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We have written this article for you to read and enjoy and to give you an insight into one of London 's favourite markets. Before you start to read it we would like to tell you a little about ourselves.
We are Independent Surveyors that carry out Building Surveys in South London in areas such as Bermondsey, Dulwich, Walworth, Surrey Quays and Herne Hill. These districts and Borough Market are all within the London Borough of Southwark. We also do valuations and schedules of condition on commercial properties in and around Southwark.
As Surveyors we probably pay more attention to properties around us than most people do even when we are not surveying them! We always recommend lifting your line of sight above eye level as there are some beautiful buildings to be seen and ones that most people miss as they rush about with their daily life. Surveyor tours are something that we would like to introduce. These would explain the architectural styles and details that we see when carrying out Building Surveys. We are also happy to walk a client around an area that we know as well as explaining the results of the structural survey of their house, office or shop.
Borough Market is situated in South London and is a retail / wholesale specialist food market.
Borough market is considered to be one of the finest food markets in the country and as such has won various awards in the past including London Food Market of the Year.
B: BLUE PLAQUE
Borough market has been awarded a Blue Southwark Heritage plaque to mark its place in history as the oldest fruit and vegetable market in London . The award was voted by the people of Southwark. The plaque is one of fifty four issued over a period of seven years to outstanding places or people in Southwark.
C: CHEESE HEAVEN
Borough Market is known far and wide for its array of different cheeses and cheese producers from all over the UK . Most of the cheese makers use traditional techniques to produce the tastiest of cheeses!
Sadly some parts of Borough Market and some historic buildings in the surrounding area have had to be demolished to make way for the Thameslink programme. Upper floors needed to be removed on both the Wheatsheaf pub and the Market Building in Bedale Street allowing for the construction of the railway bridge above them.
Borough market is much more than just a food market. It regularly hosts events and demonstrations under its roof. In the past such events have included ‘Choc's Away' which was a chocolate based tea party event to raise money for The Sick Childrens Charity. There have also been events and demonstrations aimed at celebrating important days at home and abroad such as St George's Day, Anzac Day, Independence Day and Bastille Day. The market regularly invites guest chefs to demonstrate their skills in the market kitchen.
The variety of food available at the market is phenomenal. The produce on offer is both British and International. There are stalls selling everything from cheese and chutneys to pies and pates. You can also find the more unusual culinary delights at Borough market including Zebra, Ostrich and Crocodile meat. The traders at Borough Market put as much effort into displaying their wares as they do to producing them so everything looks as good as it tastes!
G: GREEN DRAGON COURT
Green Dragon Court is named after a historical building that once stood there. It is now the link to Borough Market from the High street. Outside of Green Dragon Court are six conical shaped bollards that have been given Listed status.
There has been food bought and sold in the area of London Bridge for over a thousand years. In the 1300's an official market was formed in Borough High street and has remained close to the area of London bridge ever since.
I: INDEPENDENT SURVEYORS
As Independent Surveyors we have carried out a variety of different surveys in the Southwark area of London including Residential Building Surveys and also Commercial Surveys. If you are buying a house or business in and around the Southwark area then call us for a truly independent opinion, we are not influenced by Banks, Building Societies or Estate Agents!
J: JUBILEE MARKET
The Jubilee market area is a covered extension to the main part of Borough Market. This area is classed as the raw food area and traders sell a range of fruit and vegetable and also juices and vegan specialities. The roof in this area has been constructed from the material used for the Eden Project and also the Beijing Water Cube and gives lots of natural light to the market. As Surveyors we regularly come across properties with roof problems. These can include flat roofs with no insulation and ponding on the surface of the roof and also Butterfly roofs that have issues where the valley gutter in the centre has become blocked.
Borough Market is comitted to introducing children to healthy sustainable methods of growing and eating food. Local school children are given seeds and instruction on how to grow and how to care for their own fruits and vegetables. The plants are then planted in the school grounds until the fruits and vegetables are fully grown. Once picked the children then get the opportunity to sell their produce at the market where all proceeds are then given to the School Food Matters scheme. This scheme hopes to ensure that all school children are able to eat healthy nutrious meals whilst at school.
