One of my favorite things to do in Nairobi, especially on a Saturday afternoon (apart from catching up over coffee with a friend), includes visiting the local craft fairs to find some delicious local eats and homemade artisanal crafts, anything from clothes to show pieces. So when I last visited London, I really wanted to visit Borough Market – London’s oldest (about 1,000 years old) food market.
DID YOU KNOW?
It is speculated that the Borough Market started operations in 1014.
Because my visit to London was short and quite jam-packed, I couldn’t really find the time to fit in a visit to the dynamic Borough Market. However, as fate would have it, we found ourselves with some time after an incredible lunch at Dishoom at King’s Cross and before some evening cocktails at the Sky Garden, so we decided to stroll into the iconic market for a short glimpse of the place.
The Borough Market is a riot of colors, smells, and human engagement. Located in Southward, it is a food market where visitors can move from trader to trader to buy anything – from meat and seafood to vegetables to baked goods and confectionary. Alternatively, you can buy goods from shops selling hair and beauty products, homeware and other accessories. Or pop into the various cafes, bars, and restaurants.Borough Market is that perfect location for anyone who wishes to buy organic and artisan goods – it’s too bad I was full from all the food I indulged in at Dishoom. And because it was a Monday, only a few shops and stalls were open. The full Borough Market is only open Wednesday to Saturday, while the market is closed on Sundays (except in December).
Rich with history, Borough Market was essentially a wholesale market in the 20th century, selling produce in quantity to greengrocers. However, the present-day market mainly sells specialty foods alongside traditional British produce to the general public.With the sound of traders and shoppers engaging in their trade or exchanging culinary knowledge, the Borough Market comes alive with special events. So I’ll definitely try to visit again on my next trip to London.
Have you been there? What would you recommend I try here? I’d love to hear in the comments below.
The Borough Market is located at:
8, Southwark St
Photos by Diva Shah