London Reviews

Exploring Borough Market in London

12th December 2014

This week I went back to one of London’s most beautiful and famous markets: Borough Market. It was a pleasure browsing the market halls on a week day, for a change! I have always been on Saturdays when Londoners and tourists visit en masse and it can be a bit tricky to move through the crowd and buying lunch from the street food stalls requires some queuing. Either way though it’s a beautiful place and if you have never been, then you must visit soon!

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My Instagram friend and fellow food blogger Asha of Fork Spoon Knife was in London visiting from the States, so we decided to meet up for coffee at Monmouth and for a walk in the market.

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Obviously you cannot visit Borough Market without stopping at Bread Ahead to buy doughnuts, so that’s exactly what we did! :)

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The main reason for our visit though was to meet one of the Borough Market’s marketing team to learn about the events they regularly organise in the Demo Kitchen and new Market Hall. They are currently organising an event taking place this Sunday 14th December, which I am happy to promote: Tom Hunt’s Feast of the Seven Fishes.

The Feast of 7 fishes is a traditional Italian christmas feast […] Tom will be representing 7 species of fish that will be caught using sustainable fishing methods from recommended healthy stocks. The banquet will be created using surplus fresh ingredients gathered at the end of the trading week, giving unwanted wonky vegetables, blemished fruits, wild, foraged ingredients and cuts of fish a new purpose. [Official Press Release]

Standard tickets cost £43, but you can get them with 20% discount using this promo code: GIULIAMULE20. 50% of the profits from ticket sales for this event will be donated to a food waste charity, Fareshare. The event will take place in the new Market Hall.

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After our visit, Asha and I had lunch at Elliot’s, a lovely cafe and restaurant which is part of the market.

Being based in the inspiring environment that is Borough Market, our menu is created using the diverse ingredients available and in season. We have a simple but mindful approach to our cooking that allows the ingredients to dictate the menu but to be prepared in such a way as to show them at their absolute best.

I had crab salad on toast with a side of cavolo nero, almonds and onions, while Asha had the lamb tongue.

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A stroll along the Southbank after lunch was beautiful, though quite cold this time of the year. I took these photos with my phone, just before dropping it because I couldn’t feel my hands anymore!

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I am definitely enjoying having the time to explore my city during the week and doing things I wouldn’t have had time to do when I had a full time job! :)

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