A trip to Borough Market is a must for any foodie who's moved to London. Located right next to London Bridge underground station, it's one of the oldest markets in London, with over 100 stalls selling all manner of food and drink. There are also many restaurants, pubs, bars and street food vendors nearby, meaning that you're spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to eat and drink. So, to make your life easier, here are some of our favourites...
A tour of the market is a great way to get to know the people you're with, and to share tastes of different dishes from the market's vendors, giving you the chance to try a range of different foods. While you're there, be sure to head to Kappacasein to try one of the best toasted cheese sandwiches in London: Ogleshield, Montgomery Cheddar and Comte cheeses plus onions, sandwiched between two slices of sourdough bread and grilled. Ginger Pig is worth a visit for their beautifully meaty sausage rolls, while Mountain's Boston Sausage are known for their traditional handmade sausages - visit on a Saturday morning for their breakfast bap, which features a sausage burger, fresh spinach, a fried egg and Hollandaise sauce. Bread Ahead's doughnuts are well worth a try for those with a sweet tooth.
If you're looking for more of a sit down meal option, there are plenty of choices in the neighbouring area. Roast, located above Borough Market, offers British classics made with local ingredients: think pork belly, braised ox cheeks, venison dishes and more. For seafood, head to Wright Brothers on Stoney Street: oysters are a speciality here, and are best enjoyed with a glass of champagne or chilled white wine.
Also on Stoney Street is Brindisa, one of the best-known importers of Spanish food in the UK. Here you can enjoy tapas dishes to eat in, or indulge in purchases from their delicatessen to take home.
If it's somewhere to drink you're looking for, you'll find plenty of places too. Monmouth on Park Street offers Fairtrade coffee to drink in, as well as beans to take home, while The Rake on Winchester Walk is a great little pub - a tiny place that serves a variety of craft beers from across the globe, and also serves fantastic Scotch eggs for those looking for a snack.
Alternatively, for something a little more swanky, visit Aqua Shard at The Shard: its atrium bar is three storeys high and offers amazing views across London, as well as a truly exciting cocktail menu. When you're visiting the Borough Market and London Bridge area of London, you really will find something to suit all tastes, occasions and budgets.