“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.
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.