The area of Borough lies within the Borough of Southwark on the south bank of the River Thames. It’s a historic part of the capital, and its beating heart, Borough High Street, is one of the oldest roads in London. Of course, we can’t talk for long about Borough without mentioning its most famous landmark: Borough Market. The market dates back to around 1542, but might be even older. It has grown in stature in recent years, and is now the most established food market in London, attracting thousands of visitors and locals alike.
Borough is a fascinating area, rich in history, and is now one of the busiest and most vibrant parts of south London. In addition to its many galleries, theatres, museums, pubs and restaurants, there are also a wide variety of independent shops and eateries on offer. Here’s a handful of shops we recommend you visit:
Anyone for cheese? The Neil’s Yard Diary is London’s premier artisanal cheese retailer. Focusing mainly on British and Irish cheeses, the company selects, matures and sells cheese, working with around 40 cheesemakers. With three shops in London and an online store, you don’t have to venture over to Borough for their cheese, but their shop in Borough Market is a special place.
2. Bermondsey Fayre
Just down from Borough tube station, towards Bermondsey, is this gem of a boutique. This shop sells ‘beautiful things made with love’. It stocks locally-made clothing, jewellery, gifts, homewares, cards, accessories, and arts and crafts, supporting the work of independent artists and designers. They also host exhibitions, creative events, and yoga classes, so there’s a lot going on.
3. Elliot’s Café
This café in Borough Market has quite a crowd following. Show up on a Saturday for lunch, and it will be heaving. The menu changes with the seasons, and the food, cooked over a wood fired grill, is superb. The fresh ingredients are the star of the show, and are allowed to dictate the menu. There is also a wine list which consists solely of all-natural wines – the perfect accompaniment to the food.
4. Bedales of Borough
This independent wine merchants can be found on Bedale Street, though there are two other shops in London. Open every day of the week (though times vary), the staff really know their wine, so don’t be afraid to ask questions before buying. Bedales also runs a ‘Wine Workshop’, which allows attendees to taste and learn about wine. These are held every fortnight, and cost £35 – the ideal present for someone who loves their wine.
5. Nelson’s Sandwich Bar & Restaurant
A Borough High Street stalwart, this sandwich bar consistently receives rave reviews from locals and visitors alike. Only open on weekdays, its 7am opening time means that it is the perfect place for local workers to grab a spot of breakfast before work. This place is far from pretentious, and you can always rely on friendly service and tasty food. We recommend the breakfast omelette, and for lunch, the Salad Nicoise.
We’re really just scratching the surface here, so whether you live in Borough or are keen to move to the area, you’ll find plenty of interesting shops.
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