BOROUGH MARKET is rich with history, but it remains as relevant now as it has ever been. As London’s oldest food market, it has been serving the people of Southwark for 1,000 years, and that extraordinary heritage is an important part of its appeal.

But this is not a museum piece—it is a dynamic, ever-changing institution; a participant in the wider debates around what we eat and where it comes from; a place where food is talked about almost as enthusiastically as it is consumed.

First and foremost, though, it is a source of genuinely exceptional produce. Many of the Market’s stallholders are themselves producers: the farmer who reared the animal, the fisherman who caught the fish, the baker who baked the bread. Other traders have built their reputations on seeking out small-scale artisan producers and bringing their wares to Borough. Together, the Market’s stalls, shops and restaurants reflect London’s status as a truly global city, with traditional British produce sitting alongside regional specialities from around the world.

Borough Market is a riot of colours, smells and human engagement. The traders—a vast repository of culinary knowledge—are only too happy to share their expertise with shoppers, or else just pass the time of day. Their voices are added to by the chefs, food writers, campaigners and teachers who help make the Market’s cookery demonstrations, publications, public debates and educational programmes so highly regarded.

Slow Food

Slow Food is a worldwide movement that supports a low impact approach to food production, with an emphasis on localised traditions and customs. Its philosophy closely mirrors that of Borough Market, and in recent years the ties between these two organisations have become increasingly close.

The Market is filled with traders whose approach to producing or sourcing has gained them official accreditation from Slow Food UK. Many of the products sold here have also been recognised by Slow Food as distinctive local foodstuffs whose survival would be at risk if it weren’t for a small number of artisans working hard to keep them relevant.

Environmental Impact

The Market’s approach to waste goes much further than the usual environmental platitudes. Its mission is to put every leftover piece of food or packaging to the best possible use—to see raw materials where others see refuse.

None of the Market’s rubbish goes to landfill. All cardboard, paper, plastic, glass or wood is recycled. Borough’s participation in the FoodSave scheme run by the charity Plan Zheroes means that surplus produce from many of the stalls ends up being distributed to local charities, rather than being thrown in the bin. All remaining food waste, around 8,640 litres per week, is sent to an anaerobic digestion plant—a facility that uses microorganisms to break down organic material and turn it into power, fertiliser and water.

Every single piece of packaging provided by our traders aims to be bio-degradable and compostable: bags, pots, plates, cups and every piece of cutlery. Market Life magazine is carbon neutral and produced on 100% recycled stock.

These simple measures, together with the use of low energy lighting and the collection of rainwater to feed the plants in the Market Hall, all make a difference, but they are only a small part of a bigger picture. As the country’s highest profile food market, Borough has a platform to promote alternatives to mainstream methods of food production and consumption that can make a real difference to the planet.

For producers, this means using methods that value quality and sustainability over profit. For consumers, it means eating with the seasons, questioning the provenance of ingredients, favouring pasture-fed meat, prizing meat and fish as items of value rather than everyday staples, buying only what’s needed and eating every bit of it.

Traders:

Alpine Deli – Charcuterie from South Tyrol
Alsop & Walker – East Sussex cheesemakers
Applebee’s Fish – Fishmongers and cafe
Arabica Bar & Kitchen – Levantine-inspired food
Artisan du Chocolat – Exquisite chocolates
Artisan Foods – Handmade cakes and pastries

Balkan Bites – Vegetarian pastries
Bath Soft Cheese Co – Cheeses from Park Farm
Bedales of Borough – Wine bar and shop
Bianca Mora – Specialities of Emilia Romagna
Big V London – Simple but flavoursome vegan fare
Blackwoods Cheese Company – Brockley-based cow’s milk cheese
Borough Cheese Company – Specialist cheese importers
Borough Kitchen – High quality kitchen tools and tableware
Borough Olives – Olives and Mediterranean products
Borough Wines – Handpicked wines from France and beyond
Bread Ahead Bakery & School – Bakery and baking school
Brindisa – Spanish food importers
Brindisa Kitchen – Spanish tapas, with ingredients sourced from trusted producers
Butter Nut of London – Handmade nut butters

