Spring into season this May at Borough Market with Al Fresco dining, extended Sunday trading and market master crafts


This May there is plenty to see and do at London’s world-famous Borough Market, including spending the warmer evenings enjoying al fresco dining and discovering artisan crafts, as part of the larger London Craft Week. There will also be even more reason to visit on Sundays, as a number of restaurants announce extended hours.

Borough Market’s Al Fresco dining setting re-opens from 4th May with a selection of its favourite restaurants and Borough Market Kitchen traders offering a relaxed and unique dining experience under the atmospheric archways of the Market, perfect for enjoying the long summer evenings to come. More than 20 Market traders and restaurants will be setting up tables in designated dining spaces in Borough Market Kitchen and Three Crown Square every Wednesday – Saturday, after the Market closes (please check individual opening times). Those taking part include Brindisa, Padella, Applebee’s, 26 Grains, Bao, Elliot’s, Wright Bros, Gourmet Goat, Mei Mei, Padre, Shuk and Humble Crumble.

On 12th May, Borough Market will be taking part in the wider London Craft Week by holding Market Master Crafts, a day of demonstrations and tours led by cookery writer Jenny Chandler, showing off the best artisan craftmanship at the Market. There will be workshops at the Borough Market Store including letter press printing with Pete Gibbons, art from Rosie Brooks and knife skills from the Borough Kitchen. Morning and afternoon tours will include demonstrations including Butchery with Ginger Pig; Cheese selection and maturation with Borough Cheese Company; The craft of the ‘cortadora de jamón’ with Brindisa; and oyster shucking at Furness Fish.

Following the success of the Market opening on Sundays for traders to sell their high quality, sustainable fresh produce to the local community, Borough Market Kitchen will be joining fresh produce traders in opening seven days per week. Expect empanadas and steak sandwiches from Portena, oysters from Richard Hayward Oysters and many varied delights from Borough Market Kitchen stalls.

Jane Swift, Chief Executive Officer at Borough Market said: “May is an exciting month for us at Borough Market. As the days are getting longer and warmer, we are looking forward to welcoming diners back to our al fresco setting in the heart of Borough Market. Dining under our historic arches is a truly unique way to enjoy our excellent produce and showcase the eclectic flavours cooked and served by the Market’s restaurants. We’re also excited to showcase some of our traders’ artisan skills as part of London Craft Week, which will allow them to show the hard work that goes into producing such top-quality produce.”

For more information on visiting Borough Market in May, visit: https://boroughmarket.org.uk/