In this age of fast food, disposable everything and home delivery food services it is a refreshing and rewarding experience to visit an authentic outdoor food market. The Borough Market in Southwark, London, along the south bank of the River Thames, is one such market that will have you coming back more than once.
This amazing market is one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, dating back to at least the 12th. century with the present buildings having been constructed in the 1850’s. Although the Market’s official opening date is largely in question the best available date is in 1014.
The Borough Market is the ultimate embodiment of the global Slow Food movement as it supports a low impact approach to food production along with an emphasis on local traditions and customs. In short, it is the very antithesis of “fast food.”
The Borough Market’s amazing collection of purveyors, shops and restaurants truly reflect London’s status as an international city, with traditional British standards selling alongside regional specialities from around the world. An added bonus to your shopping and dining experience is the amazing space that the market occupies. It is a testimony to thoughtful architectural restoration situated under a bridge with an active commuter train rumbling overhead every few minutes. Noisy…yes. Chaotic…you bet. But who could ask for more?As an enthusiastic, modern day “hunter-gatherer” and one who prefers to shop outside the normal big box chains I found myself in complete harmony moving around this world class emporium with its gregarious, knowledgeable and generous purveyors.
The market hours can be found on their website.
Jim preparing a meal for our hosts in London. Baked Scottish salmon with asparagus and shallots and a Greek salad. Simply prepared with fresh ingredients from the Borough Market.