Borough Market

Top choice market in South Bank

For a thousand years, a market has existed at the southern end of London Bridge, making this still-busy ancient gathering point a superb spectacle. Overflowing with small shops, food stalls cooking in close quarters and wholesale greengrocers catering to London's top-end restaurants, Borough Market makes a delicious lunch stop, afternoon grazing session or pure dinner-party inspiration. Expect it to be crowded, even on days with limited traders.

Many of the takeaway food stalls cluster in the Green Market, the area closest to Southwark Cathedral. If you'd rather have a sit-down meal, the periphery of Borough Market is chock-full of fantastic options; try Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Padella or Market Porter.

The market simply heaves on Saturdays, so get here early for the best pickings or enjoy the lunchtime craze. There's a stepped seating area in Jubilee Place and free water fountains for you to refill a bottle near Maria's Cafe.