The Borough Market

The Borough Market is a retail and wholesale food market located in Southwark in Central London. It’s one of the biggest food markets in the city, and one visit will prove that. People flock to the market, especially on a Saturday, the day I went with some friends.

Not only can you find fruits and veggies, there are more “upscale” booths. Today’s location isn’t the original spot—it has moved around some over the centuries. Borough Market goes back to 1276, according to historical records. However, some claim that it has existed since 1014. The popularity and importance of the market caused problems over the years, most importantly obstructing traffic. The existing buildings of the market popped up in the 1850s. They were refurbished in 2001. From what I know, there are no plans to move it again. A couple of centuries from now, who knows.

The market has appeared in several films, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. It’s a popular place to this day and is regarded as a posh spot to buy food and other items. Not that I did much buying. But I did enjoy browsing. Here are some photos.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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30 Responses to The Borough Market

  1. Our list gets longer……. LOL 🙂

  2. jmgoyder says:

    Those pumpkins are incredible!

  3. IsobelandCat says:

    Borough Market has been threatened quite a few times in recent years. I have signed several petitions to save it. The breakthrough came when it reinvented itself as a green market and was voted in the top ten of favourite places to buy food in London.
    There was also a glimpse of it in the Paralympics trailer for Channel 4.

    • TBM says:

      I hadn’t heard that. That would be a shame if it was closed down. It has such a great vibe and I love the variety of food you can get there. Good thing they branded it as a green market—brilliant move!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ah great! I couldn’t buy much either, the things I wanted were all fresh and my journey home is too long!

  5. A friend recommended Borough Market to me a while ago but every time I’ve tried to go, it’s been closed. Hopefully my next trip to London will coincide with the opening days 🙂

  6. lynnsbooks says:

    Looks like a great place to go mooching and I love the pictures of the seasonal veg particularly the pumpkins!
    Lynn 😀

  7. Northern Narratives says:

    Looks liek a great place to spend the day and free samples would be super 🙂

  8. scrapydo says:

    I love these markets. So much color and variety , also the people visiting and not buying! 🙂

  9. Oh, it’s just as I remember, minus the pumpkins of course because I was there in June.
    I wouldn’t mind being there right now and getting some free samples.
    Over here we’re battening down the hatches for Hurricane Sandy. 😦

  10. Jo Bryant says:

    Why oh why must they mess with veges…purple cauliflower…it is just not right.

  11. There should be ‘love’ button for this one. I simply adore markets like this. Your pictures make me feel as though I’ve traveled through it with you. Nice.

  12. Deborah - d.mooncrab says:

    I love to go to that type of markets on Saturday, in the morning hours. Just lovely and so much fun!!

  13. pattisj says:

    I love places like that. Thanks for taking me along! 😉

  14. Valentina says:

    I buy my food mostly at street market and farmer’s market. I love them dearly. A trip to the market is reinvigorating to me, I get to be social and friendly with the vendors and I get to taste the food.

  15. zelmare says:

    Wonderful! Looks like my kind of place to spend a Sunday morning. 🙂 love the pics.

  16. Fergiemoto says:

    Wow, so much variety! I’d love to visit that market!

  17. That looks so great! I’d probably get lost in there forever and still be happy 🙂

  18. aFrankAngle says:

    Gotta love a good, vibrant market.

  19. Will definitely have to go there whenever I get back to London. Love those markets.

  20. Madhu says:

    I don’t need to buy anything. I take great pleasure in just walking around these markets. And this seems so worth visiting TBM. Thank you for sharing.

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