England

The Grower

Yesterday morning we dropped into London Bridge’s Borough Market to pick up a few things for the weekend. The market has been gradually expanding into new areas as the local phase of the Crossrail project nears completion. It’s become such a beautiful market, each stall now finally has the space to display their products without compromise. While Borough Market has become quite touristy and, some say, overpriced over the years, it’s still one of the most enjoyable food markets in London.

We ate delicious garlic prawn wraps from Appleby’s fish restaurant and filled our bag with Chorizo sausage, strawberries, raspberries and avocados. My own favourite purchase was refillable bottles of red from Borough Wines. They have a fantastic concept where you buy the empty bottle for £2.50 and fill or refill it yourself for £5 a time. I’m no expert, but this wine tastes far better than anything I buy at Sainsbury’s for the same price; so fresh and so fruity, it’s like blackcurrant jam! Borough Market is full of people passionate about a specialist niche of produce. Fitz for example is where you can find the most incredible French pate and terrines from France but actually Noel Fitzjohn himself makes the most beautiful mustards. And if the season is right I can definitely recommend his beautiful, fresh homegrown horseradish sauce.

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Cross Bones Memorial Gate

There is always a lot of building works in and around London Bridge, visitors to Borough Market will have noticed the new Thameslink train slicing through buildings, high above the streets. About 20 years ago, construction work in this area uncovered a burial ground, later known to have been a medieval cemetery for ‘single women’ or prostitutes. Controversial of course, around 150 bodies of young women, children and even tiny babies have been uncovered here. Thanks to public support, the site has since achieved protected status and there is now an amazing, growing shrine for the souls laid to rest here on Redcross Way.

The red gates are covered with ribbons, flowers and messages; a moving shrine to the outcast…

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Borough Market Monkey

Borough Market was quiet today but I was only passing through on the way to the bank. In the winter months I can never resist photographing the hanging rabbits and wild fowl, they are somehow so photogenic and always have a crowd gathered around. On the way out of the market, I noticed one of Banksy’s monkeys painted by a doorway. I am not too happy with the picture I took so I might have to go back soon.

laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge‘ the monkey warns…

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