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London is home to multiple, incredible markets, attracting shoppers from all across the globe.

Yet Leadenhall Market is slightly different and, unless you're a Harry Potter fan, you may not even know it exists!

To find out more about Leadenhall Market, including how to get there, read our post below.

What is Leadenhall Market?

Located in the City of London, Leadenhall Market is a true treasure - although not a market as we imagine today. 

Established back in the 14th century, traditionally, this was a meat, game, and poultry market and sat at approximately the center of the old Roman city.

Today it is slightly more upscale and many people come to admire its beauty, with the wonderful glass roof and other beautiful architectural designs.

Leadenhall's main draw is the ornate rooftop, as well as the cobbled floors, which were designed in 1881 and are nearly all original, although there was some redecoration done in the 1990s.

Rather than a group of stalls, Leadenhall is home to a number of permanent shops and restaurants.

Today it is also known to Harry Potter enthusiasts as the location of the Leaky Cauldron!

Find out more on our post about Harry Potter in Leadenhall.

Leadenhall Market is open 7 days a week to walk through and explore, however shop, restaurant, and bar opening times vary.

Find out more here.

Things to Do at Leadenhall Market

Go Shopping

This one is obvious, but Leadenhall Market is full of shops just waiting for you to explore!

From fashions to home goods, cigars to flowers, and books to shoes you can find almost anything at Leadenhall Market

Grab a Bite

In addition to the shops, Leadenhall also boasts a number of restaurants, cafes, and bars.

There are both upmarket (no out intended) as well as affordable options here so there's something for everyone!

Get Your Hair Done...and See a Roman Basilica!

Looking for a salon in London?

Look no further than Leadenhall Market, home to Nicholson & Griffin which have been styling hair in Leadenhall Market for well over 30 years.

And hidden in the basement of the salon sits the remains of the old Roman Forum and Basilica.

The foundations of the building have been protected by glass and the friendly staff are more than happy to let you downstairs to see it for yourself!

Go on a Festive Guided Walk

Throughout the Christmas season each year, Leadenhall Market offers guided walking tours of the beautiful covered space.

Marvel at the stunning decorations, the huge tree, and the twinkling lights as a City of London Guide retails you with the fascinating history of the area.

Get a Good View

Leadenhall is just around the corner from the amazing SkyGarden - home to some of the best views in the capital!

Find out more and also how to book on our blog post here.

Take a Tour

Leadenhall Market is within walking distance of a number of our popular walking tours:

The East End Street Art and Graffiti Tour, the East End Food Tour, the Jack the Ripper Tour, and the City of London Tour.

How to Get Here

Located in the City of London, Leadenhall Market is in the eastern part of the centre of town and is easily accessible by public transport.

Nearest Underground Stations: Bank, Monument and Aldgate

Bus Routes: 8, 11, 15, 25, 43, 47

About The Author


An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: February 16th, 2023
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