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A photo walk in London’s Borough market: A foodies’ favorite free thing to do in London

I don’t know when I heard or read about Borough Market London for the first time but I know it was in connection with Jamie Oliver, something along the lines that he goes there every Saturday morning. It was about then that I started daydreaming about visiting the market and bumping into the passionate chef.

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

Although I lived in England for two years, I never visited London’s Borough Market because I wasn’t interested in food at the time.  To say the least things have changed since I’ve been away.

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

 Last August I had the chance to make my market dreams come true. I visited London’s Borough Market at the Food Blogger Connect Conference. Borough Market is London’s premier market and simply put, it is as good as everyone says it is. London’s Borough Market is a paradise for me; I could go there everyday.

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

The wholesale and retail food market located in Southwark, London is one of the city’s oldest markets. A true gourmet heaven it consists of up to 70 stalls and stands. Producers from all over the country show up each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a range of fresh produce, including fish, meats, vegetables, fruits, ciders, coffees, artisan cheeses, breads, cakes and pastries. 

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

One bonus of spending a morning or afternoon wandering through the market is the nibbles provided; confident in the quality of their product to secure a sale, the producers offer free samples of their goods. Another joy is bumping into fellow foodies, exchanging ideas and sharing recipes.

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

If you find yourself in London and want to explore Borough Market, remember that it is definitely one of the best free things to do in London not just for photographers and foodies, but tourists in general. It is a tourist magnet! Plan your visit for early in the day and be prepared for some crowds. However, it will be well worth it.

Photo walk through London's Borough Market

The best time to visit  is before 10 a.m., or even earlier if you want to take some awesome tourist-free pictures. Bring cash and go hungry. Stroll through the whole meandering market before selecting your dining choice. It’s hard, I know, but you can snack on the free samples to hold you over.

All photos by and property of Zita Nagy.

Visit London’s Borough market website for hours of operation, vendors and some fabulous sounding seasonal recipes

This article has 18 comments

  1. emiglia

    I LOVE Borough Market! Next time you’re there, be sure to check out the pork belly sandwiches at the roast stand. Amazing.

  2. Zita

    Emiglia! I would try if I wasn’t vegetarian! 🙂

  3. Margo Millure

    I’ll go and try the pork sandwiches!

  4. Briana

    Zita, these photos are gorgeous and the market sounds magical! I will definitely be stopping in there next time I find myself in London!

  5. Briana

    I’ll go with you! 🙂

  6. Eurotrip Tips

    Wow, so inspiring and mouth-watering! I love visiting markets and try new recipes. Beautiful photos 🙂

  7. Jessica

    Fabulous photos! I love food markets around the world (including Borough Market)!

  8. Zita

    Briana! You should definitely visit the market next time if you’re in London. It’s a must see place. I love markets so much, they’re my relaxing places!

  9. Zita

    Thank you for your comment, Jessica!

  10. Krista

    Oh Zita, these pictures are absolutely GLORIOUS!! 🙂

  11. Ξανθή

    I like this market and I have been there many times.

  12. Zita

    Thanks, Krista!

  13. inka

    Who ever said the Brits don’t understand food??? I love this market too and you captured the atmosphere wonderfully.

  14. Nomadic Samuel

    You captured this market beautifully with your photos 🙂

  15. Bobbi Lerman

    Borough Market just went on my list for need to go to next time I’m in London
    Made me wish Spring was just a little bit closer so the farmer markets would re-open.

  16. Zita

    Thank you, Inka! I’m glad you like the photos!

  17. Jillian

    Love these photos! That bread looks delicious.. And so does London. xx.

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