Borough Market, Foodie Heaven….
Just south of the river from the City across London Bridge, Borough Market is one of London’s most famous food markets and a foodie and gourmet heaven. Walking round here you get to see some amazing produce, not only from London but from around the world too. If you want to know where your food comes from, then just ask the stallholders, they produce the food themselves, so they know about the provenance and the quality, as they often bake, grow and rear the produce that they sell. There’s also food here that you just can’t get in our supermarkets, like the massive rounds of cheeses, the spicy salamis and the artisan breads and cakes. That’s why a lot of chefs and restauranteurs buy from here as the quality and availability is so good.
There are some really old streets round Borough Market, that go back to the days when the buildings were used as Warehouses to stock tons of goods from the boats on the river nearby.
The street below was used as a movie location where the Bridget Jones film was set.
The old warehouses of Pickfords Wharf have now been converted into glamorous loft style apartments. The remains of Winchester Palace, an English Heritage site, and one of the largest and most important buildings in all of medieval London still stands here. The Palace was built in the 13th century as a home to the Bishops of Winchester. It was mostly destroyed by fire in 1814 and the West Gable still stands with its magnificent rose window.
Pickfords Wharf is a lovely old street with the Clink Prison Museum and hanging skeleton at one end, and Sir Francis Drake’s boat The Golden Hind in dock at the other end.
The Golden Hind
Right next door to Borough Market is the lovely old Southwark Cathedral where people overspill into the grounds from the market and sit and eat