“Un­der the rail­way arches, you’ll find artists’ stu­dios, crafters’ work­shops and din­ing spa­ces where you can en­joy hand­made food or sip an ice-cold gin and tonic”


LASSCO Bar & Din­ing, sit­u­ated within a recla­ma­tion yard, has lots of in­trigu­ing fea­tures in­clud­ing a 19th­cen­tury back bar sal­vaged from Lon­don’s Dock­lands and a din­ing area called ‘The Eisen­hower Room’ built with wooden pan­els from the US wartime naval HQ in Grosvenor Square where the D-day land­ings were planned. As for the food, the mar­ket prides it­self on switch­ing things up reg­u­larly, with 31 reg­u­lar traders and five ro­tat­ing guest spots. Here are a few eater­ies and wa­ter­ing holes that caught our eye: > Shake, mud­dle and mix your way to Lit­tle Bird Gin for small-batch gin lov­ingly dis­tilled in Lon­don. > Bad Brownie of­fers gourmet choco­late brown­ies, said to be “so good, they’re bad”.

> For the “best Ger­man sausages you can get abroad” head to Her­man Ze Ger­man. > When dessert or snack time rolls around, you can’t go past Waf­fled On for waf­fles made to order and served with your choice of sweet or savoury top­pings.

> And if you feel like a taste of home, drop by the Pic’s Peanut But­ter stall and stock up while you’re here.

Bor­ough Mar­ket

WHERE: 8 South­wark Street, SE1

TRAVEL TIP: Catch the tube or train to Lon­don Bridge PLAN YOUR TRIP: bor­ough­mar­ket.org.uk

OPEN: Mon­day to Satur­day (some stalls closed Mon­day and Tues­day). In De­cem­ber the mar­ket is open daily Bor­ough Mar­ket is cer­tainly the most fa­mous of the three and Lon­don’s old­est food mar­ket. Sadly, it was in the news re­cently as shop­pers were caught up in a ter­ror­ist at­tack on 3 June which left eight peo­ple dead; the mar­ket closed for 11 days but is now run­ning as usual.

Lo­cated in an im­pres­sive build­ing be­neath a rail­way viaduct near Lon­don Bridge sta­tion, this 1000-year-old in­sti­tu­tion is renowned for its qual­ity pro­duce and many chefs do their restau­rant shop­ping there. The full mar­ket runs from Wed­nes­day to Satur­day; if you’re plan­ning a week­end visit, go early to avoid queues.

The mar­ket boasts a num­ber of Slow Food-ac­cred­ited traders sell­ing prod­ucts recog­nised as dis­tinc­tive lo­cal food­stuffs that would be at risk if it weren’t for a small num­ber of ar­ti­sans work­ing to keep them rel­e­vant. There is also a com­mit­ment to keep­ing the mar­ket as ‘low waste’ as pos­si­ble. All pack­ag­ing pro­vided by traders is biodegrad­able and com­postable, and noth­ing ends up in land­fill as ev­ery­thing is re­cy­cled. Like­wise, sur­plus pro­duce is de­liv­ered to lo­cal char­i­ties and any re­main­ing food waste is sent to an anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion plant where mi­cro-or­gan­isms break down or­ganic ma­te­rial and turn it into power, fer­tiliser and wa­ter.

The mar­ket con­sists of two large in­door halls hous­ing many dif­fer­ent cafes, restau­rants and stalls sell­ing an amaz­ing ar­ray of ar­ti­sanal prod­ucts, qual­ity pro­duce and spe­cialty foods from around the world. These spots are well worth a visit:

> We Ki­wis pride our­selves on our cof­fee, so check out Mon­mouth Cof­fee Com­pany when you’re in need of a caf­feine fix – it’s one of the most well-known cof­fee brands in the city. > Neal’s Yard Dairy sells au­then­tic Bri­tish cheeses that are so good they fea­ture on the menu at many Lon­don restau­rants.

> Order farm-fresh oys­ters with a pint of beer at Wright Broth­ers Oys­ter & Porter House. > In­dulge in a clas­sic Eng­lish Sun­day roast at Roast restau­rant.

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