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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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  • The architecture is really beautiful! In terms of shopping, you need the monies, its an expensive place. Also there is part here which was used in the Harry Potter films, Bull's Head Passage.  more »
  • The place has the look of an old Victorian style market but was actually built in 1990. It's cute, but small and not much of a market. A few expensive shops and pubs. We took a few pictures because we...  more »
  • A great part of London that has kept the architecture of the Victorian Market. It is actually now changed to a Upmarket eating area and retained little of the products of the original Market.  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....