Our walk started with wandering through Borough Market near London Bridge. I could spend hours wandering through the market’s walkways. Each stall has a tempting display. There are meats, cheeses, truffles, oils, herbs, spices, burgers, seafood, desserts and much more on offer. These goods come from all over the globe, as demonstrated by a stall with goods specifically from Croatia, a Thai street food vendor, German meats, etc. Local produce also plays a big part, with stalls offering chemical-free fresh fruit and veg from local farms.
There really is something for everyone. Coffee lovers have Monmouth coffee, a roastery that supplies many of London’s coffee stores with their beans. Wine lovers have Bedales, an intimate wine bar with exposed brick walls, bare concrete floors, and barrels as tables outside, and an upstairs seating area, however, the bar and cabinets are sleek in design with dark varnish finish. We enjoyed some wine, meat, and cheese at Bedales, then headed to a bakery stand to pick up cinnamon swirls to go.
The beautiful thing about London bridge (and the surrounding areas) is that there is such a mix of preserved history with stylish modernity packed in together. Often within site will be modern office buildings, skyscraper landmarks, council housing, and Victorian red brick buildings. In our case, the walk took us past the shard, the George Inn, and the Guinness trust Buildings next.
The history of buying and producing textiles and fabrics is still visible today. We went past the Leather Exchange (now a shared working place), and the Fashion and Textile Museum.
After walking on this humid day, we worked up an appetite once more, and had some traditional London pie & mash with liquor and gravy at M Manze, which first opened in 1892!