I have had the luxury of spending the past couple of days in the London Borough of Southwark, enjoying some rare child-free time as the girls bond with their grandpa and grandma.
One of the major highlights of this area is the Borough Market, which is London’s oldest and most renowned fruit and vegetable market. I’ve enjoyed strolling through the stalls of vendors (there are over 100 individual stalls), most of which offer high-quality food products for sale. There is also the occasional booth selling handcrafted items, such as painted dishes and bags.
While my adopted hometown of Ottawa offers a number of lovely outdoor markets in the summer months, I have to say that the Borough Market dwarfs them all in both size and quality of offerings. In addition to the jaw-dropping selection of fresh produce, there is a myriad of meat, fish, baked goods, oils, jams, preserves and beverages (yes, many of them alcoholic!). One booth offered up a stunning selection of fresh mushrooms – virtually every variety I have ever heard of and more.
Freshly-squeezed juices abound; I treated myself to an orange-mango juice from a market merchant. Large slices of fresh watermelon were also a popular item for those looking to quench their thirst on a warm July day.
Though I didn’t have my kids with me at the Borough Market, I would advise visitors with children to plan to arrive as early in the day as possible. Customers trickle in as the day begins, but by early to mid-afternoon shoppers are shoulder to shoulder on a summer weekend.