L: LONDON BRIDGE
Borough market is located at the southern end of London Bridge in Southwark. The current box girder bridge built in 1971 with its steel and concrete construction replaces various bridges that have spanned the River Thames since the first timber one was built in Roman times.
M: MARKET OPENING TIMES
Borough Market opens mainly as a wholesale market from Monday to Wednesday with the Green area of the market opening at lunch times. The whole market is open Thursdays 11am - 5pm, Fridays 12pm - 6pm and Saturdays 8am - 5pm and closed Sundays.
N: NEARBY ATTRACTIONS AND FACILITIES
Borough Market is close to many places of interest including the London Bridge Experience, the Clink Museum , Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Southwark Cathedral. We have included other places of interest for you to visit at the end of the article.
0: OLYMPICS 2012
The 2012 Summer Olympics and the Paralympics were hosted in London . The Summer Olympic Games is the biggest major sports tournament in the world. Held every four years host countries have included the U.S.A, Russia , Australia , Spain , France , Greece and Germany.
There are many pubs in the area of Borough Market but two of the best known in the area are The Wheatsheaf and The Globe. The Wheatsheaf has now sadly closed, possibly only temporarily, due to work being carried out to the Thameslink but the New Wheatsheaf has opened around the corner in the vaults of the old Hop Exchange. The Globe is located on Bedale Street and is a gothic style design built in 1872. The flat above the pub was famously used for the exterior shots of Bridget's flat in the movie Bridget Jones Diary. Over the years we have carried out many Commercial Building Surveys on Public Houses both freehold and leasehold in the form of Schedules of Condition and Property Reports.
Q: QUICK WALK FROM LONDON BRIDGE STATION
Borough Market is only a quick few minutes' walk from London Bridge Station. You will find the market on Southwark Street and Borough high Street near Southwark Cathedral.
R: RAIL LINK
The controversial Thameslink that literally passes through the market area has been carried out to improve the mainline service through the centre of London with the overground train frequency expected to eventually be on par with the tube. The massive engineering project has cost £6 billion to put into operation.
S: SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL
Borough Market is located to the south of The Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St Saviour and St Mary Overie or Southwark Cathedral as it is more commonly referred to. The Cathedral is located close to London Bridge on the banks of the River Thames. Our Surveyors have carried out surveys on many places of worship. The roofs on these buildings can often have problems and we have carried out Specific Defect Reports with regard to these issues.
Tourism now plays a huge part in the success of Borough Market. Visitors come from far and wide to visit this popular food market that up until quite recently was more of a local market to the Londoners living nearby. London is always a favourite tourist attraction which has been boosted by the Diamond Jubilee and the Summer Olympics Games and the Paralympic Games of 2012. Borough Market is one of a number of markets that attract the tourists to London. Other popular markets include Petticoat Lane, Brick Lane, Camden Market and Portobello Road.
The London Underground is one of the largest and busiest train systems in the world. There are 75 lines running within it and it serves 275 stations. The Tube as it is also known, because of the tube shaped tunnels that the trains use to navigate around London , is the easiest way for tourists to see the Capital. Underground Stations close to Borough Market are London Bridge Station and Borough Station.
A new twin tracked viaduct has been put in place alongside the existing borough viaduct therefore doubling the amount of train tracks and increasing the train service. This has the knock on effect of reducing delays for passengers. Also in place is the striking new bridge with its tubular steel trusses that now spans Borough High Street.
W: WALK - CULTURAL
The Cultural Walk in London is a three hour free tour of the south bank of London . There are many landmarks to be seen, both modern and historical including Borough market, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern Art Gallery
X: XMAS IN LONDON
London is famous for its Christmas Lights that usually get switched on by a favourite celebrity every year. Regents Street and Oxford Street become filled with people waiting for what has become a special occasion.
Y: YEARLY EVENTS
Borough Market holds yearly events including the Real Food Festival that showcases the sustainability and ethical produce of food. The market also holds events to celebrate Christmas and Burns Night.
