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Food Guide to the London Borough Market

London, England is no stranger to us – in fact, we’re on a first-name basis. We love the food, the energy, and the afternoon tea. Simply put, we love London-town. 

Of all the food markets in little old London – there is one that sticks out like a sore thumb. If you haven’t already guessed by the bold title associated with this post– it’s none other than the Borough Market. This market has been around for over a thousand years – making it the oldest food market in town. 

Why not appease your taste buds?

Be warned, you’re going to find yourself trying to satisfy cravings that you didn’t even know you had. On a food spectrum, the tastes range travels in all sorts of directions – from savory, salty, spicy, and sweet. There is no one thing to settle on – so go hungry (better yet starve) and indulge yourself in some delicious luxuries. 

Seafood – let’s start there!

The choices are endless – there’s a whole ton of fresh seafood options, and you might find yourself stuck on what to order. If you find yourself stuck, start with the oysters at the Furness Fish – Oyster Bar. It may not be for everybody, but it’s just got this addictive element that can’t be passed up.

There are heaps of freshly made warm paella, fried/grilled and breaded seafood, fresh fish, crab, shrimp, and sea urchins – to name a few. Pick any one item or all of them (we won’t judge). 

heaps of oysters with signs for the price alond with lobster in ice

How about something a tad more British?

We tried the chicken of Aragon with cheese and gravy at Pieminister. The pie was warm and flaky, while the chicken filling was creamy and savory. The combination of the gravy and the pie was so insanely delicious that even thinking about it makes our mouths water. 

hand holding a black box container with pie in it
£5 for pie and gravy

The generous servings of pie are filled with a few choices of meat or vegetables, topped with gravy, or your choice of a side. Pieminister has been around since 2003 and offers up at least ten different delicious pies, each with its own kick! 

different types of savory baked pies stacked on top of each other in rows inside a glass counter

We tried our luck with traditional pork scotch eggs at Scotchtails. It was crispy on the outside with a lovely soft creamy yolk filling on the inside. Our first time trying scotch eggs, and it did not disappoint – a definite thumbs up from us!

a brown hand holding a white container with two halves of eggs insides brown meat which is sitting on top of a green salad with some ketchup to the right corner of the white container
£5.50 for scotch eggs

We also tried Argentinian street food at Portena. We tried their tasty empanadas with a savory meat filling that oozes out at every bite. Oh no, we didn’t stop there. We would be doing you a disservice if we didn’t tell you to try the duck confit wrap at Le Marche du Quartier for £8. This was the first time we had duck, and let’s just say it certainly wasnt the last time. 

BUT WAIT, one last thing – a very important last thing. Dessert! OMG – where do we even begin? There are tarts, cakes, cupcakes, scones, pastries, cookies, and even brownies (not the fun kind, but it’ll do). If you’re feeling a bit cheeky, tempt yourself with Khanom Krok (Thai coconut pancakes) at Khanom Krok and then finish off with a beloved British staple – Victoria sponge cake.  

a polka-dot table with 3 cakes and a few cupcakes displayed on top. one chocolate cake, one white cake with chocolate sauce and one baked brown cake with white filling and red sprinkles on top of it

Don’t forget to wash everything down with sangria in the warmer months and mulled wine in the colder months. There are non-alcoholic options available if you’re not hard alcoholics like us (just kidding, but not really). 

one clear bucket filled with red sangria, strawberries and leaves sitting on top of a barrel with sliced lemons next to another clear bucket with maroon sangria with chopped lemon slices sitting on top of a brown table with lemons halves

The options are endless, so ensure your first decision of the day is to put on your favorite pair of extra stretchy pants and waltz your way to the Borough Market. Your tummy will thank you for it!

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Borough Market is open Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays. Opening Times vary. Located at 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, United Kingdom. Website: https://boroughmarket.org.uk/

The market also offers a range of products from poultry, cheese, vegetables, spices and all types of bread to fulfill your grocery needs.

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