Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market has the ring of a pretty grey place…

So you might be surprised to learn it’s actually incredibly beautiful – a network of lofty Victorian pathways, filled with a treasury of bars, restaurants and shops.

You’ll find it in what was once the centre of Roman London. And what is now nearish Bank. As a market, it’s existed since 1321, beginning life solely selling meat. In fact, if you look close enough, you can still spy the hooks, once used for stringing up produce, dotted amongst the shop fronts. Since then however it’s undergone a whole load of changes, most significantly after The Great Fire of London, when necessary repairs turned it from an open air market to being covered for the first time. It now sports a rather grandiose interior: deep greens and scarlet shop fronts with gold leaf lettering, hanging street lanterns, and an ornately painted iron and glass roof – the combination of which has earned it many a Hollywood role, including in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the bit where Hagrid and Harry walk through Diagon Alley into the Leaky Cauldron Pub).

Leadenhall Market


Included amongst the many shops are skincare soldiers Skinology; wax jacket wizards Barbour; Oliver Sweeney; Waterstones and more. Food and drinks comes courtesy of Cheese, the… cheese shop (and restaurant); Brokers Wine Bar; Luc’s Brasserie; Osteria del Mercato for Italian; and Chamberlain’s for fresh fish…

…offering some fin for everyone.


NOTE: Leadenhall Market is best experienced in the week, with a lot of places closed on the weekend. For a full list of what to find there or for exact opening times, visit their website here.

Leadenhall Market | Gracechurch Street, EC3V 1LT

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Leadenhall Market

Gracechurch Street, Bank, Bank, EC3V 1LT
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