Borough Market reopens today at 11am following the terror attack on the evening of Saturday 3 June at one of London’s oldest and most popular food markets
Donald Hyslop, chair of the Trustees of Borough Market, said in a statement on the Borough Market website: ‘While the victims of last week’s terror attack will never be forgotten, and while the trauma experienced by this community will weigh heavily for a long time to come, it is essential for the wellbeing of everyone associated with Borough Market that we return to at least a semblance of normality as soon as we can.
‘On Wednesday, the bell will ring, the stalls will open, customers will start to arrive, and the healing process will begin.’
The market has been closed since the attack while police carried out forensic investigations, but the market will reopen today at 11am, and traders will hold a minute’s silence to remember the victims at 10am.
Gourmet Goat‘s East Mediterranean village food unit inside Rochester Walk will also reopen today. Co-founders Nadia and Nick Stokes are offering visitors to Gourmet Goat’s stall little pots of their homemade Koliva – a traditional East Med offering – in memory of life that has passed. In return for the dish, Gourmet Goat will ask for a donation to the Red Cross UK Solidarity Fund.
Koliva is a sweet mix of wheat berries, pomegranate seeds, sultanas, nuts, mint, sugar, aniseed, cinnamon and sesame seeds. Each ingredient has ancient symbolism including celebration of life and wishes for finding peace.
Borough Market is more than a market. It is an expression of our love of food, community, our past and future
‘Borough Market is more than a market,’ said Nadia. ‘It is an expression of our love of food, community, our past and future.’
Arabica Bar & Kitchen is also re-opening its doors, marking the occasion by adding the aptly named London Courage to the cocktail menu (Arabica’s Levantine take on a traditional Tom Collins). On Sunday 18 June, the restaurant will launch its informal Sunday music sessions. Arabica Bar & Kitchen will donate all ticket sales and £1 per London Courage Cocktail served to the Borough Market Relief Fund.
Founder James Walters said, ‘Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences remain with the friends and families of the victims and those still fighting for their lives. We need to stay strong, support each other, re-open our doors and allow the healing process to begin.
‘We are going to need London more than ever now so please come and visit us and the rest of our Borough Market community soon.’
A trader support fund, Borough Market Relief Fund, has been set up to help those who suffered financially because of the closure.
‘An atrocity of this magnitude has many hidden victims,’ said Hyslop. ‘Among these are the independent traders and producers who rely upon Borough Market for their livelihood. With the market still closed and with valuable stock lost, some of these traders – although none would be quick to admit it – are struggling.’
‘Anyone else who wishes to help in the coming weeks,’ added Hyslop, ‘can do so in one simple but fundamental way: by turning up, putting a buzz back into the atmosphere, and buying some high-quality food and drink from the fantastic array of traders who make this such a special and diverse place.
‘Come along to show your love for Borough and the values of tolerance and community that the Market does so much to promote.’
The market will be extending its opening hours to open on both Sunday 18 and Sunday 25 June to further help the traders impacted by the closure.