Markets Travel

My Guide to Borough Market

Borough Market is glorious every time of year, but I especially love it in the Autumn when the hearty produce is in season. This past weekend, I found myself wandering around the stalls, slowly filling my backpack up with treats.

If you are in London visiting and can make your own schedule, I’d plan on visiting Borough Market on a weekday just to avoid a mad throng of people.  Once you get off the Tube (or bus or train) at London Bridge, I’d recommend getting cash out. A lot of it. Though, to be honest, I’d say £20 is more than enough.

borough market sign

The best for coffee: Monmouth

As soon as I get to the market, I head straight to Monmouth for what I think is the best coffee in London. The disadvantage of going to Borough Market on  Saturday is that the queue for coffee is insane. On a weekday it’s a lot more manageable!

The best for bread: Bread Ahead

If I was a connoisseur of anything it would probably be bread. My favourite bread stall in the market is Bread Ahead (who also run a bakery and cookery school in the area). I always like to grab a massive slab of focaccia to take home with me, and at £3 it’s cheaper than the “artisan” bread from my local Sainsburys. And far tastier. 

The best dairy: Borough Cheese Company

Overall my favourite cheese provider (of free samples) and of those giant wheels of Comte is the Borough Cheese Company. But I also massively love Caerphilly cheese (a traditional Welsh cheese), so I always recommend stopping by Gorwydd Caerphilly and trying it if you never have had it before! (Or buying a block of it, if you’re already a fan.) 


The best alcohol: A tie!

I love the mulled wine at Le Marche du Quartier, while New Forest Cider holds the winning place in my heart for the best mulled cider. Beware of having too many ciders though, they clock in around 7% and go down a bit too smoothly!

mulled wine

The best lunch: A tie!

Hobbs Meat Roast is a meat-eater’s dream come true, and their pulled pork sandwich gets a big thumbs up from me. And on the completely opposite end of the spectrum, I love the Veggie Table. Their veggie burgers with halloumi are so tasty and filling. 

The best of everything else:

I absolutely love the Borough Kitchen and if I had a fortune to spend on culinary equipment and kitchen goods then this is the first place I’d go! 

Since I don’t eat seafood, I’m afraid I can’t give you a personal recommendation, but the Oyster and prosecco stall is always slammed when I go by!

green beams
the shard
borough market
blue plaque

potato merchants
more apples
railway lines
southwalk catherdral

The full market is only open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am- 5pm (Saturdays at 8 am).

Have you been? What’s your favourite Borough Market treat? 

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  • This looks fascinating! I love food Halls – it kinda reminds me of Budapests big food hall too ❤️ Great tips!
    Bee |

  • Great post ! I do not live far from Borough market so I go there quite often with my bf . Its one of my fav place to go but I have to say it can get very busy (which I can’t cope with as I suffer from anxiety) at time so my advice its to go there very early 🙂

    • Yep. That’s why I mentioned it be slightly less busy on weekdays. Thursday morning seems to be the safest bet, in my experience! x

      • I never been there on Thursday morning ! Thanks for teh tip 🙂

        • All bets are off around Christmas time though, when every market gets so crowded that no one can move – avoid, avoid, avoid! xx

          • ok I ‘ll avoid for now and wait early next year 🙂 xx

  • I adore Borough Market! I miss it massively since we moved from South London 🙁 Monmouth and the hog roast place were always our go-to places too. Top tip for avoiding Monmouth queues – if you want to buy beans there is a separate queue (always shorter) and you can get your coffee from that counter too (we always bought beans – big coffee drinkers!)

    • You must get so lucky! We always buy beans and grind them at home to but I’ve still always queued. Ha maybe I’m just picking the absolute worst times to make coffee runs! The only things I’d change about Monmouth would be that I’d love for it to be open on Sundays! xx

      • Oh no! We are early birds to be fair, either that or the gods of coffee are smiling on us! Yes yes to Sunday openings too – Sunday is the perfect day for coffee!

        • Hs, it must be your early bird ways. I’m not a morning person 😉 My punishment is queues. xx

  • Can’t beat a good set of market photos – I’m so hungry now!
    I think I’ve been to Borough Market more times now I’ve left London than when I lived there, I nabbed some cracking baklava last time. So great for a mooch.
    M x

    • Ah the stand that just does baklava? So good. I got some amazing pistachio baklava there once…..mmmm…. x

  • Gahh I love Borough…. The Scotchtails stall do the best scotch eggs, worth the nearly £5 a pop price tag…I’ve never been patient enough to wait out the queue for Monmouth but one day I’ll get there when it’s not a madhouse!

    • The price always put me off, but if you say that the scots eggs are worth it, I might give it a go next time. The Monmouth in Seven Dials usually has a shorter wait if you want it’s tastiness without battling Borough Market crowds. x

      • The price tag is a bit silly but I go back evvvery time because they’re just too good to resist. Oooh good to know! I think coffee is the hardest thing in the world to queue for because when I want coffee, I WANT IT NOW 😉

  • I don’t know why I never explored this market!

  • sophie warner

    I’ve got such a soft spot for Borough too and completely agree with the mid-week tip. It’s insane at the weekend! I love the chorizo rolls – so delicious!

    • I’d eat chorizo in pretty much anything 😉 It’s so much more relaxing and fun on the weekdays, even if it’s only squeezing in a lunch break visit! x

  • I love Borough Market. I went last year when I was in London and if I Lived there I’d go every weekend. I had an oyster and it was delicious! 🙂

    • If I had lots of money, I’d definitely treat myself to some delights from Borough Market at least once a week! 😀 xx

      • Yes, unfortunately there’s always a money situation involved 🙁 Can’t wait for payday!

  • Borough Market is so fabulous! My old law school is right around the corner from it, so I was always far too tempted to spend far too much money on market treats! I remember we’d all head to the market on breaks from lectures and get some mulled wine! The brownies are fabulous too. xxx

    • That’s amazing! Both times Sam was in shows at the National, I killed a lot of time wandering around the market ;D x

  • thegrownupgapyear.wordpress

    Borough Market is one of my favourite places in London and I agree with you about Monmouth coffee – it’s worth the queue!

    • So worth it! And I love that Bridget Jones’ old flat in the films is the one over the Globe. Best flat location in the world! x

  • This looks A-MAZING!! Last time I was in London I wandered through on a Sunday and it was all shut up, it’s on my list to go back next time when it’s open xx

  • I would go to Borough Market for Richard Haward oysters alone! Yum!

    And I also love cheese from Une Normande a Londres and the ubriaco from the Drunken Cheese stall!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

  • I work right next to Borough Market so go WAY too often, it is one of my favourite places in London to grab a drink and people watch.

  • Ah, I love Borough Market! Wish I’d live in London, so I could head there each week! I’ve obviously only ever visited as a tourist, but I have fond memories of both the stand that sells these giant chocolate chip cookies and another one (totally forgot the name, but it’s where all the street food stands are!) that made some killer Gyoza dumplings! 🙂

  • I love these kind of markets!

  • Aahhh amazing, thank you for this! I still have to go to Borough Market so I’m going to try to hit a few of these next week 🙂

  • Confession, I’ve never been to Borough Market! Bookmarking this for my next trip!

  • Ashley Angle

    Looks like an awesome market with lots of great choices!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  • When I was in London last – gosh forever ago now but whatever – I passed by on Saturday with Marcella and it was amazing, despite being mobbed! We bought delicious veggie stuff from the Veggie Table and then some cakes at some other stall. It was so delicious! I definitely would love to see it during a weekday – to actually see it lol