As I stated on my Eatinerary [averagetraveller.com], I ended up going to Borough Market twice on my trip to London this year. We met up with friends there on a Friday at noon and were pleased to find that the market was not packed liked sardines as it is on the weekend.
As is our tradition, we met up at Monmouth Coffee [www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk], commonly accepted as one of the best places in London to get your caffiene fix in. Try the Flat White, which is an Australian creation that falls somewhere between a cappuccino and a latte with a tighter foam.
The queue at Monmouth typically runs well out the door but luckily it moves reasonably quickly. They periodically send a runner out to take orders from the line-up so that your order is ready just as you arrive at the cash register.
I take very few pictures at the market because I’m too busy actually looking at and eating as much of the available food as possible! Two of my favorites are the grilled scallops served on the half shell with sprouts and bacon from Shell Seekers [www.boroughmarket.org.uk] and the raw oysters and clams from Richard Haward’s Oyster stand [www.richardhawardsoysters.co.uk].
We went back to the market again on Saturday morning. Arriving at 9:30 in the morning we once again were able to avoid the crowds. While at the market we met Ben (on the left) from Olivology [www.oliveology.co.uk] who chatted with us about where to eat in London.
Unfortunately a few of my favorite stalls are no longer at the market due in part to some railway construction happening in the area. The construction combined with increased rents and a drop in demand for specialy foods due to the economy has lead to some controversy about how management has handled things recently [www.ft.com]. The London Evening Standard even questions whether Borough Market is under the threat of extinction [www.thisislondon.co.uk].
Despite the sometimes crowds and the loss of some vendors, Borough Market is still my favorite market to visit due to the varied selection and the amount of cooked foods and samples avaialble to experience. As a tourist please support the market by taking more than just pictures – take the time to support the vendors by buying their goods. Prepared foods and snacks can be enjoyed right away and many vendors sell goods that can be easily brought home.
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