Thu, 24 November 2011, Arts London News, by Albert Evans
Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1
It is a shame that despite London’s rich history as a city built around markets and trading that these days visitors face a stark choice: either the amalgamated, gentrified giants or the depressed, back-water fleapits.
In either case,most involve crowds and criminal prices – whether that means stolen goods or extortionately priced Brie.
The biggest and most indicative of the shift in market trading has to be Borough Market. The market still operates as a wholesale market from 2am until 8am but from Thursday to Saturday opens during the day as a retail market.
This market may well be a victim of its own success. Championed by chefs worldwide and having featured in many films, this is well and truly on the tourist trail and despite its obvious charm has become a no-go-zone on weekends as hordes of camera wielding tourists and middle class families render the place unfit for purpose.
However, if you arrive early on a Thursday you get a bit of breathing space and there is actually plenty to enjoy. Maria’s Market Café’s bubble and squeak is legendary and lots of the fruit and veg is incredibly good value.
The permanent stalls within ‘the triangle’ are generally quite good with Furness’ Fish and Game being a highlight if more for the spectacle than anything else.
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