About the Area
Located in the borough of Southwark in Central London, Borough was named as such because it was once the only borough outside the City of London. The area extends from Borough High Street to just west of Tower Bridge and is synonymous with Borough Market, London's oldest fruit and vegetable market that dates back to the 11th century. The market was relocated to Borough High Street in the 18th century and has remained a trading centre because of its close proximity to the Thames and the London Bridge. The area is also home to many parks, including Leathermarket Gardens, Red Cross Garden, Potter's Field Park and Southwark Park, which includes a boating lake, an art gallery and a number of sports facilities. Beyond the market, Borough also has many theatres, museums, pubs and restaurants in the area.
Places Of Interest
With more than 150 stalls, the Borough Market is the perfect place for all foodies. Open Thursday through Sunday, it is full of fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and many unique and specialty food items, like pork pies with chopped apple and Portuguese custard tarts. The abundance of food choices persists in the area with restaurants including Hiba (Lebanese cuisine), Tapas Brindisa (Spanish cuisine), and Wright Brothers Oyster and Porter House (seafood). Culturally, Borough is just as diverse as the market would dictate. It is home to several theatres including The Young Vic, The Old Vic and Shakespeare's Globe. The Fashion and Textile Museum as well as the well-known Tate Modern are within its limits. Many of the novels of Charles Dickens took place in Borough, and Shakespeare lived close by while he was writing plays for the Globe. The streets of Borough might also look familiar, as a number of popular movies have been filmed in the area including “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Bridget Jones's Diary,” and “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Due to its close proximity, the area is a great place for a walk along the Thames where you will be able to see the Strand, a skyscraper that is known for being the tallest building in the European Union.
There are two Underground stations in the borders of the Borough area. London Bridge station is located at the end of the London Bridge on Borough High Street, and is directly across from the market. Borough station is located at the nexus of Borough High Street and Marshalsea Road, and is close to the Red Cross Garden and the church of St George the Martyr. The Southwark and Elephant and Castle stations are also nearby and remain within the parameters of Southwark. As well, two major railway stations are located close to the Borough area, London Bridge, and Waterloo stations, and they both provide access to areas outside of London and around the United Kingdom. Not short on transportation options, there are also 15 different bus routes that run through the area.