for reblogging and hope you enjoy your trip to Borough Market in April!

      November 26, 2012
  11. your pictures are fantastic, they capture perfectly the “Borough Market – Feeling”. It’s definitely one of the must-seen-parts while visiting London 🙂

    November 23, 2012
    • Thanks, it’s one of the spots in London I always take friends to, the smells and tastes are just fantastic.

      November 26, 2012
  12. Wonderful photos! I enjoyed these alot!

    November 25, 2012
    • Thanks Marina, I should go back and take some pre-Christmas shots soon as it looks so nice lit up then.

      November 26, 2012
  13. An excellent post, with super images. Borough market is a London must-do. You sell it well 🙂

    November 26, 2012
    • Thanks Rachael, it’s one thing I miss from not living in London any more (though my bank balance is better off from a few less visits, it’s too tempting!).

      November 28, 2012
  14. wow! vibrant colors! 🙂

    November 27, 2012
    • Thanks, it’s a really colourful place to visit.

      November 28, 2012
  15. I love the hot Chorizo and pimento riolls from Brindisa at borough Market, can’t resist them!

    November 28, 2012
    • Brindisa is fantastic (the chilli picture above was taken in there) – those rolls sound great too, one to try on my next visit.

      November 28, 2012

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