Borough Market

A bustling undercover market on a sunny day

The first formal record of the market was on the bridge built by King Canute in AD 1014 after the previous bridge was destroyed by Norsemen in an attempt to lay siege to London. Mention is first made of Borough Market as a recognised institution in 1276, when it caused great inconvenience by causing congestion on London Bridge.

Borough Market has always existed in roughly the same location. It is now the oldest fruit and vegetable wholesale market still trading from its present 4.5 acre site – since 1756 – in Central London. Records traced back to AD 1014 show that the market then sold fish, grain & cattle – as well as vegetables and because of it’s central location (the meeting points of all roads from the South Coast & Southern Counties into the City of London) merchants from all over Europe would travel from coastal ports to trade in this market.

Thousand of tons of produce was wheeled the few yards from the train to the Market. Borough Market has survived for 20 centuries, and remains a centre of food excellence. We are is looking forward to another 2,000 years of trading!

Venue Type:

Heritage site

Opening hours

The retail market is open on Fridays from 12pm to 6pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm.

Admission charges


Borough Market
8 Southwark Street
Greater London



Eleanor Wallis, Communications Manager


Eleanor Wallis, Communications Manager

020 7401 7300

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