Borough Market's Three Crown Square Re-Opened
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall have officially re-opened London's Borough Market and the historic Three Crown Square market hall.
The Royal visit on Thursday 14th February comes as the Market sees the end of three years of construction work from the Borough viaduct - Thames Link project, works which saw traders temporarily re-located and Three Crown Square dismantled to make way for the viaduct.
A testing time for the market but thanks to the commitment of traders and customers alike not a single day's trading was lost during this time.
The Royal couple took a tour of London's oldest food market, including the newly restored market space, meeting some of the longstanding employees and traders whilst browsing the fresh produce on offer in the new layout before enjoying a traditional cup of tea at Maria's Market Café.
A blessing of the Market by the Dean of Southwark Cathedral then followed before the Prince rang the newly installed Market Bell to signify the start of the trading day and officially open the market, a tradition that dates back to the Market's origins in the 1750's.
Donald Hyslop, Chair of the Trustees of Borough Market said:
"Borough Market has adapted to meet the needs of Londoners for hundreds of years and continues to do so. The re-opening of Three Crown Square signifies the next chapter in our long and rich history - providing a world-class, ingredient led, market space to meet the needs of a 21st Century London, whilst staying true to our unique identity."