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Leadenhall Market
Gracechurch Street, London EC3

Leadenhall Market, 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 Markets. 

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.

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Open: Mon-Fri: 07:00-16:00

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