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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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  • A stroll worth visiting. The architecture of the 19th is beautiful, used for filming (including Harry Potter). The shops are simple, nothing fancy for sale but their decoration is superb.
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  • As a Harry Potter fan, had to visit Leadenhall where Diagon Alley took place in the film. What an ornate place, Victorian in style and open. I was surprised that there were hardly any people visiting ...  more »
  • In the heart of the business district of London, no one knows why, a wonderful market covered, small but very cute, which is worth a visit, especially for fans of Harry Potter where scenes there have been filmed (side road). A beautiful discovery on our route between Tower bridge and St. Paul cathedral
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  • Aside from it being a location filmed for the Harry Potter films, Leadenhall Market has that old world feel to it, similar to the arcades of decades past. The pub, food and general store selection is on the posh side, but if you find what you are looking for there, it was worth the trip. During the afternoons, it gets very busy there and it's general location seems "hidden" from the world. If you love hidden places in big cities, stroll on over and have some fun. My only regret is not being able to visit during Christmas time as I know how beautiful it can be.
  • Great place to go to eat drink or shop. This place is oozing with history and the structure of the roof makes it really special. Lots of really interesting places to eat with a wide variety of food options. Shopping is quite pricey as you would expect. Drinking in the evenings after work draws large crowds and has a god atmosphere.
  • Where: Leadenhall Market - London, UK What: A fancy indoor market How was it: This is one of those places that we stumbled upon. We didn't know about it and found it by chance walking in the area. The really cool looking structure attracted us. So we went in and explored more. Grade: Eli = 5, Serge = 5 Recommend: Yeah, really cool place.
  • Beautiful market place in the City of London that's filled with cafes and shops, Leadenhall is probably one of my favourite markets in London. I love the colour and the striking tone of its architecture. Leadenhall was originally a meat market, situated right in the centre of Roman London. Since the Great Fire, the market has been rebuilt. The Victorian version of Leadenhall is today a heritage listed building in London. Today, Leadenhall is a mix of chic retail, bars and restaurants. It is also a popular movie location, the famous of them all Harry Potter. For what it’s worth, I love it because of the high ceiling beauty of the arcade, the grandness and the sheer style of the place. This would be my idea of a perfect hangout spot.
  • Great place to visit. Great history. Plus lovely restaurants, bars and up market shops being in the city. Also harry potter scene filmed here.