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What's the point of Borough Market? [London]


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What's the point of Borough Market? [London]

sunclytie | | Apr 9, 2011 12:57 PM

I'm a longtime lurker on these boards, and there have been so many posts on Borough Market that I just had to ask this.
I live about 10 minutes away from Borough Market, and that was one of the selling points that the estate agent made when we moved into the neighborhood.
But for a local, it's just a really unpleasant, crowded, downright awful place to do your food shopping. It's so crowded on Saturdays that you can barely move, and even on Thursday or Friday at lunchtime it's a mess. The stalls are overpriced, in my opinion, and the quality is much better at Maltby Street and my local farmer's market.
I even worked at one of the stalls over Christmas to earn a little extra dosh for the holidays, and it was a terrible experience - business was really slow because people wanted to gawp, not to buy.
I don't understand how most traders can make a living there because tourists don't want to buy fresh meat, fish, veg, or bread.
Will Borough Market eventually descend into a tourist trap? Is it even possible to use it like a real market anymore? Am I alone in being a Borough refusenik?