Borough Market to Launch New Sustainable Dining Space

Borough Market is to celebrate 21 years as a world-class food destination by launching a brand new sustainable dining space this autumn

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Borough Market, London’s oldest food market, has undergone a number of transformations over its 1,000 years, but the next chapter in its history should mean you finally have somewhere to sit and enjoy your delicious foodie finds – hurrah!

The market is said to date back all the way to the year 1,014, so a little shape-shifting was of course inevitable. But since establishing itself as a retail market and important international food destination 21 years ago, the market is celebrating its coming of age with a brand new look and seated dining space.

Launching during the week commencing 11 November 2019, the next stage in Borough Market’s evolution will see more than 20 new traders opening in an expanded produce zone, and the arrival of The Borough Market Kitchen – a communal dining space serving up delicious hot and cold dishes from 20 stands, all prepared with fresh ingredients sourced from the market’s traders.

Borough Market has long been a place for London locals and visitors alike to connect together over a love of great food, and it will now be even easier to find what you’re looking for.

Fresh, seasonal produce remains at the heart of Borough Market, and the expanded produce zone will mean you can shop the best fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy and baked goods from expert traders. An exciting range of new and existing traders will move into the Green Market area, as well as maintaining their current location at Three Crown Square.

The new Borough Market Kitchen will mean you can grab a seat at communal tables to enjoy street food from some of London’s best, including Singaporean street food from Mei Mei by Elizabeth Haigh, Iraqi food from JUMA Kitchen, San Sebastian pintxos from Mimo and Brindisa Kitchen’s much-loved Spanish classics.

‘Continuing Borough Market’s commitment to sustainability, The Borough Market Kitchen will be entirely single use plastic-free, with tables and seating constructed from recycled materials’

Plus, continuing Borough Market’s commitment to sustainability, The Borough Market Kitchen will be entirely single use plastic-free, with tables and seating constructed from recycled materials.

Borough Market, which was predominantly a wholesale market for many years, was reborn in its current form in 1998, when pioneering traders such as Turnips, Brindisa and Neal’s Yard Dairy started to sell their produce directly to the public, cementing the market as an iconic food destination that brought tourists and locals alike flocking.

The last significant upgrade to Borough Market was the opening of the glazed Market Hall on Borough High Street back in 2013, as part of works to accommodate the new Thameslink line running through London Bridge.

The Market Hall – which does have seating areas, although you’ll be lucky to bag one on the weekend – also functions as a demo kitchen, an orchard growing hops, fruits, flowers and herbs, and community event space. It’s also won a number of Green Flag Community Awards, which recognise high quality green spaces.

The Borough Market Kitchen will be open 10am-5pm from Mon-Thurs & Sat, and 10am-6pm on Friday, and will be located in Jubilee Place, the market’s current wholesale area. Once the kitchen closes for the day, Jubilee Place will revert back to wholesale operations.

‘Borough Market believes that food is for sharing: through creating dishes by professional chefs and home cooks; through exchanging ideas with expert traders and producers; or by simply meeting with others to enjoy eating together and creating memorable moments,’ said Darren Henaghan, Managing Director of Borough Market.

‘The last 21 years in our 1,000 year history has seen us move from wholesale to becoming a world-class public food destination, and it’s fitting that we celebrate our modern coming of age by expanding what we do best – fresh produce, expertly sourced and shared in a vibrant communal atmosphere.’