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Borough Market is one of London's largest and most well-known food markets, located in Southwark. It is a notable landmark in the area and is rich with a vibrant history that stretches back for over a millennium.

History of Borough Market

In the 13th century, the market was relocated to a location near the newly constructed London Bridge. The move contributed to the market’s growth and prosperity, and it continued to flourish, attracting traders from all over the country. Over the years, Borough Market has survived numerous challenges, including legislation introduced in the 1750s to control street trading and to reduce congestion in the area during an intense period of urbanisation during the Victorian era.

Food and Produce at the Market

What sets Borough Market apart and makes it a favourite among Londoners and tourists alike is its unparalleled selection of fresh, high-quality produce. The market is renowned for its emphasis on artisanal and gourmet food products. It offers an abundance of culinary delights, from artisan breads and rich cheeses to exotic fruits and organic meats. Furthermore, the market hosts over 100 food stalls from many types of vendors and farmers. You’ll find bakeries, burgers, oysters, paella, raclette, coffee and many other food products. In addition to British cuisine, there is Japanese, Argentine, Italian, Spanish, French, Thai cuisine and many others.

From traditional British fare to international cuisine, the diversity of food on offer represents London and its many cultures, making Borough Market an indispensable part of the city’s food scene.

Getting there

Borough Market is a few minutes walk away from the London Bridge station, so the easiest way is to go via underground or train to London Bridge, where you can follow the signs to the market.

Nearby

As Borough Market is situated right next to London Bridge, the other interesting places in the area are just a short walk away, such as The Shard and Clink Prison Museum. There is roughly a 5-minute walk to the Thames river.

Nearest Stations

London Bridge - 3 min

Northern Jubilee London Underground Zone: 1

Borough - 7 min

Northern London Underground Zone: 1

Cannon Street - 9 min

District Circle London Underground Zone: 1

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