Instead of doing the traditional photo post for #FriFotos, whose theme this week is “for sale”, I decided to focus on my favorite market on the planet, namely Borough Market.
To me, it’s one of the handful of places that should absolutely be on any London itinerary, because it’s an interesting, different and super fun way to truly experience the city. Here are 5 reasons why I love Borough Market so much.
1. It’s a good way to avoid the rain
London is notorious for its heavy yearly rainfall – or dare I say it, shitty year round weather. Thick gray clouds fill the skies and threaten to spoil your day out and about. So before you adorn yourself with an ungodly plastic poncho, know that there are tons of things to do in London that do not require that level of ridicule. In comes Borough Market. It’s entirely covered to shield your feet from the rain, and so close to the tube station your hair won’t even have time to un-straighten.
2. It’s the ideal way to meet people
If you’re starting to feel lonely on your London vacation – don’t fret. Borough Market is filled with like-minded travelers, who are just as interested in food (or in my case, photography) as you are. Also, the market is super popular with Londoners from every neighborhood, who love to buy a few tasty products before heading home in the evening. Why not strike a conversation with the vendors, or discuss which loaf of artisan bread looks tastiest, or even ask your seat neighbor where he got his delicious-looking sandwich. You won’t be disappointed – Londoners are hardly as cold as their reputation precedes.
3. It’s a tasty way to get introduced to new flavors
If there’s one thing London is famous for, it’s its variety of flavors and influences. And Borough Market is the epitome of that. While you will get the classic meat pie, rare lagers and fish&chips stands (it is England after all), you will also find baklavas, curries, French cheeses and bratwurst, to name a few. It’s the ideal place to expand your taste range, and maximize your foodie experience in the city. Who said it was impossible to get a good meal in London?
4. It’s the perfect way to keep your budget on check
You are faced with two options: inexpensive, incredibly fresh and full of love products at Borough Market, or overpriced items they call food at Tesco’s. This may be slightly exaggerated, but it’s still pretty close to reality, and the choice is pretty easy if you ask me. Nothing will taste as good for as little than what you will get during a grocery shopping session at the market, especially if hone your haggling skills a little bit.
5. It’s the most fun way to feel like a true Londoner
If you have a holiday flat rental in London, this is the perfect opportunity to feel like a real local and cook the night away – just as long as you don’t end up with blue soup. Don’t hesitate to ask the vendors for recipes, or suggestions, they will be more than happy to help share their love of food!
Have you been to Borough Market before? What are your favorites photos of Borough Market? Do you enjoy visiting markets when you travel?