15.10.14

Hiding From the Rain in Borough Market


























As October creeped up on us so did the rain that had been all but absent from September. In England we have this amazing ability to consider any period of consistent weather as 'the norm', being surprised and rather cross when it decides to change on us. Unfortunately, this tends to happen three times a week and yet we're still not reconciled with this fact.

Despite consistent rain every day since I've moved to London I still held hope for crisp, autumn sunshine. I got it too, as just when the train pulled into Waterloo and I walked past the Southbank the sun began to filter through the trees and I soon spotted my old university housemate of four years running towards me grinning. We'd planned a rendezvous due to our both being in the same county for once, her hailing from Devon and me Norfolk.




























Alas, I'd forgotten that rain had become a firm feature of the London skyline, so in line with tradition, was decidedly surprised and a little perturbed that it decided to tip it down as we approached Borough Market.


























We didn't need an excuse to head inside and plan a meticulous route around the stalls in order to try samples of everything on offer! It is a nibblers paradise and everything is excellent. 16 month matured cheese from the West Country, mushroom pate from Yorkshire, olive oil from Croatia and cured ham from Milano. We tried it all.


























If I could take one of every autumn squash home, I would. The commuter train to South West London didn't agree with me there, unfortunately.


























Borough Market has this strangely non-discordant atmosphere of constant urban activity and enduring rustic charm. It's a sprawling farm shop under a train track, a taste of home in the shadow of skyscraper.


























It's earthy and ornamented, but I like it that way. Expensive compared to the proper farm shops from home but the quality is truly amazing and your taste buds will thank you for it. I can't explain how much I wanted to take one of those pumpkins home!


























After eating the biggest peking duck wrap I have ever come across followed by a deliciously sweet baklava for pudding we wandered around, leaving no stall unvisited. Chatting and nibbling with Alex on the hunt for a pint of warm, spicy cider, we whiled away the afternoon.


























Little birds have made a home of the ivy growing up into the rafters and their songs are just loud enough to disguise the noisy taxis and buses outside.


























Well fed they are too, they shared our lunch!

Before I came to London I heard so much about the amazing markets and loved visiting Borough Market myself. Next on the list is Portobello Market. I've heard tales of some amazing middle-eastern jewellery stands...

Have you been to any good markets recently? I think I need some more to add to the list...


11 comments:

  1. I love Portobello Market, you'll have to make time to go in the future! But I think all the food at Borough Market makes it the winner in the London market competition for me.

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    1. Oh definitely! It's a foodie paradise! Portobello Market is next, I feel like you don't have to look so cool when walking around compared to Camden Market!
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  2. I love Borough market - I always end up stuffed - they have a great scotch egg stand too. I really like spitalfields market, it always has lots to wander round. I really like broadway market as well but it is a bit of a pain to get to from Southwest! x

    Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Ooo Spitalfields and Broadway are ones to add to the list - I'd forgotten about those! x

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  3. Borough market is definitely one of the places I want to go on my next trip to London, whenever that might be! Only market I have been to that I can remember, in London was Greenwich

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    1. Starting to conduct a 'food tour' in my head with all these market suggestions. Borough is so easy to get to if you're visiting - it's right underneath London Bridge station :) x

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  4. I LOVE Borough Market! A wonderful place to 'hide from the rain' in my opinion!

    Have you ever had one of those amazing grilled cheese sandwiches? Out of this world. I wrote a little bit about it in a post earlier this year.

    Miss that place.

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    1. I saw them and mentally bookmarked the stall for the next visit! I'll check out your post :)
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  5. I lost myself in markets like this one! I love them, they're usually so cute and cosy and everyone's happy! Also loved these photos. Borough Market seems to be wonderful, especially in Autumn! xx,Jo

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    1. Everyone seems to be such foodies in places like that so you don't feel out of place nibbling on everything!
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  6. I'm planning a trip to Borough Market tomorrow because I cannot believe I have never been and your photos have made me even keener to get myself down there! I went to Spitalfields Market not long ago which is always good for a wander round but Borough Market will clearly trump it for food, excited!

    www.racheltrieslife.com

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