Weekend of markets
The weekend is the best time to enjoy some of London’s markets, so I decided to visit two different parts of London and sample their markets this weekend. This first post is about my visit on Saturday to Borough market and the Southbank. The weather is still holding here, for the most part, but the temperature has dropped a few degrees. Saturday was a lovely sunny day to be wandering around Borough and Southwark. I caught the tube to London Bridge station and from there headed to Southwark Cathedral just down the street. It is a beautiful Cathedral and although it has a long history, I know it as the starting place for the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
Right next door is Borough market. It’s all about food. If you want to know where to get a an Ostrich burger – Borough market is your place. And these trips to the markets would be cheap sightseeing days, if I didn’t buy so many snacks…(not that I eat Ostrich burgers).
It was actually more crowded than it looks. The market was packed full of people, many of whom brought wheelie suitcases to fill up with food. In fact, many people here (tourists mostly I’m assuming) seem to shop with suitcases. Doesn’t matter if it’s Piccadilly or Regent Streets, Borough or Shoreditch markets. I don’t know why you would want to buy that much stuff (although groceries make a bit more sense) and I find them annoying because they are dragged really slowly in everyone’s (my) way.
I also visited The Clink Museum which is nearby. It’s a privately owned museum documenting life in the early prison called The Clink that existed in the area for hundreds of years. While it was an ok way to spend half an hour, I wouldn’t recommend making a special trip. It wasn’t the best put together display I’ve seen recently and some areas had signs that were just laminated and tacked up on the wall (including a blurry picture of puppies printed off a computer entitled The Police Animal section – and that was it, just the picture). Clearly at some point there was money put it into researching and creating the displays but it’s beginning to look a little worn around the edges.
On my way from Borough market to the Tate Modern I walked past the Globe Theatre. I wandered in to pick up some info about tours and shows (which run till early October), so will definitely be going back another day to check it out some more. And here’s the Tate Modern. I know it’s fashionable to be in love with this place but I am a much bigger fan of the Tate Britain (which is currently running a William Blake exhibition I want to go see).
The Tate Modern is housed in an old electricity station and it’s a fantastic space. One of the entrances is to the top of the picture and the galleries are to the right. Housed on multiple levels, you’d think they would be tiny considering how much open space there is here, but they’re not. It’s room after room of modern art exhibitions. And it also has some great views across the Thames looking towards the city. Here’s a photo I took through one of the windows of the Millennium Bridge and St Paul’s.
Up next is a trip to the east end to visit the Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets in Shoreditch.