Borough Market

Things to do in London | Borough Market

If there is one thing you can guarantee after a visit to Borough Market, it’s a satisfied and full tummy. Selling gourmet food from over 100 stalls, you’re bound to find something incredibly tasty. With both local and international traders setting up their stands, expect everything from fish, cheese, confectionery, breads, coffees, cakes and more. Stunning restaurants surround the main hub too plus it has an extensive events calendar that includes cooking clubs and demo sessions.

Rich with history, Borough Market dates is over 1,000 years old and one of the capital’s oldest food markets. In 1755, it was actually closed down by Parliament but local residents raised over £6,000 to have it re-opened. Taking back a large part of the land called The Triangle, this now remains the heart of the market. With its positioning so close to the Thames, it made trading and importing incredibly easy as well as the railway expanding nearby. Now, as one of London’s most famous markets, it’s no wonder the residents back then didn’t go down without a fight.

Borough Market

Borough Market

Top tip

Remember that Borough Market is not open on Sundays with traders operating from Wednesday through to Saturday - so not like most markets! The market is also open on Mondays and Tuesdays but there will be fewer traders on these two days so make the most of it later in the week.

Essential information

While the main hub of stalls are in the Three Crown Square, there so many other spots to visit surrounding it. Full of little passageways and hidden corners, there’s lots to discover. There are public toilets available at Jubilee Place, Three Crown Square and Market Hall and the whole of Borough Market is a smoke-free zone. All parts of Borough Market are fully accessible for wheelchair users, too.

Eating and drinking

When it comes to Borough Market, the list of food and drink options are endless. Whether you want to sample delicacies from a range of stalls or want to have a sit down meal, you’ll find something tasty.

From cheese and cured meats to olives and confectionery, there’s a stall for it. Blackwoods Cheese Company produce soft raw cow’s milk cheese from their dairy in Brockley and offer a range of cheese to try and buy. If you’re after street food, look out for vegetarian Indian food at Gujarati Rasoi, Mediterranean influenced Gourmet Goat and slow cooked meat baguettes from Hobbs Meat Roast. Scotchtails give the classic scotch egg a twist while Soul Food gives out a kick with its Caribbean menu.

Perfect for dinners with friends and family, tapas restaurant Arabica Bar & Kitchen brings a taste of the Middle East to Borough Market. If sushi is one of your favourite dishes, check out Feng Sushi for all the classics or head to Roast for that traditional British roast dinner with all the trimmings with many of the ingredients sourced from the local Borough Market traders.

Getting to Borough Market

Due to its London Bridge location, the tube or rail is your best option. However, bus routes also take you to Borough Market coming from London’s Liverpool Street and places further South.

By car
Parking spaces are available at both the Union Car Parks and Snowfields NCP, both of which a short walk away from the market.

By bus
Just a stroll away from Borough Market are bus stops at Borough High Street and London Bridge. Look out for routes 43, 141, 149 and 521.

By tube
London Bridge station sits on both the Northern and Jubilee line and there are signposts to direct you straight to Borough Market.