Every day thousands of people flock to the many London markets to browse the city’s amazing selection of boutique traders and food stalls. The trading history of the city was built on local markets and dealers who created a vibrant and lively trading centre. Borough Market is the oldest of these venues and has been serving visitors for over a thousand years. Although the market has changed and grown over the years, its history is what continues to draw people in. If you’re planning a trip to London then this historical trading post is a must-see. We’ve put together a few things that you can do during your visit.
One of the best things about Borough Market is the selection of bakery stalls that sell fresh bread, pastries and sweets every day. If you’re one of those people who can’t help but follow their nose when it picks up a whiff of freshly baked bread or a sweet treat, then you may want to learn how to make it yourself. Situated in the heart of the market is a bakery school that will teach you the skills you need to make your own delicious loaves and rolls at home.
Tour for Muggles
If you’ve never been to Hogwarts but still want to feel like a real witch or wizard, then taking a tour of the famous film’s locations will bring you closer to the magic. The fun-filled walking tour will give you and your fellow conjurers the chance to see some of the real life spots that feature in many of the Harry Potter movies. This award winning tour will take you on a two hour journey through the magic streets of London where you can recreate famous scenes from the film franchise – it’s easy to get to the starting point from any of our Hyde Park Paddington hotels.
Golden Hinde II
A short stroll around the corner from Borough Market takes you to St Mary Overies Dock. This historic port is home to a beautifully crafted replica of Sir Francis Drake’s famous galleon. The ship was designed to celebrate the anniversary of the famous explorer’s landing on American shores. If you want to learn about the history of Drake and his many exploits, then take a walk on to one of the most famous ships in history. Kids will enjoy touring the boat as they get to see antique cannons and witness on-deck battle re-enactments.
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it feels like to be Robin then this is your chance to fly through London like the boy-wonder himself. This unique tour lets you experience the sights of London from a motorcycle sidecar. What makes this experience so good is the huge amount of landmarks and attractions you get to see thanks to the driver’s knowledge of the local area. If you want to try something different then head over Sidecar City Tours after coffee and a snack at Borough Market.