Borough Market

Category: Markets

Borough Market is a wholesale and retail food market in The Borough in Southwark, South London.

The wholesale market operates on all weekday mornings, but the retail market only operates on Fridays and Saturdays.

The present market, located on Borough High Street just south of Southwark Cathedral on the southern end of London Bridge, is a successor to one that originally adjoined the end of London Bridge (and made a considerable nuisance of itself in the process).

It was first mentioned in 1276 and was subsequently moved south of St Margaret’s church on the High Street. It received a royal charter from Edward VI in the mid-16th century, which was confirmed by Charles II in 1671. However, the market caused such traffic congestion that in 1754 it was abolished by an Act of Parliament.

Borough Market has become a fashionable place to buy food. It has been promoted by British television chefs and has been used as a film set; notable films with scenes filmed in the streets around the market include Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).


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