Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, when many businesses shut down, London’s 1,000-year-old Borough Market managed to stay open.
Now that some of the restrictions have been lifted, the Market’s officials say they not only will continue to serve customers during normal hours but are expanding to offer their many products on Sundays.
In a return to its roots, when shops offered the opportunity for customers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and other goods, Borough Market’s 40 traders will be selling from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The move effectively makes the Market a seven-day-a-week operation at a time when consumers need it the most.
“Extending our trading from six to seven days per week is a historic move for Borough Market. We wanted to give our customers more choice on when to visit us and for Sunday opening,” Darren Henaghan, Managing Director, Borough Marketsaid. “Back in 1998, we reinvented ourselves from a wholesale centre to a retail market for high quality food and we want to recapture that atmosphere – expert traders and producers providing advice and sharing stories with shoppers who love food.
“From picking up the perfect joint for a Sunday roast complete with all the seasonal veg, to discovering something new for the cheeseboard along with freshly baked bread and wine to accompany, we love Sundays and hope our visitors will too.”
There will be nothing quite like the feeling of bringing back the energy and connections to the bustling market on Sundays.
“We’re opening on Sundays to not only reengage with locals, but to reconnect with people who no longer come to London in the week, but do visit on the weekends,” Samantha Wallace, From Field & Flower, told Produce Business UK. “Being open Saturdays and Sundays gives people far more time to come and visit. With a produce-focused market on Sundays, you can get some lovely food for the week ahead, all with a relaxed Sunday vibe.”
The new schedule will start on 27th June. The Market still can’t feature street food, but its traders will continue to provide produce, fresh fish, meat, baked goods and cupboard essentials.