Spotlight on Borough Market

Borough Market lies at the gateway to south London, being spread out beneath the railway arches near the southern end of London Bridge, and sheltered by the Shard and the gothic tower of Southwark Cathedral. It is sort of a meeting point between the past and present of the city and is the best epitome of the city, with the River Thames just a few steps away. Located in Southwark, it is basically a wholesale and retail food market.

One of the Largest and Oldest Food Markets in London: Although presently Borough Market is the epicentre of London’s world-class food scenario, it is steeped in history that dates back several centuries as it has survived all types of violence that has befallen London ever since or even before the Norman invasion. It is more than 1,000 years old as it celebrated its 1,000th anniversary in 2014 that was based on an inkling provided by Snorri Sturluson, a medieval Icelandic poet and historian, in his works. The mention by Sturluson is in his account of Ethelred the Unready’s 1014 attack on London when the English throne was reclaimed by him from the Viking Canute. Sturluson made a mention of a great market town called Southwark being located on the other side of the river, while describing how Ethelred’s forces advanced into London. A market did exist close to the south end of London Bridge which was the only river crossing of the city even as late as the 18th century. Ever since that time, Borough Market has been steeped in history while having the George Inn which is one of London’s oldest pubs, at a stone’s throw distance and the Golden Hinde which was a reconstruction of the galleon that was used by Sir Francis Drake to go round the globe.

M by Montcalm London Tech City Hotel is located in one of the trendiest and chic areas of London which is ideal for visitors to London who wish to be in the midst of the hipster culture of London as well as enjoy luxurious accommodation and ideal facilities provided by the hotel along with pampering services.

History: The market claims to have existed since 1014. It was a successor to the one that was located next to the southern end of London Bridge and its first reference can be found in 1276. It was subsequently moved south of St Margaret’s church on the High Street. The market became a major trading point for fruit and vegetable wholesalers during the 19th century mainly because of its strategic location close to the Thameside. However, by the 1990s, substantial decline of the market took place because of the emergence of the New Covent Garden Market in nearby Vauxhall and the spread of supermarkets that limited the fruit and vegetable trade. A royal charter from Edward VI was issued to the City of London in 1550 to control all markets in Southwark and this order was confirmed by Charles II in 1871. However, the market was abolished in 1754 by an Act of Parliament because it was causing intense traffic congestion. As per the Act, the local parishioners were allowed to set up another market on a new site and accordingly, in 1756, the Borough Market started again on a 4.5 acre site in Rochester Yard. Gradually the market progressed and during the 19th century, it became one of the most important food markets in London due to its excellent location close to the riverside wharves of the Pool of London.

If you are planning to visit London, it would be best to book a room at one of The Montcalm Hotels as you will be able to enjoy luxurious stay in a well-appointed room with best facilities and bespoke amenities.

The market is visited by thousands of people, including tourists, enjoying gourmet food of different cuisines that is sold from more than one hundred shops, stalls and restaurants. You can also find some surviving working-class market traders who are still engaged in selling fruit and veg. For Londoners, it is a reliable destination for breakfast, lunch or for a drink on a night out. The people frequenting the market include city workers walking across the river for an after-hours drink, families having a great time on the South Bank, and staff on a break from nearby London Bridge hospital. Borough Market is probably the most popular market in London.

When to Visit: Presently, the retail market operates on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Getting to the Market: Tube: The nearest tube stations are London Bridge Tube Station (with underground lines Northern & Jubilee) which is 4 minutes from Borough Market; Borough Tube Station which is 6 minutes from the market; and Southwark Tube Station which is 12 minutes from the market.

Mainline Stations: The nearest mainline stations are London Bridge Railway Station which is 4 minutes away; London Road which is 15 minutes away and Waterloo Railway Station which is 19 minutes away.

Docklands Light Railway: The nearest DLR are Deptford Bridge which is 3.64 miles away from Borough Market; Greenwich which is 3.78 miles away and Cutty Sark which is 3.8 miles away.

There are signs marking the way to Borough Market in both the London Underground and mainline stations. Look for these signs before choosing an exit.

Bus: The closest bus stops are London Bridge (Routes 43, 141, 149, 521); Borough High Street (Routes 43, 141, 149, 521). There are bus stops at London Bridge, Borough High Street and Southwark Street, moments from the Market.

Bike Racks: Secure bike racks are available in Jubilee Place. The closest cycle hire docks are located at Southwark Street and Park Street. Car parking is available in Jubilee place and at numerous alternative car parks within a short walking distance of the market including Union Car Parks and Snowsfields NCP.

Did you like this? Share it:
Responses are currently closed, but you can trackback from your own site.

Comments are closed.