borough market

To make his dinner, E knew exactly where he wanted to go to get top quality ingredients - Borough Market.

Neither of us had ever been before, which we had recently scolded for by our friends who love it there and go nearly every weekend.

The market itself is covered, which is a good thing in rainy London, and is heaven for foodies with pretty much anything you could want on offer, from the best parma ham to foie gras to live lobster. (All of which we bought for the meal.)

There is also a huge selection of cheeses (I'm still dreaming of the comté I tasted but sadly did not take home with me), and the most beautiful produce.

I also grabbed lunch there, a hot place of paella with seafood, chicken and chorizo - it hit the spot.

I refuelled from the shopping with a flat white from the famous

Monmouth coffee

- can you get a smoother coffee than this?

I should mention that although the market is wonderful, the goods they sell are not cheap. Not ridiculously expensive, but definitely not somewhere we would do our weekly shopping in. However, it is the perfect spot to pick up quality and rare ingredients for a special occasion.

Now that we know what it's like, I can see us popping in from time to time to satisfy our indulgent culinary needs!