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Time Out says

An atmospheric and historic covered market in the City of London.

Built in 1881 and fully restored to its Victorian glory 110 years later, Leadenhall Market is a beautiful indoor shopping space close to the City of London. Filmmakers adore its ornate roof structure and general sense of grandeur, which is why you might recognise it as Diagon Alley from ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. It also featured in Terry Gilliam’s fantasy flick ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ and Erasure’s ‘Love to Hate You’ music video.

Given its location near London’s wealthy commercial centre, you won’t be surprised to learn that there are no cockney fruit-and-veg sellers here. These days, the weekday stallholders offer jewellery, arty gifts and a variety of tasty lunch options to nearby office workers and tourists. Leadenhall also contains characterful retail units occupied by mid-to-upmarket brands like Diptyque,  Barbour and Reiss. If City slickers need to source a last-minute birthday gift, this is their first port of call.

When you’ve finished browsing the stalls and shops, head to the historic Lamb Tavern, an ideal spot to soak up Leadenhall Market’s atmosphere. GrabThai, Leon and popular Italian restaurant Osteria Del Mercato are among the food options contained within the market while The Bootlegger is a cool, speakeasy-style cocktail bar a couple of minutes walk away.

Top tip: The main market space is open 24/7, so pop in during off-peak hours if you fancy taking photos of the glorious roof. Nick Levine

RECOMMENDED: London’s best markets

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Nick Levine

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Address:
Gracechurch St
London
EC3V 1LR
Transport:
Tube: Bank / Monument
Price:
Free
Opening hours:
24 hours
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Christmas at Leadenhall Market

The impressive City of London Victorian shopping arcade bolsters its reputation as being one of the most charming places in London by decking its resplendent halls in festive garlands, mini Christmas trees and twinkling lights for the season. Its glistening transformation begins at 6pm on November 17 when the actual Lord Mayor of London will switch on Leadenhall Market’s Christmas lights, including its giant fir tree at the end. There will be music to sing along to before and after the switch-on too, and the lights will shine on until Twelfth Night. Always one to go all out for the season, throughout December it’ll host a number of Christmas workshops, from wine tasting to wreath making, as well as guided festive walks full of tales of a Leadenhall Christmas past and present, plus late-night shopping. Floral Merchant London Christmas Wreath workshops: Nov 17-Dec 18. Wed- Friday 7pm to 9.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 1pm and 3pm-5.30pm. £75 per person.   ‘A Taste of Leadenhall’ wine tasting: December 7, 14. 6.15pm and 7.45pm. £5 per person.  Guided walks: Every Wed Nov 23-Dec 21. 6.30pm to 8pm.  

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