London's food markets are some of my favorite markets to visit on a regular basis. The reason for this might just be that everyone speaks English (I know, I'm sorry.) and can get away with so much that we can't in the U.S. Sort of a "so close, yet so far" situation. Borough Market has basically existed since the 11th century and is a must-do - enormous selection, endless wandering, and always a crowd.
Maltby Street Market, on the other hand, is newer and much, much, much smaller. What originally drew me to Maltby is Fergus Henderson's St. John Bakery - they participate in "open door Saturdays" and have an array of baked goods (including amazing bread) available to the public starting at 9am. I went for the fresh donuts (lemon curd or rhubarb...or both) and boxed wine. Typical breakfast, right? Directly behind the bakery is Maltby Street Market, which is just a small street lined with excellent local vendors - one of the highlights was some delicious smoked salmon that was hanging on a rack outside and topped with some fine English crème fraîche.
I was also excited to find a great small batch gin, Little Bird, "lovingly distilled in London" - the type of thing that'd be too small to find at Borough.
Borough Market, just on the other side of London Bridge (a short walk from Maltby Street) is the place to go if you have a desire to wander around and snack on endless goodies (as in, ask for a taste of everything that you walk by). Everything looks amazing and you just have to go on an empty stomach to really enjoy yourself. The photos below are evidence enough.
*all photos by Shauna Burke