How To Eat Everything At Borough Market For Only £20

Another slice of cheese, or another oyster? Or a third scoop of gelato? Oh, choices, choices!

1. This is London’s Borough Market. It’s likely the best farmer’s market you’ve ever been to.

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2. And also the best food market you’ve ever been to.

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3. The smells are overpowering in the best way possible. Meats, pies, fish, cheeses, and desserts — all coming together in an amazing way.

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4. When you visit, there’s going to be a lot you’ve never seen before. Just take it all in.

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5. If you’re visiting Borough Market for the first time, your goal should be to try as much as possible while staying on a budget — otherwise, you could spend a small fortune here.

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Also worth noting: There are free samples everywhere — you could eat an entire meal in samples if you wanted to.

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6. I came in with £20 (about $32), and attempted to eat as much as I could. Here’s how I did:

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7. Steak and Gravy Pie — £3.50

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I started with one of these: warm and flaky on the outside, steaming hot and thick on the inside. They’ve got pies of all kinds at the market: steak, chicken, sausage. You can’t go wrong.

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8. Green Olive & Cheese Stick — £2

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I couldn’t resist: big chunks of olives inside, and that melted cheese on the outside. And it paired amazingly with…

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9. Slice of Comtè cheese — £3.90

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I asked for the thinest slice they could give me, and it still ended up being the most expensive thing in my budget. But that cheese — I’ve never had anything like that before. My one Borough Market regret is not doing this £20 experiment all over again, but only with cheese.

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10. Rock oyster – £1.50

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Oysters cost £1.50 each at the market, and I slurped one down with a little Tabasco and some white wine vinaigrette. Really tasty.

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11. Fried plantains — £1.50

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At this point in my budget — already halfway through my £20 note — I started looking for bargains. These came straight out of the fryer, three to a bag. Worth it.

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12. Fudge — £1.60

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OK, OK, a second Borough Market regret: Not getting more fudge. I went for vanilla and chocolate, but I could’ve easily spent £40 trying every fudge on display.

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13. Sausage on a stick — £1.50

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One delicious sausage, and at a real bargain. (Getting the regular portion of sausage — two sausages on a roll — cost £5.)

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14. Gelato — £3.20

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Forget everything I said before. Forget the pie, forget the cheese, forget the fudge — there is nothing at Borough Market that even remotely compares to the gelato. I got two small scoops: mint chocolate chip and a Kinder-flavored gelato, which would’ve been enough. But then they loaded the inside of my cone with Nutella from a Nutella fountain. (Read those words again: NUTELLA FOUNTAIN.) And then they topped it off with a giant wafer. I have never handed over money as quickly as I handed over the money for that gelato.

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15. Croissant with Orange Syrup — £1.20

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It seemed insane — almost disrespectful — to eat anything after the gelato. But I’d promised my editor that I’d eat £20 of food, and I wasn’t about to come up £1.30 short. (Besides, what kind of post promises to feed you at Borough Market on £18.70?) The croissant was good, but if I’d had another 20 pence, I could’ve gotten one with chocolate filling. Oh well.

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16. Sadly, I didn’t get a chance to eat everything. But I did eat a lot.

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These curries smelled fantastic, but they’ll have to wait for another trip.

In the end, I ate: 1 pie, 1 giant stick of bread, 1 huge wedge of cheese, 1 oyster, 3 fried plantains, 2 chunks of fudge, 1 sausage, 2 scoops of gelato, and 1 croissant — all for £19.90.

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17. Give Borough Market a visit and see what you can get for £20. Happy eating!

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