A Weekend at Borough Market
If you are a food lover and going to London, a visit to Borough Market on the weekend is a must. It's known as one of the worlds finest food markets and sells not only the best local foods but also a range of delicious international delicacies as well.
On the weekend, food lovers in London flock to Borough Market, the famous, scrumptious food destination nearLondon Bridge. First established when the Romans occupied the city and in its current location, which is in the south of the River Thames, the market has been a favorite stop for people hunting for special foods and delicacies, despite the relatively high prices.
Be prepared to experience a busy, noisy place bursting with people but full of wonderful products. The stalls generally offer meats, poultry, fish, cheese, jams, vegetables, and fruits as well as good value seasonal foods and processed foods like breads, pies, sausages, olive oil, pasta, cider, cakes, patisserie and condiments. The prices are generally high. People do realize, however, that they always get what the pay for.
Every type of food is available at this market from wide variety od sources. A lot of stalls will let potential buyers taste before the buy: and the vendors are friendly, knowledgeable and don't force people to buy. they are also passionate about their products.
There is a joke among Borough Market buyers that Borough Market is the place to go when doesn't have much money left good food as they will be able to eat a lot of food provided for tasting by many different vendors.
Borough market is probably not famous as Big Ben or Trafalgar Square for visitors from Indonesia as they commonly travel to London on group tours that normally do not include the market on the itinerary. As a matter of fact, Borough Market, which is located in the Southwark Area, is one of the well-known attractions in the capital.
Historically, the market was named " The Borough ", as it was the first borough in London, apart from the capital, to send representatives to Parliament. They sent their first member there in 1925. Borough market was established on its current site in 1754.
the market is comprised of several sections - Green Market, Crown Square, Jubilee Market and the main market. Apart from weekends, which are always packed with gourmet food hunters, the market focuses on the sale of wholesale fruit and vegetables and is busiest between 2 a.m and 9 a.m as hoteliers and greengrocers buy their goods from the traders there. There are also cafes and modern restaurants in the area.
The market, run as a charity by a board of trustees, supplies a discerning customer base both through retail trade on market days of Thursday, Friday and Saturday and through wholesale trade. According to the board, some 160 vendors come to the market every week from all over British Isles and farther to supply 4.8 million customers per year with high quality produce.
One of the unique things when visited the marked on the weekend was the stalls in the open air - area, which remaind us of similar group of kiosk packed with buyers at the dirty traditional and illegal markets in Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia. The area is just much cleaner not that wet compared to the traditional markets in Indonesia. But the typical market smell, especially that of food market, is really strong.
Prices at Borough Market are considered high even by locals. A small bottle of mustard, for example cost 6.95 pounds or about Rp. 115.000. Monkfish, a North Atlantic fish, cost 35 pounds ( approximately Rp. 600.000 ) per kilogram. while salmon costs 20 pounds ( some Rp. 340.000 ) per kilogram. many people may think the prices are high but some argue that that such prices are what they need to pay for healthy and quality foods.
When visiting Borough market, people can also go to several nearby interesting places like Southwark Cathedral, The London Dungeon, Tate of modern Art Galleries, Golden Hinde Educational Museum, Clink Prison Museum, Hay's galleria and Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition. The Millennium Bridge, the Tower Bridge Exhibition, Tower Bridge and the City Hall are also close to the market.