On a recent trip to London, I popped to Borough Market. I moved out of London in early December to work on the business and other projects down in Dorset full-time. It’s now really strange going back to London – that realization that however familiar everything is, I don’t live here any more.
Borough Market used to be a regular haunt of mine. I tended to stay away at the weekend when the market is often very crowded. My favourite time to visit actually, was for breakfast. Breakfast at Monmouth Coffee is one of my favourite pleasures in life. Great coffee with a simple tartine; beautiful fresh bread, proper butter and lovely jam – what better way start to the day? Either alone or with friends early before work, it is my favourite way to start the day in London. I love wandering through the market, down the steps by Southwark Catherdral, then strolling through the market, under the railway bridges, watching the stallholders set up against the deafening backdrop of the trains rumbling overhead into London Bridge station before emerging the other side of the market at Monmouth.
Borough is also a great place to bring visiting friends. There is so much to see and do, just mooching around the market can be a really fun afternoon, with a takeaway lunch in hand. I treasure these photos taken this summer with my wonderful friends Amy and Ursula who came to visit.
But as fun as that is, I do have serious reservations about Borough. It is a tourist trap. Although much of the produce sold there is very good, I feel that the market should showcase excellent produce, but should not have the tourist price tag attached. Yes, this is not true of all of the stalls. But I would love to be able to do all of my shopping there – something which is a pipe dream for me and many other people. Good food should be accessible to all, surely?
I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on this. Where do you shop for food? Do you have an excellent local market?
Please excuse the quality of the photos – taken with my iphone as I didn’t have my SLR in tow.