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Leadenhall Market, London

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Leadenhall Market is a covered market in London, located on Gracechurch Street but with vehicular access also available via Whittington Avenue to the north and Lime Street to the south and east, and additional pedestrian access via a number of narrow passageways.It is one of the oldest markets in London, dating from the 14th century, and is located in the historic centre of the City of London financial district.HistoryThe market dates from the 14th century. It is typically open weekdays from 10 am until 6 pm, and primarily sells fresh food; among the vendors there are cheesemongers, butchers and florists. Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London. A number of commercial retailers are also located in the market, including clothes shops and a pen shop.The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets), make Leadenhall Market a tourist attraction.The main entrance to the market is on Gracechurch Street. The double height entrance is flanked by tall, narrow gabled red brick and Portland stone blocks in a C17 Dutch style. The adjacent buildings to the south have a continuous retail frontage which is punctuated by narrow entrances to pedestrian ways into the market.
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  • August 19, 2017
    This market has real character. Busy with tourists and locals. Lots of bars, restraunts, cafes and more.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Coming here as part of my Harry Potter itinerary. The place has unique design and interesting shops. Coming here during lunch so the place is considerably packed with people. It was a bit hard to loca...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Leadenhall Market is an amazing piece of restored Victorian architecture. Not only is a great chance to carry out some retail therapy, but also enjoy the pubs and restaurants, and sit and imagine how ...  more »
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  • Are you really going to read this review? Is there anything I can say that could possibly add to one of London's best known, most picturesque, destinations? I think you already know if you want to stop here, so here's a quick summary.... Leadenhall is exactly as gorgeous and photo worthy as you've been told. Definitely worth a visit, browse through the shops, find a decent pint, and marvel at the architecture. Be sure not to miss the brutal​ industrial beauty of the Lloyd's building, just around the corner.
  • A must for any tourist walk in the city, this beautiful market offers a glimpse on what the area used to look like. Most shops and restaurants there these days are chains but it still offers great atmosphere. Harry Potter fans stop as well.
  • So so cute! There are nice restaurant (my favourite is the Italian place), tiny little shops and the whole atmosphere just brings you bag years ago and you feel like you are living in a movie
  • Architecturally one of my favourites in London. Great selection of shops, boozers and restaurants. A lot of takeaways seem to have taken a foothold (bit like weeds on a path). I hope they keep the numbers in check otherwise there's little point in going there for browsing
  • Lovely old market hall in the city, has many really nice places to eat drink and shop within, it's just a shame there are so many really RUDE investment banker people use the place thinking they have a God's given right... Spoils it for the tourists....

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