Borough Market is Paradise for people who seriously love food and all the other items that go along with food.
And it’s a place where foodies can show their support for the traders and producers in the community, which are people from all over the world.
Borough Market can trace its history all the way back to the 11th century!
And in our modern times, Borough Market has everything you can possibly imagine that’s related to food – fruits, vegetables, breads, confectionaries, dairy products, meats, poultry, game, seafood, fish, oils, spices, condiments, kitchenware, tableware, accessories, clothing, art, lunch vendors, cafés…you name it, they have it.
And those who do business at Borough Market are committed to keeping its reputation as a place where the best quality items can be found.
These are the reasons why professional chefs, restaurateurs, those who cook for fun, and those who enjoy eating adventures, all love to shop at Borough Market.
And with so many things to discover, there’s no way you can see everything in just one visit.
This is the kind of place you could visit over and over again!
It can trace its history all the way back to the 7th century - that’s 400 years older than Borough Market! Over the centuries, Southwark Cathedral has gone through SO many changes and there are SO many interesting stories about its history. I’ll give you just a few of the highlights that I learned about.
William Shakespeare’s brother, Edmond Shakespeare, is buried at Southwark Cathedral. I also learned that the cathedral has many ties to America, which is interesting to me, of course, because I’m American.
John Harvard, who came to America from England and who is the person that Harvard University in Massachusetts is named after, was born in Southwark and baptized at the cathedral when he was a baby in 1607.
Back then, the cathedral was called St. Savior’s. There is also a Harvard Chapel at Southwark Cathedral, which is named in honor of John Harvard. In 1905, the American Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Joseph Hodges Choate, donated the stained glass window of Jesus being baptized by John the Baptist, which is hanging in the Harvard Chapel.
And that stained glass window was created by an American artist named John La Farge. The Southwark Cathedral’s Hammerstein Canters are named after the famous American, Oscar Hammerstein, who created some of America’s most popular musicals. (Canters is another name for members of a church choir.)
Hammerstein came to Southwark Cathedral to listen to their boys choir, and he made donations to the choir to help them with expenses.
So the cathedral honored him by renaming the choir. There are a lot of other great stories about the cathedral’s history, so if you really like history and you want to know more, you can visit their website, and maybe even visit the Southwark Cathedral one day.