While London’s oldest food market has been located around this triangular site since the 13th century at least (some say 1014, some even earlier), the present Borough Market building is a more recent addition to the land beneath the railway arches just west of London Bridge station and adjacent to Southwark Cathedral. It was designed in 1851 by Henry Rose, with further work in the 1860s by Edward Habershon. Both architects were mainly associated with ecclesiastical structures, which explains the tall, narrow, ‘Neo-Gothic’ proportions of the market buildings and its elaborate wrought ironwork. An Art Deco-style entrance was added on Southwark Street in 1932.
The post-war years saw the market fall into decline, which continued until the late 20th century when a rapid renaissance took place, in parallel with redevelopments of the nearby riverside (known as Bankside, and including Clink Street, Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern). A major refurbishment of Borough Market’s buildings began in 2001, including the erection of the Grade II-listed South Portico from the Floral Hall, which was previously at Covent Garden, dismantled when the Royal Opera House was reconstructed in the 1990s. Borough Market is now one of the most popular markets in London, with over 100 stalls selling gourmet food from near and far, to native Londoners and visiting tourists alike.
London-born DJ, producer and radio-presenter Throwing Shade, aka Nabihah Iqbal, released her debut record on Kassem Mosse’s Ominira imprint in 2013, and has subsequently released music – which has variously been described a ‘cosmic r&b’ and ‘digital soul’ – for No Pain In Pop, Happy Skull, and most recently, Ninja Tune. After completing an MPhil in African History at Cambridge University, she spent six months working as a human rights lawyer in South Africa before turning her passion for music into a full-time career.
Utilising knowledge gleaned from her Ethnomusicology degree from SOAS, London, Nabihah also presents a fortnightly music show on NTS Radio. She has twice been commissioned by Tate: composing a work in response to the 2014 Turner Prize, and in 2017, collaborating with the artist Wolfgang Tillmans on his Tate Tanks live performance programme. She scored her first film soundtrack for On A Clear Day (2017) by Belgian director, Robbrecht Desmet.