/Reasons Not to Hate London's Borough Market

Reasons Not to Hate London's Borough Market

I know it is unpopular to hate on the Borough Market. Everyone loves it but, in my opinion, not everything about it is lovable. Thursday through Saturday, hordes of tourists converge on the marketplace near London Bridge, unaware that plenty of what they are ooohing and ahhhing over is pure crap with a huge carbon footprint. Sure, some of this opinion is attributable to my agoraphobia, or my frustration over being new to the city. But now I have a better handle on the situation. The key to appreciating the Bourough Market is to go there outside of packed market days. In fact, the most worthwhile shops are open six days a week, Monday through Saturday. Here are some places I love:

Flower Power City Bakery may not have the best bread in town (that spot goes to St John Bread & Wine), but their dense, buttery chocolate brownies more than make up for it.

Monmouth Coffe Company roasts their beans in Bermondsey and sells them both here and Convent Garden. Of course, both shops serve coffee, too, and if you are patient you can snag a seat at one of the communal wooden tables.

When it comes to meat in London, or anywhere else on the planet for that matter, The Ginger Pig is an absolute authority. Their lamb, pork, beef, and veal are artfully butchered and sold here and at their other shop in Marylebone. They also do offal and game. I want to live in this place.

Neal’s Yard Dairy is the authority in London on British and Irish cheeses. About seventy cheesemakers and farms are represented, some of whom make cheese exclusively for distribution by Neal’s Yard. Their butter, yogurt, and creams are divine.

2016-01-07T03:42:14+00:00 February 1st, 2010|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine, Gastronomic Traditions, London, Restaurants|10 Comments


  1. Martha February 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    I’m confused. When did you move to London? I thought you lived in Italy.

  2. petulia February 2, 2010 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Completely agree! in Marylebone have you tried Biggles Gourmet Sausages? You should go on our Gastronomic London walk, it goes from Marylebone to Borough on a tuesday, when things are quiet and fun!

  3. Daily Food Photo: Monmouth Coffee February 3, 2010 at 2:27 am - Reply

    […] (there is another branch at Covent Garden but I rarely venture to those parts). Located in the Borough Market and open Monday through Saturday, Monmouth serves amazing espresso, cappucino, and filter coffee […]

  4. MegRhi February 3, 2010 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Agree, it’s a great place when not overrun on weekends. I smuggle frozen butter home in my suitcase from Neal’s everytime in I’m in London.

    Last time one of the stands was grilling susage with onions and it was a really yummy lunch.

  5. Katie February 5, 2010 at 12:20 am - Reply

    @martha, not exactly though I am spending lots of time there. I still live in Rome.

    @Petulia Havent tried Biggles, yet. Im still figuring out how to leave SE London. Baby steps. Id love to join the Gastonomic Walk. Let’s talk.

    @MegRhi Haha I love that! The butter is so good and so cheap. I’ve had sausage at banger bros. very very good. made me think of Yankee’s Stadium.

  6. […] week I had lunch at Tapas Brindisia in London’s Borough Market. I had high hopes for this place but the food was just average, except for the salted anchovies […]

  7. cyrilbuzz February 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    very decent Asian take away two shops to the right of Monmouth. Used to have my lunchbox there when visiting my company’s HQ 2 blocks away. “Roast” is a popular spot too on the 1st floor of Borough Market.

  8. Daily Food Photo: Stichelton February 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    […] being Like Parmigiano Reggiano in Italy or Roquefort in France, Stichelton is protected by EU laws that designate the style, methods, and location of production. I buy Stichelton at Neal’s Yard Dairy in London’s Borough market […]

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  10. […] between poilane sourdough bread. Their stall is literally the only thing that will get me to Borough Market on a weekend (Kappacasein is there Thursday-Saturday). They also sell their cheeses and […]

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