Borough, located at the gateway to the City of London on the Southbank of the Thames, has attracted food and livestock traders for over 1000 years.
An organised market since the 13th century Borough Market was London’s largest and most historic fruit and vegetable markets.
The present 1860’s market building is behind Southwark Cathedral, underneath the main Southern Railway arches and viaducts. During the 19th century the Pool of London was landing most of London’s produce, with the surrounding Wharf’s in constant use Borough Market was a hive of activity.
The Art Deco Southwark Street entrance was added in the 1930’s and the South entrance, updated in 2004, was taken from old Covent Garden Floral Hall Portico.
Used by wholesalers during the early hours of each weekday morning, it opens up during the day at the end of the week into one of London’s most popular and exciting retail markets selling high quality produce from around the Britain and Europe.
The retail market now attracts over 100 individual stall holders and traders with many of them making, growing or rearing the produce they sell. Some have traded there for over 30 years and others sell hot cooked foods.
With the surrounding cafes restaurant and pubs, the market is popular with locals, other Londoners and tourists.
Borough market and surrounding streets and wharfs have been used as a film set location on many occasions, including for the blockbuster films; Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Bridget Jones's Diary and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.
The market itself is popular with TV chefs and there are often food demonstrations, events and promotions.
Borough Market includes the newly covered Jubilee Market and the Green Market.