We quarantined in London last summer and specifically chose to be in the London Bridge neighborhood. It was recommended to us by a local as a great neighborhood known for fantastic local restaurants and the Borough Market, one of London’s oldest and best open air food markets, once our quarantine was over.
The Borough Market was established in 1756 and was revitalized in the 1990s as a farmers market for high-quality food and now also houses several top restaurants. Not all of the restaurants and stalls are open every day, so you need to double check the schedule if you’re looking for a specific place. You can find fishmongers, butcher shops, cheese shops, spices, and more.
Here are some of our favorite Borough Market stalls and restaurants:
There are several bakeries in the market. We like Bread Ahead for sweets, but for bread, you need to goto Oliver’s Bakery. It’s one of the center stalls that are more freestanding. Don’t miss out on the cheese twists. You’ll thank us.
Go early for breakfast. They sell out of their doughnuts and you won’t want to miss them. Filled with everything from classic vanilla or chocolate or lemon curd, caramel and honeycomb, or hazelnut praline. We missed our chance and settled for an equally delicious almond croissant. Flaky and delicious! Watch the staff as they bakery through the glass window.
This cheese shop specializes in French and Swiss cheeses. They’re a little stall in the center of the market with some gorgeous cheeses.
Neal’s Yard Dairy
You can visit the flagship shop in Neal’s Yard (see our visit here), but this boutique is one of the store fronts just on the edge of the market. You’ll find all kinds of delicious british cheeses.
Shellseeker’s Fish & Game
Owner, Darren Brown, began diving for scallops as a hobby and turned it into a company who sells some of the best seafood and selection of game (apparently Darren mostly shoots himself). We found things like homemade pheasant pie, wild board, apple, and potato pie, pheasant parcels, and wild sika deer steaks. He of course also has hand dived scallops, fish pie mixes, mullet, and day boat lemon sole.
The Parma Ham and Mozzarella Stand
Go here for everything Italian. In the summer, pick up amazing burrata to go with fresh tomatoes from the produce stall just around the corner. They also have a fantastic selection of salume like mortadella and coppa.
Furness Fish Market
This fish market stall is a little more flashy. They have quiet the display of fish like a giant monkfish and bands of razor clams. What we loved was at lunchtime they make fantastic bowls of mussels and chips for takeaway. Perfect fresh easy lunch!
The Ginger Pig
A butcher on Stoney Street, The Ginger Pig offers free-range British meat from their three Yorkshire farms. They have a huge selection of meats from sausages and roasts to whole chickens and ducks. We loved their prized pork pies and sausage rolls.
This is another restaurant that’s on our list to visit next time we’re in town. They have an order window at lunch with a selection of baos and grilled using a special grill imported from Tokyo.
There’s also Bermondsey which is an upcoming market that’s down the street. We found our favorite natural wine shop (who works with our favorite London Thai restaurant Kiln). Check back for more on that soon…