London – Markets & Chinatown

In the third of the London series we’ll take a look at markets. We visited four;

Borough Market – located at the south send of London Bridge and first mentioned in 1276 but thought to date back to 1014 or earlier. Present buildings from mid 1800’s. Traditional role, along with Covent Garden, was selling fruit and veg wholesale. Nowadays it sells speciality foods to residents and tourists. Some great places to eat here and a Neal’s Yard cheese shop I’d love to have in Warsaw. They export to many countries but not Poland.

Old Spitalfields Market – east of Liverpool Street station and has been a market since 1682 when King Charles II gave a license for flesh, foul and roots to be sold on Spittle Fields. Used to be a wholesale fruit and veg market until that was moved out of town in 1991. Now a mish-mash of proper shops and markets stalls selling fairly mainstream tourist stuff.

Brick Lane Market – a little further east than Spittalfields. Originally a farmers market back in the 17th century when the area was predominantly Jewish it is now a hotspot for curries thanks to the Bangladeshi immigrants of the 20th century. There are stalls the length of Brick Lane but also numerous offshoot markets in buildings that were part of the old Truman Brewery that dates back to 1666. Definitely the most interesting market of the ones we visited with an eclectic mix of vintage clothes, food and oddments.

A Christmas Market – by the entrance to the Tate Modern. Can be seen in the photo with view of St Paul’s which was taken from the balcony of the Tate Modern. No history worth speaking of. Had a decent bacon roll.

Everyone knows London has a Chinatown so not much to say. We wandered through on the way to the theatre.



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