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Meat Pies at Borough Market in London England

A Taste of London in 44 Hours

In England, Europe by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch12 Comments

We packed a lot of eating and walking into our taste of London in 44 hours. Highlights were the Borough Market, Portobello Road and the Tate Modern. 

Daryl in a London Phone Booth

London Calling

London called, and we answered. Our visit was short and left us wanting more. We got a sampling of the burgeoning food scene, and we got a taste of London in just 44 hours.

London does not have a long history of culinary excellence.  The late comedian Bill Hicks referred to London as the land of fairies and elves and as a place where you can eat boiled pizza.  Our goal was to find out if things had changed.

Taste of London Day One – Notting Hill, Meat Pies, Piccadilly Circus, Big Ben and Indian Food

On day one, we strolled down Portobello Road in Notting Hill where we ate Ginger Pig meat pies at the cocktail bar Portobello Star.  Not surprisingly, the pies went down quite easily with some beer and cider.

Colorful Tea Pots on Portobello Road in London England

Portobello Road Tea Pots

Vintage Cameras on Portobello Road in London England

Portobello Road Stand

Ginger Pig Meat Pie in London England

Ginger Pig Meat Pie

Pint of Beer in London England

Cheers!

We walked a lot, as we always do, and saw Piccadilly Circus and Big Ben.

Peek of Big Ben in London England

First Peek of Big Ben

Big Ben in London England

Big Ben

Parliament on the Thames in London England

Parliament on the Thames

We ended the day by meeting friends Russell and Mandy for some vegetarian curry before we crashed due to jet lag.

Indian Nan in London England

Nan

Taste of London Day Two – Borough Market, Neal’s Yard Dairy, the Tate Modern and Pubs

Day two started late due to jet lag but was full nonetheless. We spent three hours grazing our way through the Borough Market, a world-class emporium right at the London Bridge tube station. This market is over 1,000 years old but has come into its own during the past ten years.  Cheeses, meats, vegetables and all kind of treats now abound in a wonderfully overwhelming way.

Borough Market Entrance in London England

Borough Market Entrance

Borough Market Map in London England

Borough Market Map

Raclette at Borough Market in London England

Raclette

Cheese at Borough Market in London England

Cheeses

Meringues at Borough Market in London England

Meringues

English Muffins at Borough Market in London England

English Muffins in England

Potted Meats Dude at Borough Market in London England

Potted Meats Dude

Tamarillos at Borough Market in London England

Tamarillos

Tomatoes at Borough Market in London England

Tomatoes

Juice at Borough Market in London England

Juices

Ostrich Eggs at Borough Market in London England

Ostrich Eggs

Meat Pies at Borough Market in London England

Meat Pies

Meat on a Stick at Borough Market in London England

Meat on a Stick

Daryl Enjoys Meat on a Stick at Borough Market in London England

Daryl Enjoys Meat on a Stick

Pimm's O'Clock at Borough Market in London England

Pimm’s O’Clock

Curry Vats at Borough Market in London England

Curries

Musicians at the Borough Market in London England

Music at the Market

Mushy Peas at Borough Market in London England

Mushy Peas

Oyster Shucker at Borough Market in London England

Oyster Shucker

Oysters at Borough Market in London England

Oysters

Wild Oregano at Borough Market in London England

Wild Oregano

Greedy Goat Ice Cream at Borough Market in London England

Mindi Enjoying Greedy Goat Ice Cream

We also visited Neal’s Yard Dairy right near the Borough Market to check out some of the finest cheese produced in Great Britain and the world.  We were pleasantly surprised to bump into DiBruno’s cheesemonger, Matt Shankle.  Since DiBruno’s is just blocks from our house in Philadelphia, it truly is a small world.

Neal's Yard Dairy in London England

Neal’s Yard Dairy

Cheese Shower at Neal's Yard Dairy in London England

Cheese Shower

Cheese Counter at Neal's Yard Dairy in London England

Cheese Counter

Neal's Yard Dairy Cheese Selection in London England

Neal’s Yard Dairy Cheese Selection

Stinking Bishop Cheese at Neal's Yard Dairy in London England

Stinking Bishop Cheese

The Rake in London England

The Rake

After some tasty Kernel beers at the Rake (said to be the smallest pub in London), we got our art on at the Tate Modern where we saw the special Edvard Munch exhibit.

Tate Modern Art Exhibit in London England

Tate Modern Art

Picasso at the Tate Modern in London England

Picasso at the Tate Modern

Locks on the Millenium Bridge in London England

Millenium Bridge

Shard Building in London England

View of the Shard Building from the Millennium Bridge

A short, drizzly walk over the Millennium Bridge took us to Fleet Street’s Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, a pub that was rebuilt in 1666 and was frequented by Charles Dickens, for a couple of pre-dinner pints of Samuel Smith beers from the tap.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Sign in London England

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Sign

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub in London England

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub

Empty Glasses in London England

Empty Glasses

Beer at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub in London England

Cheers!

We met up with friends and awesome hosts Gregg and Sylva at a neighborhood spot called the Mitre,  We ended our too-brief visit with fish & chips, braised lamb shoulder and sticky toffee pudding.

Braised Lamb Shoulder at Mitre in London England

Braised Lamb Shoulder with Peas and Pearl Onions

Fish and Chips at Mitre in London England

Fish and Chips

Sticky Toffee Pudding at Mitre in London England

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Enjoying Sticky Toffee Pudding at Mitre in London England

Enjoying Sticky Toffee Pudding

Two things we know for sure:  London’s food scene is happening, and we will be back soon.

Our taste of London in 44 hours wasn’t enough! We have so much more we want to do both with both food and culture, not to mention the 30 Free London Attractions on the The Trusted Traveller site. Maybe we’ll take an Eating London food tour to experience some of the best London food. What other suggestions do you have for our next trip to London?

We packed a lot of eating and walking into our taste of London in 44 hours. Highlights were the Borough Market, Portobello Road and the Tate Modern.

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Comments

  1. Travel well, remember some of us are getting our vicarious travel thrills this way. Cheesemonger. What a great word.

  2. Great photos! That lamb looked devine. And the aroma of all that cheese must have been amazing.

  3. “Bill Hicks referred to London as the land of fairies and elves and as a place where you can eat boiled pizza.” 😀 Boiled pizza? Hmmm. :/

  4. I really love this great little post you’ve written about my hometown and I really agree with lots of your foodie recommendations on here!!

  5. What a great post, I always love to try new foods in the cities we visit. I will have to take your recommendations and make sure i taste all of these things while in London!

  6. I have lived in England for 8 years. I used to occasionally shop at the Borough market – I could even find Sardinian produce there 🙂

  7. No post about London would be complete without the word ‘drizzle’! It’s a shame you didn’t have longer, but I’m pleased that London left you wanting more 🙂

  8. I only discovered Borough Market a couple of months ago. I’d heard great things about it and I wasn’t dissapointed! There’s so much food there and I can’t wait to go back on my next visit 🙂

  9. If you only had a couple of days in London, you definitely picked two great things to do – Borough Market and Neal’s Yard. I’ve been in London now 17 years and the food scene is definitely happening! Not so much when I got here but in the last 10 years – very much so!

  10. Wow you fitted a lot in! Coffee and cake have transformed in London too next time there are some excellent cafes to be found near the museum’s.

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