Leadenhall Market, in the heart of the city of London, is a beautiful, covered Victorian marketplace. Here’s all the info for visiting.
How To Get To Leadenhall Market
Located between Gracechurch Street and Lime Street at the heart of the financial district in London, Leadenhall Market is pretty easy to get to.
London Underground is one of the best ways to get around London and Leadenhall Market has a few stations close by.
Monument and Bank tube stations are both just a few minutes walk from Leadenhall Market. These are serviced by the Central, Northern, Waterloo & City lines as well as the Docklands Light Railway.
Zones 1-2 contain all the central London districts, and most of the major tourist attractions. The daily cap for travelling in Zones 1-2 is £7.00 when using a contactless bank card. (Leadenhall Market is in Zone 1.)
If you don’t have a contactless card that works in London, the best option is to purchase a 1-Day Unlimited Travel Card.
These can be used on the tubes, buses, trams and Docklands Light Railway.
Both Fenchurch Street and Cannon Street train stations are just an 8 minute walk from Leadenhall Market.
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Standard buses are available within your daily travel card and there are plenty of bus stops close to Leadenhall Market. Buses 8, 11, 23, 25, 25, 35 are just a few that will get you there.
However, there is also of course the famous Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tour.
Stopping close to Leadenhall Market, this is always popular among tourists and is a great way to see many famous landmarks around the capital at ease.
All whilst travelling around on a traditional big red London bus!
For those short on time, or those that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Also, for all tourists visiting London, I recommend purchasing a Go City London Pass.
These are a great way of saving money when visiting multiple tourist attractions during your stay in London.
Leadenhall Market Entrance Fee
It is free to visit Leadenhall Market.
Leadenhall Market Opening Times
The market area and walkways are open 24/7, to walk through and explore.
Shop opening times vary, with fresh food market stalls open Monday to Friday only.
Best Time To Visit Leadenhall Market
With Leadenhall Market being in the midst of the financial district in London, a lot of the shops and eateries cater to the city workers. In fact, many of the retailers only open Monday to Friday.
Therefore, it’s at its busiest during the week, especially around lunchtime and early evening. So, if you enjoy a lively atmosphere, this is the best time to visit.
If you prefer it a bit quieter, earlier in the day is your best bet. Also, if you just want to explore the beautiful architecture, the market walkways are open 24/7.
There are some amazing photo opportunities here, so don’t forget your camera.
What To Pack
Leadenhall Market History
Historic, Leadenhall Market is situated in what would have been the centre of Roman London, also known as Londinium.
The first record of a market being held here dates back to 1321 when Sir Hugh Neville lived in the Manor of Leaden Hall.
He opened up the grounds of the manor for traders to use and a popular poultry market soon sprang up.
In 1411, when the famous Dick Whittington was Lord Mayor of London, the site was purchased by the Corporation of the City of London.
Following which, the established poultry market was enlarged to enable the sale of other wares.
The manor house and market buildings was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. After this the market was rebuilt with three distinct areas for selling various goods.
The current market, designed by Horace Jones (who also designed Smithfield Market and Tower Bridge) and completed in 1881, replaced the old stone buildings.
This stunning Victorian structure, that features a glass roof and cobbled floors, was classified as a Grade II listed market building in 1972.
What To Expect At Leadenhall Market
Spectacular, Leadenhall Market is nothing like the normal, run-of-the-mill market place.
As soon as you approach the grand, Queen Anne Revival style, main entrance on Gracechurch Street you’ll start to get the idea.
(There are other, not quite so grand, entrances on Whittington Avenue, Leadenhall Place and Lime Street Passage.)
With its stunning architecture, beautiful ornate glass roof structure, cobbled walkways and brightly painted shops, Leadenhall Market is understandably a popular destination for locals, city workers and tourists.
No longer just a food market, it is now home to an impressive selection of independent and high-end shops, restaurants, cafes and wine bars.
From boutiques to butchers, florists, commercial retailers and cheesemongers, there’s a good mix of retail and restaurants. There are also various events like fairs and workshops throughout the year.
Additionally, it attracts lots of Harry Potter fans from all over the world, as it was famously used as the location for Diagon Alley in the 2001 film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
(If Harry Potter is your thing, the Harry Potter Movie & Book Locations Walking Tour visits this and other locations.)
So, whether you visit to shop, eat, reimagine the Harry Potter scenes or just enjoy the stunning architecture, Leadenhall Market is a must on the bucket list of things to do in London.
Where To Stay In London
The London EDITION is located in central London’s Fitzrovia district, with Oxford Street, Theatreland and Piccadilly Circus all within a 10-minute walk.
Inside, there is a Michelin star restaurant, 2 cocktail bars, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi and free use of the on-site fitness centre for all guests.
With a view of the vibrant city, each en suite room come with a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. An iPod docking station, bathrobes and a mini-bar are also provided.
Each evening, the restaurant offers a contemporary British menu using fresh, British produce.
Set within a 20-minute walk from Royal Albert Hall and boasting a stylish, spacious piano lounge , Corus Hotel Hyde Park features modern rooms with free WiFi.
The hotel is just a 10-minute walk from Paddington Station, offering a direct train link to Heathrow Airport.
The cosy, air-conditioned bedrooms at Corus Hotel have private en-suite bathrooms and satellite TVs with on-demand movies. Rooms also feature work desks, tea/coffee facilities, iron and ironing boards.
The conservatory brasserie serves a modern European menu using seasonal produce.
Olio Bar offers light snacks and beverages, and overlooks Hyde Park.
Featuring free WiFi, The Queens Hostel offers accommodation in London, just a 2-minute walk to Queens Park Rangers football stadium.
Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Rooms come with a shared bathroom.
You can play tennis at this hostel, and the area is popular for golfing.
For more places to stay in London, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.