Cannon & Cannon – Purveyors of British charcuterie
Cartwright Brothers Vintners Ltd – Family-run wine merchants
Change Please – A joint project between Old Spike Roastery and The Big Issue
Chegworth Valley – Fresh produce from Kent
Chez Michèle – Seasonal flowers, plants and bouquets
Comptoir Gourmand – French-style cakes and pastries
Cumbrian Speciality Meats – Traditional and rare breed meats

De Calabria – Food from Calabria, southern Italy
De la Grenade – Traditional Grenadian products
De Luca London Mozzarella and Co – Organic Italian cheeses made in Wiltshire

East London Liquor Company – Handcrafted spirits from east London
Elliot’s – Cafe serving simple seasonal fare
Elsey & Bent – Beautifully displayed fruit and vegetables
Ethiopian Flavours – Authentic Ethiopian dishes
Exotic Meat Co – Ostrich from Nottinghamshire, plus a host of other unusual meats

Feng Sushi – Seasonal, sustainably-sourced sushi
Fish! Restaurant – Fresh simple seafood
Fitz Fine Foods – Foraged fare and handmade condiments
Flat Cap Coffee Co – High quality coffee from a north London roastery
Food & Forest – Sustainably sourced sweet and savoury nuts
From Field and Flower – Raw honey, rice and flour
Furness Fish Markets – Seasonal fish, game and poultry

Gastronomica – Importers of high quality Italian food
Gelateria 3BIS – Traditional Italian gelato
German Deli – Authentic German dishes
Ginger Pig – Free-range British meat
Gorwydd Caerphilly – Traditional cheese from a family of cheesemakers
Gourmet Goat – Eastern Mediterranean-influenced dishes made with kid goat meat
Greedy Goat – Natural goat’s milk ice cream
Grovers Wholesale – Wholesale fruit and veg
Gujarati Rasoi – Vegetarian food from Gujurat, India

Heritage Cheese – Traditional British cheeses
Hobbs Barbers – A traditional barber shop
Hobbs Meat Roast – Slow-cooked meat baguettes
Hook & Son – Raw milk and dairy products
Horn Ok Please – Indian vegetarian street food

Ion Patisserie – Homemade cakes, tarts and cheesecakes

Jock Stark & Son – Seasonal fruit and veg from home and abroad
Jumi Cheese – Cheeses from the Emmental region of Switzerland

Kappacasein – Extraordinary raclette, using cheese from Bermondsey
Kappacasein cheese stall – Raw cow’s milk cheeses from Bermondsey
Karaway Bakery – Specialists in rye bread
Khanom Krok – Authentic Thai street food
Konditor & Cook – Bread, cakes, pies and pastries

La Tua Pasta – Fresh handmade Italian pasta and gnocchi
L’ailOlive – Garlic and chilli-focused dishes from the Orient
L’Ubriaco Drunk Cheese – Wine and beer-soaked Italian cheeses
Le Marché du Quartier – French food and wine
Local Honey Man – Raw honey ethically produced in London
Luminary Bakery – Selection of tray bakes, cookies and cakes

Maria’s Market Cafe – Cafe serving hearty English breakfast
Mini Magoo – Handmade organic breakfast cereals
MiniCrops – Microgreens and herbs grown sustainably in Deptford
Monmouth Coffee Company – Specialist coffee retailer and cafe
Mons Cheesemongers – Specialist French and Swiss cheese
Mountain’s Boston Sausage – All things Lincolnshire sausage
Mrs King’s Pork Pies – Famed Melton Mowbray pork pies

