which stands on the site of a Roman forum, has been a food
market since the Middle Ages. The market gets its name
from a lead-roofed mansion that stood near here in the 14th
century. At that time 'foreigners', being anyone from
outside London, were given permission to sell poultry, and
later cheese and butter, on the site.
The present arcaded
building, with its ironwork fašade, was designed in 1881 by
Sir Horace Jones, the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield
Leadenhall is a
good place for a stroll around, especially at lunchtime when
the market is at its most lively. The market sells some
of the finest food in London and, as well as fresh produce,
there are cheesemongers, butchers and fishmongers.
This ornate City
market, painted green, maroon and cream, is at its best at
Christmas time when all the stalls have festive decorations.