Elias Pelcastre

Borough Market

When I broke the news to people that I was moving to London I found myself being inundated with suggestions of what to do in my free time, museums to visit, markets to go to and parks to relax in among others.

It wasn’t until I finished my first working week that it became clear that London is too expensive for me to be able to see everything and also that the working week is a) long and b) tiring. So I have had to be picky with what I choose to do with my free time, especially as it is already almost dark when I leave the office and I have had to be content with dashing to new and exciting places in my lunch hour.

Among all of the exciting things I have seen and done in the past few weeks, the place which really stands out in my mind is Borough Market. The quirks, from the cash point located in a red telephone box to the celebrations for #BritishEggWeek add to what is already the best gourmet street food experience to be had in London. Established in the thirteen century and consisting of over one hundred stalls sprawled out under a hotly contested viaduct near London Bridge this place really has something for everyone food wise.

And the best part? If you are skint you do not have to feel left out. Or hungry. The free samples given out are enough to fill anybody up for a time; I recommend  the Malaysian curries and the paella if you plan on being fussy. Stallholders trade everything from freshly baked bread, rare breed meats, oils, vegetables, Cornish cider and proper British pimms (even in the depths of Winter) and perfectly put together meals for tourists and those visiting on their lunch hour.

It’s also undercover so is perfect for those days which rain look set to dominate – it’s also well linked to other top attractions south of the Thames, the Clink Museum and Globe Theatre for example. And for those who want to draw out a visit, there are regular live demonstration kitchens, Icelandic Pantry is currently invading– look out for rotten shark and peach schnapps! There’s a reason why this market attracts the most people each year and has the most traders – it’s the best.

Photos by Kitty Busz