Two Hours in London: If You Love Food & a Bit of History, Try Borough Market

May 30, 2018

Paella at London's Borough Market

So you’re in London for business and you've only got two hours or maybe an afternoon of free time between meetings. On any day of the week, except for Sunday, one of our best suggestions for how to spend an afternoon in London is to visit Borough Market for a delicious tour of their specialty food stalls.

For Travelers Who Like: food and a bit of history.

Where to Go: The nearest Tube station is the London Bridge station which is on the Jubilee and Northern Lines. See the website for Borough Market’s full hours and the list of vendors.

What Makes It Special: Londoners have been buying and selling food in Borough Market for centuries. Although no one knows the exact start date, historians have dated Borough Market back at least 1,000 years and believe that it might even be older!

Borough Market is populated with hundreds of stalls full of appetizing choices. From fresh cheese to pastries, British foods to worldly delights, there is so much to try. Come hungry and stall-hop your way through, trying a little bit of everything as you go.

Borough Market is a supporter of Slow Food, a worldwide movement that encourages food productions that has a low impact on the environment and emphasizes local traditions and customs. That means this market is a place where customers can "source genuinely exceptional food from the farmer who reared the animal, the fisherman who caught the fish, and the baker who baked the bread". 

Must Try: There are a couple of food stalls that you should not miss.

  • Mrs King’s Pork Pies - Trades on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  You can’t leave London without trying a traditional pork pie! A pork pie is made of rich golden brown pastry wrapped around "succulent uncured pork that has a peppery aftertaste".  These scrumptious award-winning pies date back to 1853 when Mrs King made the first one!   
  • Borough Cheese Company - Trades Tuesday through Saturday.  Cheese addicts should not miss Borough Cheese Company. They specialize in Comte cheese, a cheese made from unpasteurized goat's milk in the Franche-Comte region of eastern France. Get a few varieties to try and then head over to The Flour Station stall for some fresh bread to pair with it.
  • Porteña - Trades Monday through Saturday. Definitely do not miss the Empanadas at Porteña! They are an absolute must. Get a couple to share - all the flavors are incredible - and don’t forget to end with a drool-worthy dulce de leche cookie!  P.S. Porteña means girl from Buenos Aires! 




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