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Leather Lane Market

Shopping, Markets and fairs Holborn
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Leather Lane Market

A historic market in Holborn that’s blossomed into a haven for street food-lovers.

Leather Lane Market has been going for 400 years because it’s moved with the times. Once known for clothes and footwear (as its name acknowledges), this busy weekday market is now a street food paradise attracting hungry office workers from nearby Hatton Garden, Holborn and Farringdon. If you’re in the area and fancy falafel or vegan burritos for lunch, you should make your way here.

There are still some more traditional market stalls and the area’s retained a community feel thanks to the sterling efforts of the Friends of Leather Lane. You wouldn’t bet against this market lasting for another 400 years. Nick Levine

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By: Nick Levine

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Venue name: Leather Lane Market
Address: Leather Lane
London
EC4
Cross street: between Greville Street & Clerkenwell Road
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 10am-2pm
Transport: Tube: Chancery Lane
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tastemaker

The best lunch location for anyone in the farringdon area.

The selection on the street provides plenty of choice and always good quality for money.

From Jerk chicken to Vietnamese will always provide a substantiation meal. 


tastemaker

I work in this area and if I was made of money I would come eat here all the time. There's such a wide array of amazing choices to be had and I really want to try them all. So far I can recommend Yum Bowl (there's always a queue though) Grill my Cheese (they're not always there though), and the burger stand, the name of which unfortunately escapes me. There's also restaurants on the side, like Chick, where you can get schnitzel and falafel pitas, and Bar Burrito, where they have carnitas (unlike Chilango). They also have fruit and veg stands here at really affordable prices. Definitely a place to visit if you're a foodie! 

tastemaker

Amazing selection of street food. I have frequently visited a number of the markers on leather lane and there always seems to be more popping up! I would recommend Grill my Cheese and Wop burgers - which is one of the best burgers I have eaten to date (and I eat a lot of burgers!) 

tastemaker

Street food and Instagram heaven.. be delighted by the wonderful smells and the delicious food.


Favs - Japanese Omlette, Jerk Chicken and tom Yum soup.



Prefect for a Friday lunch time treat, (or every day ;)) 


I love leather lane - there is so much choice! It's a shame it is only really frequented by those working near by, as it is worth a visit for all! 

Tastemaker

No luck if you're after leather (some pleather is available) but direct your feet here for a lane of some of the best street food in London, including Yum Bowl (so good there's two of them, both with queues) and Grill my Cheese for a crunchy melty many-cheesed sandwich. There is no real seating anywhere, but you can always peruse the cheap clothing and cough fake 'Mulberry' handbags while you snack.

Tastemaker

Leather Lane Market, on most days of the week is a foodie heaven. Packed to the rafters with permanent shops, as well as food stands, you aren't going to starve here. If you're also in the mood for jewellery browsing, you're in the right vicinity because the so-called "diamond quarter" surrounds Leather Lane on most of the small streets. 



Tastemaker

A terrific street market open every weekday. In the morning, when vendors are setting up, you can buy fruit and veg. As for lunchtime, when the crowds descend, there's a wealth of cuisines on offer. The market is especially strong on Indonesian tempeh, falafel, and Mediterranean cold salad boxes. Meals are generally in the £5-8 range, and there's no shortage of options. People with dietary restrictions are reasonably well catered for. 

Tastemaker

This review is for Grill My Cheese specifically. Took a venture from the City to Leather Lane as we have been wanting to try this market out for a while and decided to risk it and put our faith in the Central Line to get us there quickly. 


I had the 'Baby got Mac' which clocks in at £6. Wonderful value for its ingredients: cheese (duh), macaroni cheese, and pulled pork. They added just a little bit of BBQ becuase obviously too much goo would be a hot messy disaster and not in a good way. Also you don't want the sauce to overshadow the main event, the cheese. 


It tasted wonderful, the cheese still melty and the macaroni allowing more crevasses for the cheese to hide in. Pulled pork and moist and flavourful and paired well with the cheese, but of course it does! 


Highly recommend coming to this food truck if grilled cheese is what you fancy... would not recommend if you want a salad.  :)

Tastemaker

I love Leather Lane. Working next door, it has been providing my lunches for a year now. The is there world of food on offer - Middle Eastern, Thai, Jamaican, Spanish, Greek, Indian, Sri Lankan etc etc. The Vietnamese rice bowls and Korean BimBimBap are my favourite’s but I genuinely haven’t had a bad meal. It always feel’s so much more satisfying to pick up a fresh, authentic meal for a fiver here than something made with a whole lot less love from the Pret, POD or Subway that also occupy the street.

Proper Eastenders vibe when they are all setting up in the morning - it feels like an excellent mix of old school (flower stall, fruit and veg and knock-off goods) London street markets and the new trend of world-food trucks.

Tastemaker

I am extremely lucky to work a few minutes walk from Leather Lane, where they have a huge array of food stalls during the week. There is everything from bao and bibimbap to macaroni cheese toasties and incredible sweet things like Crosstown Doughnuts and curly whirly brownies from Konditor & Cook. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the local area.... I can't understand why anyone would go to Pret instead! 

Tastemaker

I love this daily market where i get to have lunch with a friend when it's nice out. There are more food options towards the end of the week and my favorite is definitely the Grill  My Cheese with their delicious cheese toasties with mac'n'cheese. All sorts of cuisines from around the world offer their street food with , probably better prices than most food markets in London. I only wish they had more seating on the street to sit and enjoy your food when the weather allows.

Tastemaker

Leather Lane is packed full of food stalls during the week, I would recommend the mac and cheese toastie (?!).  It's worth the carb induced afternoon coma.  The market has a greater selection of stalls then nearby Exmouth Market and it's got a more edgy and authentic vibe to it.  I completely agree with Chlo Fo's comments below about the gentrification of Exmouth Market (still great stalls, but very city like).  Leather Lane has real lovely Londoness about it.

Tastemaker

Lovely market, with some delicious food stalls. I had a wonderful crispy pork dish which was delicious. The restaurants and cafes along the street are also very busy a lot of the time too. 

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Tastemaker

I LOVE Leather Lane market, it's such a buzz of proper London market stall holders and trendy food pop ups. Grab yourself a Vietnamese noodle salad or a bargain halloumi and falafel wrap from Brothers. Not feeling so peckish? Well there are loads of stalls selling high street clothes, toiletries, tools, the list goes on. Unlike nearby Exmouth Market, which although amazing, has become somewhat gentrified, Leather Lane still has that wonderful London market vibe that a northerner like me expects from watching years of Eastenders. Conveniently located close to Farringdon and Chancery Lane, there are also a whole hoard of good boozers close by after you've finished gorging yourself.

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