I went to Borough today with the purpose of visiting Borough Market. On my way to the Market I passed Haig House, the headquarters of the British Legion - it was apt because this weekend the annual Poppy Day Appeal started. This Southwark First World War Memorial is just along the road.
I bought a Polish rye and caraway loaf, some Portabella mushrooms and some raspberries. I would have liked to poke around much more but the crowds were uncomfortable so I wandered off, took a wrong turning (not very wrong) and stumbled across this wonderful building - the Old Hop Exchange.
The building was opened in 1867 and served as the centre for hop trading for the brewing industry - the hops were brought up from Kent by river or rail (London Bridge Station is just yards away). Its not clear (until you click on the photograph to enlarge it) that the wrought iron gates are all hops, and the carvings at the top of the stone columns are also hops.