Borough Markets, London

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Borough Markets London

Borough Markets London

Fresh pasta made 15 hours ago

Borough Markets London

Various cheeses on offer

Borough Markets London

Mmmm sausages!

Borough Markets London

Various baked goods

The day after arriving, our first stop is here. We're taken by my sister's friend Candy who is an expat from America who has lived in London for 4 years. She shows us around Borough Markets, which are huge, much bigger than I ever envisaged. There are throngs of people everywhere. It seems that either half of London is on holiday or that the neighbouring offices house a great number of people that pour out into the markets every lunch time to wait in long queues to eat delicious home grown locally made produce.

Borough Markets London

Huge slabs of chocolate and truffles

Borough Markets London

Pick your own truffles

Borough Markets London

Nuts, dried fruit and chocolate coated goodies

Prices vary but on the whole they're generally at a premium. Most of the providores are artisans proud of their produce and there are many samples proffered to the waiting public in an attempt to seduce.

Borough Markets London

Huge mounds of butter

Borough Markets London

Slices of cakes, eclairs and strudels

Borough Markets London

_Delicious sounding jams

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Along with picture perfect fruit and vegetables, there are vividly coloured flowers and a range of seafood, some of which I've never seen before like the long cylindrical clams.

Borough Markets London

Wild things!

Borough Markets London

Seafood on offer

Borough Markets London

Huge lobsters

Borough Markets London

Big crabs with fat claws

Borough Markets London

Impressive mushroom medley

Borough Markets London

Different kinds of tomatoes

Borough Markets London

How perfect do these tubs of redcurrants look?

Borough Markets London

Even French food gets a look in

Borough Markets London

"Harry Potter No. # 3 filmed here" You didn't think I'd miss the chance for a Harry Potter moment?

There's even a sign near the pub saying that a scene from Harry Potter was filmed here-one look at the pub and you can definitely see that it could have been.

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Free range Basque Pig Salami

Enough of this browsing, we're ready to eat and it seems so are most of the markets as the queues stretch out long for most of the hot food. We tried to get a table at Tapas Brindisa to no avail so we settle with one of their Chorizo rolls (a double with two sausages £4.75). I line up at another stand whose name escapes me, just look for the queue, and get a roll filled with Wild Boar sausage and a Devils on Horseback roll filled with cumberland sausages wrapped in bacon and prunes (both £4.00 for large £3 for small). The Wild Boar sausage was guaranteed at least 90% meat which is a refreshing change for English sausages from what we've seen on The F Word.

Borough Markets London

Brindisa's stall-for those who can't get a table at the restaurant, which is... everyone

Borough Markets London Chorizo roll

Brindisa's Chorizo roll (double sized) £4.75

The chorizo roll is small-ish although the double amount of chorizo is good for chorizo lovers like me. It's a good sausage although I feel as though something is missing from the roll. My husband and Candy however are thoroughly impressed by it.

Borough Markets London Devils on horseback

Devils on Horseback roll £ 4

The Devils on Horseback roll with cumberland sausage wrapped in bacon and prunes is very good and absolutely enormous filled with caramelised onions and salad. The roll however is very floury and we find ourselves leaving the roll behind and eating the filling.

Borough Markets London Wild boar sausage

Wild Boar sausage roll £4

The Wild Boar sausage on a roll, also filled with onions and salad is a strongly flavoured and very meaty as promised. Adding a cranberry sauce to it helps to sweeten it and ease off the intense edge off it.

We dust the flour off our face and hands, stomachs full of all sorts of exotic goodies.

Borough Markets

Southwark Street London SE1 1TL

In front of London Bridge subway station, use "Borough High Street" exit.

http://www.boroughmarket.org.uk/

Thursdays: 11am - 5pm

Fridays: 12pm - 6pm

Saturdays: 9am - 4pm