How to get there
One of the best things about these markets is their proximity to London Bridge Station, one of the main stations in central London. This makes the markets easily accessible and well-connected to major attractions and accommodations in central London. Additionally, several buses connect to London Bridge from various parts of London. Alternatively, you can take the train from Westminster or Waterloo and be just a short walk from the station.
Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TL, Opening Times: Monday to Friday 10 am – 5pm, Saturday 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. https://boroughmarket.org.uk/visit-us/
Annisa’s advice on Borough Market
If you’re planning a visit to Borough Market in London, here are some tips to make the most of your experience:
Go early: Borough Market gets very busy, particularly on Saturdays, so it’s a good idea to arrive early to avoid the crowds and long queues.
Bring cash: Although many vendors accept card payments, it’s a good idea to bring some cash with you, as some vendors may only accept cash.
Try the street food: Borough Market is famous for its delicious street food, with a wide variety of cuisines on offer. Be sure to try some of the tasty treats on offer.
Take a tour: If you’re interested in the history of the market and the surrounding area, consider taking a guided tour to learn more about the market’s fascinating past.
Explore the surrounding area: The area around Borough Market is full of interesting sights and attractions, so be sure to take some time to explore the surrounding streets, including Southwark Cathedral and The Shard.
By following these tips, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and delicious food at Borough Market.
If you’re not fond of crowded places, it might not be advisable to visit Borough Market on Saturdays as it can get quite busy. However, if you’re a market enthusiast, you may want to check it out during the weekdays between 10 AM to noon from Wednesdays to Fridays, or between 8 AM to noon on Saturdays. Another option would be to go during off-peak hours, around 4 PM when the crowd is thinner.
If you’re looking for other markets with a similar vibe, Broadway Market or Real Food Market located behind Southbank Centre could be good alternatives. Both offer free food samples, but be mindful that trying everything for free may not be a common practice. Do note that Borough Market tends to be pricier than other markets, so it’s best to be prepared for that before heading there.
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Maltby Street Market
Nestled within a small alleyway that is only open on weekends, Maltby Street Market can be easily missed among the quiet residential flats that surround it. However, the bustling crowd of people that fills the market creates a stark contrast to its surroundings. Once inside, you’ll be enveloped in the lively atmosphere created by the street food stalls, gastro pubs, purveyors, and wine bars that are tucked underneath the train tracks.
The market features a wide array of food from around the world, and it’s not uncommon to see people standing and socializing by the entrances, walking through the market with their takeaway boxes. There are also wooden seating areas where you can sit and enjoy your meal. Colorful flags from various countries are strung from one end of the market to the other, adding to the vibrant ambiance.
Similar to the lively energy of Borough Market, Portobello Market, and Camden Town, Maltby Street Market is a great place to grab some food and people-watch, as well as explore the various stalls and shops. If you’re in the area on the weekends, it’s definitely worth a visit, although finding the market can be a challenge due to its discreet location.
Maltby Street Market, Rope Walk, SE1 2HQ. Opening Times: Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 5 pm. http://www.maltby.st/
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