In 2014, London’s Borough Market celebrated its 1000th birthday with a large range of events, including 1000 Christmas kisses which encouraged public displays of affection and an apple fair showcasing 1000 varieties of apples. As one of England’s oldest and largest food markets, these events were not just for the previous millennial celebrations, but can be found all year and every year. A lot to book in the diary for Park Grand Hounslow guests, and we haven’t even got to the food stalls yet.
Among the vast range of foodstuffs on offer, Richard Haward’s family run oyster stall has been harvesting oysters since 1792 and offers the best in British cultivated Oysters. If seafood makes you sickly, then why not try Spanish cured meat importers Brindisia who have been selling carefully sourced Spanish food since 1988. Their world-famous ibérico bellota ham is enough to get the mouth-watering, as is the husband and wife run Veggie Table, offering an exciting range of vegetarian and vegan burgers, soups, curries and sauces. For gifts and souvenirs that may last longer than the trip home, a range of condiment, homeware and accessory stalls are available. Jill’s natural preserves is run by the daughter of a British farmer and serves a wide range of British jellies, preserves and cond8iments. The Richard Bramble collection sells a unique array of ceramics and textiles including mugs and dishes.
Not only does Borough Market offer food stalls but a whole range of drinks as well. The distinctive Change Please coffee stalls situated around the market give homeless people a chance to train as barista’s and live off the London living wage. Serving seasonal Fairtrade coffee from as far afield as Tanzania and roasted at the Old Spike Roastery in Peckham, the Change Please coffee stalls at Borough Market work alongside Big Issue Magazine to give the homeless a way out of poverty. If you’re looking for something more alcohol based for the wetting of your whistle, then the East London Liquor Company is the place to start. Offering a range of “quintessentially British flavours”, this young company work out of a converted glue factory to provide customers with gin and vodka made from 100 percent British Wheat. For an alternative British flavour, the Cider House stall uses apples from the picturesque new forest to make its delectable range of refreshing beverages. Sold both by the glass and by the bottle, The Cider House also uses cider fruit from Somerset and Hertfordshire to provide customers with a truly British drinking experience.
Guests of the Budget Hotel’s near Heathrow such as the Park Grand Hounslow, can take the Cockfosters bound Piccadilly Line from Osterley station to Green Park and then the Jubilee line to London Bridge, from where the Borough Market is a mere two minute walk.
Borough Market is currently open from 10.00-17.00 on Mondays to Thursdays, till 18.00 on Fridays and is open on weekends from 8.00 – 17.00.