London Markets



I recently heard that a great way to help the planet it to buy as much food as possible from farmer’s markets and local growers. As much as I agree with this, I find it damn hard to haul myself to the local Notting Hill Farmer’s Market, which is about 500 feet from me every Saturday morning, even though recently discovered yummy egg and bacon rolls have given us extra incentive to get there.

One market that is not really local for me, and is very much a tourist attraction is Borough Market, Southwick Street, London. Sadly, the market never registered on my radar (because it is on the other side of London, and as I just said, I find it difficult to go 500 feet) until it suffered a terrorist attack last in 2017.

Since then, I seem to be finding myself there more and more often.

Borough Market originated in the 12th Century and is one of the oldest markets still operating in London. It’s buildings date back to the 1850’s with an Art Deco entranceway erected in 1932, and the reclamation of the South Portico from the demolished Floral Hall in 2004.

The market has a great variety and sells to the general public. During my last visit, I bought a lot of salt. I don’t really know why I did this, but it looks really pretty when displayed in my new Indian spice box. I think this is what everyone is getting for Christmas this year.

So get out to your local markets; help the farmers, help the planet and maybe you might find something new and interesting to buy: like hibiscus flavoured salt……

opening times: W/Th 10-5, F 10-6, Sat 8-5

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I grew up in the States, but have lived a large chunk of my adult life in the UK. I now split my time between London and South Africa as well as chasing the sun around the world. 


 When my nest emptied, I began to plan my trips according to my own schedule, indulging in going solo. Once one gets used to traveling solo, it can be a very freeing experience. I seek out interesting, informative and unique experiences, and proffer advice with my network of readers.  I also have a lot of fun!


 Spa retreats and personal growth travel are core to what I do.  If there was a master's degree in the art of booking massages, I would be a scholarship student! I also plan to conquer Europe one city break at a time and with all that effort, I need as many beach holidays as possible. 


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When my large family was quite young, we lived in several international postings. In an age before Google Translate,  I negotiated the grocery stores of foreign countries in search of tasty ingredients. I soon became an expert at discerning information from food labels and also learned to cook healthy, quick meals from local sources. 


From this experience, I became quite the foodie, even before 'foodie' was a word. And now as an empty-nester and devotee of food travel networks, I  interpret those old recipes into smaller, even tastier versions. 


Being an editor and food/wine travel columnist,  I travel the world sampling indigenous recipes which I share on Old Bag on a Plane. I also love wine!


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