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Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market
is a covered market in London, located on Gracechurch Street
Gracechurch Street
but with vehicular access also available via Whittington Avenue to the north and Lime Street to the south and east, and additional pedestrian access via a number of narrow passageways. It is one of the oldest markets in London, dating from the 14th century, and is located in the historic centre of the City of London financial district.

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1 History 2 Gallery 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

History[edit] The market dates from the 14th century. It is typically open weekdays from 10 am until 6 pm, and primarily sells fresh food; among the vendors there are cheesemongers, butchers and florists. Originally a meat, game and poultry market, it stands on what was the centre of Roman London.[1] A number of commercial retailers are also located in the market, including clothes shops and a pen shop. The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current structure, designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets), make Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market
a tourist attraction.[1] The main entrance to the market is on Gracechurch Street. The double height entrance is flanked by tall, narrow gabled red brick and Portland stone blocks in a 17th-century Dutch style. The adjacent buildings to the south have a continuous retail frontage which is punctuated by narrow entrances to pedestrian ways into the market. Between 1990 and 1991 the market received a dramatic redecoration which transformed its appearance, enhancing its architectural character and detail. The redecoration scheme received a special mention in the Civic Trust Awards
Civic Trust Awards
in 1994. The market is a Grade II* listed building, being listed in 1972.[2] It was used to represent the area of London near the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley
Diagon Alley
in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and is featured in the films The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Hereafter, Brannigan, and Love Aaj Kal. It was also used in the music video for the 1991 Erasure
Erasure
song "Love to Hate You". Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market
formed part of the marathon course of the 2012 Olympic Games; runners passed through the market from Whittington Avenue to Lime Street.[3][4] Gallery[edit]

Main entrance from the Illustrated London News, 1881

The interior from the Illustrated London News, 1881

West entrance, from Gracechurch Street

North entrance, from Whittington Avenue off Leadenhall Street

Market ceiling, 2010

Night view with a fish-eye lens

View during the day

See also[edit]

London portal

Costermonger History of marketing List of markets in London Market hall Market (place) Market town Peddler Retail

References[edit]

^ a b Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market
Archived 31 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (City of London) accessed 30 September 2009 ^ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-199571-leadenhall-market-city-of-london ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 May 2013. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 

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