Saturday, 28 January 2012

Borough Market (8/1000)

(#838 in the book)

So my book recommends going to Borough Market, SE1 on a Saturday morning, so that's what I did! Well... it was more like midday if I'm being totally honest, but ssssssssh don't tell anyone!

After having a delicious breakfast at the branch of Joe's Kitchen in Borough this morning, I had a wonder to Borough Market with the motley crew of @londonfox@chrisnotwell and @tin_fish.

@tin_fish, @chrisnotwell and @londonfox
Borough Market is very probably London's oldest market, going back to the 13th century. It was closed for a while in the 18th century, but a group of residents living in the area raised a lot of money and brought the plot of land it now stands on. And the rest as they say is history.

There are all types of stalls/shops in the market, selling all kinds of food - fresh fruit/veg, meat (fresh, cured etc...), bakery goods, cheese, olives, granola, fish, garlic - and even one selling beer

But be warned, there is lots and lots of amazing food within the market to get a taste of and if you're not careful, you'll be stuipdly full up in no time! I remember cutting through the market once on the way to get some lunch, and I tried a few bits and then by the time I'd walked through the route I needed I was so full up - lunch was off the menu completely! However, if you are after a bite to eat (samples not included) there are a number of places you can get food and drink in and around the market.

This is one of my favourite Market's in London with a lovely friendly atmosphere, but sadly I had to be gone at 1pm, so this time was only a fleeting visit. But as I do seem to spend a lot of my time in that part of London, I'm sure it won't be long until I'm back again. And  next time I'll take some photo's of individual stalls to put up on this blog entry. I did however take a couple of quick pics while I was there of a couple of bits that amused me...

A quite rude looking Squid... 
An awesome name :¬)
The market appears in my book a total of 6 times under various guises, but today I just did this one. The other entries includes having a cup of the best coffee in town at one of the coffee shops - slight problem being I don't drink coffee, so need to think a way around this (possibly taking a coffee drinker with me and I'll have a hot choc!); buy a particular type of cake from one of the bakery stalls; taking a certain bus route alongside the market; have breakfast at one of the restaurants (but at £15 for a full English, I may need a sponsor!); and finally having an early morning beer at one of the pubs. These will all be done in one way or another... just not sure when or how yet.

Borough Market has stalls Thursday - Saturday and is based a few short minutes from either London Bridge station (trains, underground and buses) or Borough Underground station. Check out their website for further information, and of course they are on Twitter too @boroughmarket- so you know the score, go follow!

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