Although I am close to London when I am at university, life often gets in the way and I am usually only in London if I am working, or passing through to get to somewhere else. Visiting Borough market has been on my ‘London to do list’ for some time and now I can finally say (yes, I am late to the party!) it is ticked off after me and David visited London for a little mid-week getaway for my birthday.
The idea to go to London for my 22nd came about after I decided I wanted to have a little get-together with my besties for my birthday. As any twenty something will relate, trying to arrange a time when all of your closest friends can be together is a rarity, especially if said besties live in separate parts of the country. Luckily, the date I picked for a belated birthday meal was available for nearly everyone (my friend Hannah was in New York, lucky duck!) so as that was a go ahead, I had some serious itinerary planning to do.
We only had limited time, but Borough market made the final cut as I have heard such good things about it. As we went mid-week the market wasn’t as big as it usually is on a Friday or Saturday, but there was still plenty for us to explore. After hearing time and time again how busy it can get, we decided to head there early morning and eat slightly earlier than usual (about 11:30am) so we wouldn’t be waiting in long queues. In the indoor section there is a lot of fresh produce available; fruits, vegetables, meats and fish – as well as amazing bakery stalls, cheese stalls and typical ‘farmers market’ type stalls selling items such as honey, spices, chutneys etc. I only bought one item (pomegranate molasses) as everything was quite pricey however the quality looked incredible and if I had unlimited money (corr, isn’t that the dream) I could of happily spent a small fortune. While not everything available was suitable for me (stupid dairy intolerance!), there was still a lot of choice available and I wasn’t stuck for lunch options, something that may sound bizarre to anyone who lives in a city, however as I live in the Devon countryside more than one choice is considered a luxury.
After we filled our bellies (I had a Lebanese hummus dish, while Dave went for a hog roll), we decided to take a stroll along the Thames to walk off the carb coma. We were blessed with a beautiful day, making Tower Bridge, the Shard and St Pauls that much more impressive. If I am ever in London on a Friday I’d love to return to Borough market to see what more is available (I dont think I could ever possibly cope with it on a Saturday!), so perhaps I’d better start saving my pennies now.