Borough Market

Wednesday, 25 February 2015


One fine Thursday morning two weeks ago, I woke up very early with my camera and a good book in my hand and took the tube to London Bridge for a much needed me-day. The best way to start the day naturally is with a stack of pancakes, and usually if i'm on my own i avoid eating out because i get super self conscious and worry that people think I've been stood up, however i was determined to get a huge fluffy stack of The Breakfast Club's Bacon Pancakes, so i walked past three times before summoning up the courage to say, "Just one please" with an air of false indifference. The waitress sat me down in a little corner and as i glanced around looking at couples and business people chattering over their food i thought "shit shit shitty shit, why am I eating alone oh my gawd" but after ordering a flat white and bringing out my book of choice (It was 'Things Fall Apart' by Chinua Achebe) i felt a little more at ease. And when the pancakes arrived, i happily shoveled forkfuls into my mouth whilst wondering what would happen next in Umuofia.

Afterwards I went to the infamous Borough Market, and what a treat it was! So many colours, textures, scents and goods! I walked around once taking everything all in before deciding to bring out my camera and happily snap away whilst taking time to buy a few Meringues, Macarons and Cacti (a girl's gotta treat herself ok!). I wholeheartedly recommend taking a trip to Borough, for the energy alone if not for all the delicious treats.

And I wholeheartedly recommend you taking yourself out for pancakes, or waffles, or whatever breakfast fare your heart desires. It's good to treat yourself sometimes.

Have a lovely week and let me know what you're all getting up to! 

x

16 comments:

  1. It can be nice going to eat by yourself with a good book! I love these photos Sade, I used to volunteer in Southwark Cathedral so would go to Borough Market all the time and I miss it...definitely due a trip back I think x

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  2. It's funny whenever I travel I find it easier to dine out alone - I can pretend I'm some mysterious foreigner lool, but I've yet to summon the courage to do that in London, sitting alone with a mocha and a good book I've got down, but I've yet to treat myself to some good food alone, although reading about those bacon pancakes, I may just do that soon! I'm a long time lurker of your blog, love reading about what you get up to :) Dorcas

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  3. Going out alone was something I enjoyed doing when I first moved back to Nigeria. I didn't really care if anyone stared at me, but I wasn't going to sit at home and deprive myself of good food or entertainment :)

    Lovely pictures btw.

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  4. What a gorgeous collection of photographs :) Truly a treat. Sounds so nice that you went out to have a "me- day", for me, those kind of days are spent at home, I never thought about spending it outside, which I will no be taking into account in the future. I too get self conscience eating alone. I get self conscience being alone shopping, eating, etc. When I'm walking past a busy city that's fine, or if I'm somewhere isolated I feel comfortable. Thanks for sharing this lovely post :)
    It'sMyLife

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  5. Sounds like a great day. I deffo think it is important to have ne days!!

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  6. I love borough market, always has such an awesome array of food x

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  7. Lovely pictures btw.. and personally i really don't mind dining alone because honestly I prefer it that way.
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  8. I love the photos! Borough Market I used to live around there, really nice place to eat and in summer is lovely to eat there and then go for a walk :)

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  9. I love going out alone...I get to be selfish and enjoy some "me" time.

    Love the pictures :)

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  10. I think I like the idea of "taking it all in" before delving into a picture snapping frenzy. It's something Ive thought about a couple of times. If I have to worry about documenting, would I get the chance to actually live in that moment? But taking something from your post, the pictures can come a bit after you've settled into the moment. Right?

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  11. I LOVE having me days - I head up to the south bank early walk over to Embankment grab a coffee and sit in the gardens to chill for a bit with my camera and a book. After that I usually walk to the Tate over the wobbly bridge and have a bit of a mooch until walking down the South Bank camera in hand ready to take in the book market before a late breakfast/early lunch at one of the many available eateries. The best thing about being alone and this may seem anti-social is you do not have to speak to anyone unless asking for something to eat or drink!!!

    Your 'me day' looks fabulous Borough Market is another love of mine - apparently there is another market just around the corner that does amazing food and now there is London Grind (the new branch of Shoreditch Grind) best coffee in London!

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  12. Aww your day sounds so good. I totally get that initial sense of awkwardness when you take yourself for lunch but its so nice to treat yourself. I love being in my own company at home so why not out for lunch? When I first started working in a cafe I was so surprised at the amount of people that came in regularly to have a coffee or a light bite all alone. Also - Chinua Achebe is a top notch writer!! Enjoy reading the book :)

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  13. Everyone seems to be going to Borough Market lately and I have never been; despite being a Londoner. Such a great post - I must visit soon!

    Ashleigh | Being Ashleigh Blog

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  14. Absolutely lovely photos!
    Ive really been enjoying reading your blog over the past coutlet months so I wrote a little something about you on my blog, if you'd like to check it out: http://leslieisaunicorn.blogspot.co.uk

    Have a lovely day!

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  15. Borough Market is literally on my doorstep cant believe Ive never been! Love your pics, looks like an awesome place to be especially once the warm weather kicks in!

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