An updated user’s guide to shopping at Borough Market during Covid-19
Borough Market is open from Monday to Saturday, with the usual trading hours. If you live near the Market or are still required to come to work in the vicinity, we are well stocked with fresh produce, groceries and other essential foods. We now have hot food avaialble for takeaway from our Borough Market Kitchen traders, Thursday–Saturday.
In line with the government guidelines we continue to operate with social distancing measures. During peak times you may have to queue to access the Market and will be asked to move on after you have finished shopping. We kindly ask that you do not congregate at the Market and consume your food and drinks offsite. We ask is that you adhere to these simple guidelines, designed to ensure that this remains a safe place to shop and work. We are all in this together, and we each have a vital role to play. Here’s a quick guide:
— All areas of the Market are now open with social distancing guidelines in place (full details of the layout of the Market below)
— If we’re busy, you may be asked to queue to enter the Market, so please be patient.
— The Market is open every day of the week apart from Sunday. To keep weekend numbers at a manageable level, it would be very helpful if you could come to do your shopping on any day other than Saturday.
— You may find staff asking you to keep a safe distance apart from each other. There are markings on the ground to help you do this when queuing. If a stand gets too busy, you may be asked to come back when it’s less crowded.
— You’ll be asked to come, shop and be responsible. Service will be friendly but fast. Our traders usually love a chat, and they will again in the future, but for now speed and safety are of the essence.
— If you're cycling to the Market you can find bike racks to the north of Floral Hall (Stoney Street). We politely ask that bikes, scooters, rollerskates and alike are not ridden through the Market. Customers may fold and carry folded bikes in the Market.
— All communal seating has been removed. Please don’t linger to eat anything you buy here, no matter how nice a day it is. Enjoy it at home instead.
— Please don’t come in groups any larger than strictly necessary for you to buy the essentials you need. The fewer bodies here, the safer everyone will be.
— Please pay with cards if at all possible.
— In addition to our usual extensive cleaning practices, particular attention will be taken to ensure touch points, including door handles and table surfaces, are wiped thoroughly with disinfectant.
— We are encouraging the use of paper and cotton bags and packaging wherever possible, as evidence suggests the virus remains viable for less time on porous surfaces than it does on plastic.
— Please try not to pick up and put down items of produce while you are shopping. Most importantly, ensure that you wash any uncovered purchases when you get home, and—of course—wash your hands thoroughly before and during cooking.
— Usually we would be happy for people to bring reusable cups and containers, but for now we would ask you to refrain from doing so.
— Keep your distance, but be kind and don’t be afraid to share a nod and a smile.
While it is of course vitally important that you avoid unnecessary travel, our small, independent traders can provide you with the essentials you need to get you through these tough times. They in turn will be hugely appreciative of your support.
Our delivery service, Borough Market Online, offers an alternative way for customers to access Market produce. The option of a doorstep drop service allows it to be received without contact with couriers.
The majority of our traders are now operating as usual in the Market. Below, is a daily breakdown of which areas of Borough Market are open. For a map of the Market, click here.
Three Crown Square – main produce Market area.
Green Market – located off Bedale Street (by Southwark Cathedral).
Borough Market Kitchen in Jubilee Place – located off Winchester Walk (north of the main produce Market area).