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Borough Market Preview

November 18, 2011

“Borough Market is London’s most renowned food market; a source of exceptional British and international produce.”

borough market entrance London

It’s suggested, for over 1000 years London Bridge has attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. In the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since.

Tomorrow Tom and I will begin our series of foodie events in the build up to the end of One Chicken Nugget. During this exploration we’re looking to meet, listen and talk to the unique breed of people who all share a common passion for food.

Borough Market is the first of three main events (the second is BBC’s Winter Good Food Show and the third is the Christmas Markets of Cologne).

So what does Borough Market have to offer? Well I’ve been talking to regular market goers this week in person, on twitter and on trip advisor and most Londoners say the market is as iconic to the City as Big Ben, Tate, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.

One Tripadvisor says:

“If you like food & drink, this place is a must. All manner of food available, with many many different cuisines to choose from. The only possible downside is that it is very busy, but that is down to the markets success.”

Another claims:

“I live in London and pay regular visits to Borough Market. One thing to note is that if you arrive too early 8-9am the stalls are just setting up. Aim to get there around 10am just before all the crowds. This market is heaving by 11.30am so be warned. Have a good wander around all the stalls many of them will let you try what they are selling. Especially good for Olives, Rustic Bread and Cakes. Dont forget to take a wander around the little streets outside as there are some fantastic small food shops. Then when finished take a walk around the back of the market and it brings you out at the southbank where you can take a walk past all the street entertainers all the way back up towards the London Eye passing the Tate Modern. A great day out but take good walking shoes.”

Tomorrow evening we’ll be able to add our outlandish thoughts too.

Eaten Today:

06.30 Toast
08.30 Grapes & Clementine
11.20 Toast
13.30 Large Chicken Burrito followed by a Clementine
20.30 Beef Stew followed by some chocolates

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