Nana Fanny’s – Salt beef beigels and falafel wraps
Neal’s Yard Remedies – Skincare, beauty products and natural herb-based remedies
Neal’s Yard Dairy – British cheeses from specialist cheesemakers
nibs etc. – Granola, cakes and crackers handmade with leftover fruit and veg pulp
Northfield Farm – Meat from a family-run farm on the Rutland-Leicestershire border

Oak & Smoke – Arbroath smoked fish products
Oliveology – Organic olive products from Sparta, Greece
Olivier’s Bakery – Bread and pastries, baked in Bermondsey
Organic Life – Specialist Sri Lankan tea

Padella – Freshly-made pasta in a stylish setting
Paul Crane – Fresh fruit and vegetables
Paul Wheeler Fresh Supplies – Colourful displays of fresh produce
Pâté Moi – Handmade organic mushroom pâté

Pieminister – Hot pies made with fresh, responsibly sourced ingredients
Pimento Hill – Jamaican sauces, jellies and seasonings
Porteña – Argentine treats and street food

Rabot 1745 – Restaurant, bar and shop is dedicated to cocoa
Rhug Estate – Welsh farm produce
Richard Bramble Collection – Neatifully decorated ceramics, homewares and textiles

Richard Haward’s Oysters – Seventh generation oystermen
Roast – Beautiful roast meats, fresh fish and seasonal game
Roast Hog – Tuscan porchetta-inspired spit roast hog
Roast to Go – Hot butties and roast meat sandwiches
Rosebud Preserves – Naturally set jams

Scotchtails – The humble scotch egg, lovingly reinvented
Shellseekers Fish & Game – Fish, hand-dived scallops and venison from Dorset
So Chocolicious – Imaginative truffles and chocolates
Soul Food – A taste of the Caribbean
Spice Mountain – A panoply of herbs, spices and blends
Sussex Fish – Fresh fish from an in-shore fishery
Sweet Roots – Liquorice and liquorice products from Calabria, Italy

Tartufaia – Italian and Australian truffles and truffle-based products
Taste Croatia – High quality Croatian fare
Tea2You – Specialist teas from north-east India
Ted’s Veg – Home-grown vegetables and salad from Lincolnshire
Temptings – Punjabi-inspired chutneys and pickles
The Cider House – Cider and perry from the New Forest and beyond
The Cinnamon Tree Bakery – Beautifully decorated, handmade biscuits
The Colombian Coffee Company – Social enterprise offering single origin coffee varietals from Colombia
The Flour Station – Artisan sourdough breads, cakes and pastries
The Free From Bakehouse – Gluten, wheat and dairy free cakes and pastries
The French Comte – Fine French cheese and charcuterie
The Gated Garden – Flowers, plants and garden ornaments
The Globe Tavern – Modern British gastropub
The Ham and Cheese Company – French and Italian cheese and charcuterie
The Natural Smoothie Co – Fresh fruit smoothies
The Olive Oil Co – Importers of specialist Italian oils and vinegars
The Parma Ham and Mozzarella Stand – Regional cured meats and cheeses from Italy
The Rake – Speciality beer bar
The Tomato Stall – Fresh tomatoes from the heart of the Isle of Wight
The Turkish Deli – Turkish produce and mezze counter
Total Organics – Juice bar
Turnips – High quality produce from Britain and beyond

Une Normande a Londres – French cheese and charcuterie specialists
Utobeer – Specialist beer shop

Whirld – Delicious handmade fudge and treats
Wild Beef – Rare-breed beef from Devon
Wiltshire Chilli Farm – Chilli-based sauces and seasonings made in Melksham
WOKIT – Asian-inspired noodle and rice dishes
Wright Brothers Oyster and Porter House – Oyster farmers and shellfish merchants
Wyndham House Poultry – Free range poultry products

Opening Hours

Monday

10am - 5pm

Tuesday

10am - 5pm

Wednesday

10am - 5pm

Thursday

10am - 5pm

Friday

10am - 6pm

Saturday

8am-5pm

Sunday

Closed

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