Borough Market is located inside the Congestion Zone so charges will apply if you drive into London.
Borough market is very easy to reach via public transport both by train and by bus and even by boat down the River Thames!
Borough by Train / The Tube - There are two London Stations within walking distance of the market.
1. London Bridge station is 5 minutes' walk from Borough Market
2. Borough station is 7 minutes' walk from Borough Market.
Borough Market by Bus – There are many buses that stop at Borough Market, these include; 17, 501, 521, 21, 35, 40, 43, 47, 133, 149, 343, 381
2 Willow Road in Hampstead - This is a unique modernist home .
Fenton House in Hampstead - A beautiful 17 th Century Merchants House.
George Inn - The last galleried inn left in London .
Carlyle House in Chelsea - The home of Historian Thomas Carlyle.
Sutton House in Hackney - A grade II Listed Tudor House
The Pump House, Battersea Park
Westminster College Chapel, Wandsworth
Sir Walter St Johns Grammar School , Wandsworth
The White Lion Public House, Wandsworth
St Mary Spital Charnel House, Spitalfields.
Blue Plaque at 91 Ashfield Street , Whitechapel. The founder of Tesco Sir Jack Cohen (1898 – 1979) grew up here.
Jewel Tower, Westminster .
Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner.
Apsley House, Hyde Park Corner
We hope you enjoyed our article on Borough Market and our comments from an Independent Surveyors point of view. Here are some links to some other articles that we have written and that may be of interest you.
We survey buildings in South London. Our independent surveyors are experienced and qualified and produce high quality surveys including Structural surveys, Building surveys and valuations on both residential and commercial properties. We use surveyors who are experienced with old properties, many having direct hands on experience of working on listed buildings. Equally we understand newer construction, it may look the same to the untrained eye but performs very differently and we would say is built to a price not a quality standard. We also survey buildings that have been altered and extended both with and without planning permission and building regulations. We solve and deal with building disputes and can also help you with your extension and alteration design work.
If you are purchasing a property in South London please ensure that you have a Building Survey carried out on it. A Building Survey, prepared by a Chartered Building Surveyor could literally save you thousands of pounds. The survey only needs to uncover one potential problem with the property and the cost of the building survey is more than recovered.
If you book a building survey in South London with 1st Associated Surveyors you will find that we take great pride in the quality of our building survey and produce a very detailed building survey report, whether it be for a residential property or a commercial property. We use plain English in our building surveys to explain any problems with the property to ensure that you understand the problems and how to resolve them.
We are independent surveyors who carry out building surveys in South London. We are independent of any lender or bank or mortgage company. When we are surveying a property we are working for you, not them. This means we are working towards your best interests. We want to ensure that your property investment is sound and that you are receiving value for money.
We are independent building surveyors that operate throughout the UK. As building surveyors we are often asked to work on not only a residential building survey but also a boundary walls dispute survey or or a specific defects survey if you have a problem with dampness or cracking in your property for example.
We are also commercial building surveyors, we can provide schedule of condition survey, property report, dilapidations report and a commercial building survey - our independent
building surveyors have the skills and experience to save you money on your commercial building purchase.
We have a wealth of experience in providing Building Surveys to make sure you are buying the right property and providing market Valuations to ensure that you are buying the property at the right price. If you have any particular property problems we can carry out a Specific Defects Report.
Call us today on free phone 0800 298 5424 to discuss the services we offer. We are more than happy to talk about what the Building Surveys involve, these are also sometimes known as Structural Surveys or Engineers Reports.
Whilst most of this is written from local knowledge of the area, here are some websites that we think may interest you, some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this. We are only human so if there are any amendments or additions or updates we would be pleased to receive your feedback so we can keep our website up to date.
visitlondon.com, english-heritage.org.uk, nationaltrust.org.uk, londontown.com, alondonguide.com, networkrail.co.uk, visitthecity.co.uk, tourlondon.com. boroughmarket.org.uk