Sunday, November 19, 2017

Borough Market

London The Unfinished City
The finest food market in London.
I have come to love my visits to Borough Market, where I invariably stop off for a late breakfast or an early lunch. With a truly great selection of fresh produce, exotic meats and street food from around the globe, there is something here for everyone. It is a vibrant, busy market, where I always discover something new to try. 

Although the market is always busy, it is worth visiting on a Sunday, when the stalls are closed, as you get an even greater understanding of its size. Plus, if you are very lucky, you may just spot a Harris Hawk, and his handler, who patrols the market to keep the pigeons away. 

Brief History

Borough Market claims to have existed since 1014, with some saying it is older even than that. The first mention of the market, however, is in 1276.

The original market was situated at he southern end of London Bridge, where it was perfectly placed close to the wharves of the Pool of London.

In 1754 the market was abolished, as it was causing too much congestion with all of the traffic that the market caused,

In 1756 a new market was set up, on nearby Rochester Yard, covering an area of 4.5 acres. Its present buildings were erected in 1851, although various additions have been added throughout the years, More buildings were added in 1860 and an entrance, on Southwark Street, was also added, in 1932.

A major refurbishment began in 2001, which included, in 2004, the resiting of the South Portico of the Floral Hall, from Covent Garden, which had been removed when the Royal Opera House was refurbished. The portico was Grade II listed in 2008.

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