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26 September 2019

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Borough Market

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Market name: Borough Market

Address: 8 Southwark Street
London
SE1 1TL

Opening times: Monday-Thursday 10am-5pm
Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 8am-6pm
(please note, Borough Market is closed on Sundays!)

Nearest tube: London Bridge

 

What is Borough Market?

 

Borough Market has been in existence for over 1,000 years (fact!). Succoured by its iconic location at the foot of London Bridge, the market is one of London’s most enduring attractions. It originated from the efforts of medieval traders wanting to take advantage of the southern ports in Southwark and sell their wares to visiting travellers. Over the years, it came to specialise in food goods, with people using the market to sell livestock, grains, fruit and fish- all at prices that undercut the City’s. So, it’s no wonder that food is Borough Market’s kohinoor.

It’s worth noting that even though the market is celebrated now, this wasn’t always the case. Borough Market’s original location, from the south end of London Bridge all the way towards St Margaret’s Hill, blocked one of the only roads directly into the City and, ultimately, this was enough for parliament to force the market to close down in 1756 (we told you there was history). It was in that same year, that an independent market was set up a little ways down from the old location, on the westside of Borough High Street. All the traders who were shut down flocked to this new site and, thus, Borough Market was reborn.

 

The market as we know and love today is a vibrant and diverse hub – as is only fitting for a place with such a rich history. The atmosphere is busy (particularly on Saturdays) but the enticing lingerings of food is enough to tempt anyone into the crowds. Since the market still specialises in all things edible from all around the world, you’ll often spot visitors walking around holding something that makes you drooool (and want it).

As of the 21st century, the market is seeing more and more stalls specialising in healthy, organic produce and artisan goods, but if this doesn’t suit your tastes, there’s still much more on offer. London’s Borough Market is one of the most diverse areas in the city and its beauty lies with there being something for everyone. Whether you’re after some fresh ingredients, a snack, a place to grab a quick drink, or maybe just some inspiration, Borough Market is a great place to visit.

Our top reasons to visit Borough Market

 

  • Paella

Paella is a firm favourite for visitors, and it’s no wonder. Presented in giant pans, the ‘Borough Market Paella’ is a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.  

 

  • Bread

Borough Market is home to a number of London based bakeries so there’s no shortage of freshly baked products for bread-loving visitors.

 

  • Spices

If you want to add some exotic flavour to you next dish, check out the various spice vendors. With some shops having wall to wall displays of different spices, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more colourful variety anywhere else in London. 

 

  • Cheese

Borough Market is one of the best places for a cheese connoisseur to visit.  French, Italian and even british classics- there’s a delightful selection of some of the highest quality cheeses to choose from.

 

  • Beer

In London, it seems there’s a pub on every corner. But, the alternative choices of locally sourced and sustainably brewed beers available throughout Borough Market are well worth a try. 

Getting to the market

 

Getting to Borough Market is simple. It’s located just a short 4 minute walk away from London Bridge station with links to the Northern and Jubilee lines on the underground as well as various mainland train routes. 

 

If buses are your preferred method of transport, there are also bus stops at London Bridge, Borough High Street and Southwark Street, only minutes away from the market.

 

From South Point Suites, Borough Market is only a light 15 minute walk away. If you don’t fancy the stroll, however, you can always catch the bus from the Bermondsey Street bus stop- only 2 minutes away from us.

Around Borough Market

 

If you have still got some energy to spare after eating your way around the market, there are plenty of other attractions within a 20 minute walk. If you’re after some art and culture, get a 360 view of the city at the top of The Shard, learn about London Bridge’s iconic history by visiting the London Bridge Experience or take in some modern art at the TATE Modern. There are loads of sites you can enjoy as a family too- The Unicorn Theatre (just a 10 minute walk from the market) is a particular favourite amongst kids.

 

If it’s the outdoors you crave, take a wander around one of the nearby parks such as Leather Market Gardens- an expansive 1930s green space perfect for relaxing with friends and family. Or, if you’re in the mood for more shopping, take a brisk 15 minute walk to Bermondsey Antiques Market which is open every Friday, and is just round the corner from South Point Suites. 

That said, if your trip has well and truly worn you out, the market is close to some great London hotels. Southern Point Suites Serviced Apartments is located on Bermondsey Street, near London Bridge, making it the perfect distance from Borough Market, as well as many of the other London attractions mentioned here. 

 

Looking for somewhere to stay during your visit to Bermondsey? South Point Suites has a selection of different room options available to choose from – book today.

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