If you’re looking to get your hands on some ARTISAN foods head to Borough Market – it’s like a big old outdoor Waitrose full of deliciousness. I know this because actual Heston Blumenthal shops there in real life. I have SEEN HIM.
The market dates back to 1276, but it’s recently been poshed up a bit to cater for its new found status as a premier tourist destination. Head to London Bridge station during the weekend and you’ll see the market right in front of you (if you take the correct tube exit – easier said than done, so here’s a map).
It’s a wholesale market for the earlybirds who get there on weekday mornings between 2am and 8am, but during the day it caters for normal folk – you can even get a little lunch in a box if you work in the area. I do – and one of my favourite stalls for lunching is The Veggie Table – a delightful hippy offering of vegan burgers, scrumptious salads, hummus and the like.
If you’re still doing the healthy January thing don’t miss Total Organics either – they’ll make up fresh juices and smoothies while you wait, and wheatgrass shots if you’re feeling really virtuous. N.B. My brother tried one of these, shuddered like he was on the brink of death and declared it to be the most horrendous thing that had ever passed his lips. Just a warning…
Famous traders include Bread Ahead, Furness Fish & Game Supplies, The Ginger Pig, Sillfield Farm, and Brindisa, who also have a restaurant on the edge of the market which is just about the finest people-watching spot in the whole of London town. The tapas ain’t bad either. Or, if tapas isn’t doing it for you you absolutely must try Elliot’s Cafe – it’s a wonderful place (and an absolute dream if you’re gluten free).
After a Saturday morning’s scoffing we took a stroll down the South Bank, which turned out to be wholly worthwhile because of this bit of sand-sculpting BRILLIANCE…
8 Southwark Street,
Opening times and travel information here.