Eat Your Heart Out: The Borough Market

I'm not exactly sure how I first heard about the Borough Market.

I think I remember reading about it in some foodie's column
recounting his recent visit to London.

Regardless of what inspired the initial visit,
I've been a huge advocate/fan/fat kid 
for the kid ever since.

Tucked under the arches of old bridges 
just off *the* bridge of London
(London Bridge, obviously)
sits the Borough Market.

I could geek out and tell you all about
it's prominent history in London's Southwark borough
for hundreds of years.

(I'll save that for my student groups though.)

Instead, I'm just going to let the pictures do the talking for me....

A few items of note for your visit...
since, I am forcing you to go when you come to London.

Yes, forcing you.

Which, as author/monarch of this blog, I'm allowed to do.

1. Eat a chorizo sandwich from Brindisa. 
The stand is across from Monmouth Coffee.
If you can't find it, 
ask any employee. 

They'll point you in the right way.

One toasted warm bun drizzled in olive oil 
+ spicy chorizo straight off the grill
+ a roasted piquillo pepper
+ a bed of rocket/arugula
 _______________________________  =


We pretty much bring all of our out of town visitors here
because it's such a hit.

We force the chorizo on them, too...
and they have yet to not love it.

Another crowd favorites is ROAST,
a stand that sells meaty sandwiches.

The lunch line is made up of about 92% dudes in suits
waiting for their hot pork belly smothered in bramley apple sauce.

It's often seen in food shows- 
I think Mr. Bourdain visited there, if I remember correctly.



Full Market Days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Lunch Only (10-3) : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

*all images original to Aspiring Kennedy


  1. Ooh I love Borough Market but always struggle to choose what to eat and inevitably leave with food-envy/frustration that I didn't try something I saw later on - but now you've solved that for me and I'll be ordering as per instruction! x

  2. i LOVE borough markets! my bestie lived there for a while and it was always our go-to on a saturday! lovely photos. x

  3. Not even exaggerating at all, Borough Market is #1 on my to do list for London - it even takes precedence over Kate's crib (I never thought anything would precedence over that...) - and also, the look on Viola's face - ha, she looks like she's really regretting not being able to taste that chorizo sandwich yet! All in good time, girlfriend...

  4. Its been YEARS! Pre-children actually since I've been to Borough Market. YOu got so amazing photos everything looks so fresh and vibrant. Did you have brownies?

  5. The Borough Market is one of my many "happy places" in London. We have been numerous times now since I just can't seem to get enough of it. It is one of the destinations we show everyone when we have visitors come to stay with us in London. We have not tried the chorizo sandwich at Brindisa's and I know from your description that we would LOVE it ~ so now I feel that another visit is in order some time soon.
    Thanks for the suggestions!

  6. Ahhh I love Borough Market. So many tasters...

  7. The chorizo sandwich is AMAZING. Out of all the things I miss most about London, I think those sandwiches are at the top of the list.

  8. Three times in London and I still haven't got around to go, next time it wil be a mandatory stop, thanks for the chorizo suggestion, it won't be forgotten!!
    Your students groups are SO LUCKY!

  9. Oh, Borough Market. One of my absolute favorite spots in London. The chorizo sandwich, the grilled cheese, and the coffee at Monmouth Coffee (the best anywhere). Lovely photos and thanks for the fun reminder.

  10. Looks like I need a return trip just to get in this and all the other local places I missed in June!! And, little miss Lady Vi is looking be a-u-ti-ful!!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  11. when I want to throw the best dinner party ever, I go to Borough Market and stock up at Neal's Yard Dairy and the Ginger Pig! all the samples in the stalls make a perfect lunch :)

  12. I was sold at the white sangria in a to-go cup....

  13. My brother-in-law and his family used to live in Hampstead, and he took us to Borough Market on our first trip to London back in December 2010. Christmastime, borough market, oysters and tons of snacks, it was glorious!

  14. What a lovely post! When I went to London last year I was looking for a unique informative tour type thing (bus? walking? I couldn't decide!) and happened upon this tour with Fat Tire Bikes ( <-- for those interested) which sold me instantly because of Borough Market. It was incredible and one of the highlights of my 8 day trip. I even went several times. The atmosphere is a perfect mix of lively and down to earth. A place I'd imagine myself going often if I was a local. Your pictures have done a great job of showing that mix. Thanks for writing this and bringing back such happy memories :)


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