First mentioned in 1276 and believed to have existed in Roman times, Borough Market in Southwark on the South Bank is a firm favorite with tourists, chefs, and foodies alike. Open Monday to Thursday (10–5), Friday (10–6), and Saturday (8–5), this Dickensian location under moody Victorian wrought-iron railway arches at London Bridge is packed with google-eyed food lovers eager to pick up the finest and freshest fruit, vegetables, and grub in town. There are more than 135 stalls, plus a bunch of nearby pubs, bars, restaurants, and specialty shops, like Neal's Yard Diary (6 Park St.), where you’ll be bowled over by the great mountains of stinky blue Stilton cheese stacked floor to ceiling. Ever more groovy new eateries are springing up in nearby Bermondsey Street, just south of The Shard.
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Whirring ceiling fans, Indian film posters, checkerboard tiles, oak panels, and old Indian cola bottles create an evocative Bombay backdrop for this inexpensive all-day Indian café off Covent Garden. Try the naan bread with keema minced lamb and peas, or classic hankerchief-thin spicy charred chicken tikka roomali roti rolls (£6.90). A succulent lamb raan bun comes on a wooden block with slow-cooked pulled lamb in a sourdough bun with pomegranate slaw, sali chips, and fried green chillies, while gorgeous creamy black dahl is simmered for 24 hours. Drinks range from a Bollybellini to Limca lemonade or a grenadine-rich lassi.
Overlooking the Thames so closely that the waters almost lap at the door in high tide, the White Cross is a popular spot that serves traditional pub grub.
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