If you’re staying in London on a home exchange or even using a galley kitchen in a studio apartment,  it’s time to enjoy winter – because the city’s best  foodie finds are never more than a few tube stops away. The very best is Borough Market, which kicks off at breakfast-time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (try the gourmet bacon rolls) and has plenty of places to shop and dine, both inside and outside the market gates.

Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide contributor Justin North is a confirmed fan. “You can surrender to sausage, or ogle olives,” he told editor Alison Carmichael-Rulten.  The Borough is on almost every chef’s list, it seems, and if you are lucky enough to be able to cook during your London holiday, it’s worth stopping, and shopping.

Justin’s own books rely on just the kind of fresh produce Borough Market specialises in. So if you’re in London to cook, then begin with either French Lessons, or his classic guide, Becasse.

Even if you’re only at Borough Market to enjoy a Melton Mowbray pork pie, though (and to take home a bag of fruit and flowers) don’t miss the chance to enjoy a mulled wine in The Globe on Bedales Street, later.

Holiday Goddess editor Andreina Cordani also loves Borough Market, but advises “Do get cash out before you come, as there are long queues for ATM’s and many of the vendors don’t take cards.”

Borough Market is also an excellent place to buy Christmas presents on a budget. Our discovery this winter was the huge jar of honey (complete with honeycomb inside) retailing for around half the price you might expect to pay in an upmarket West End store. Honey, we love Borough Market…walk from London Bridge tube station.

Market stall honey

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