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Place #1
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Marketplace
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33 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LR, UK
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Leadenhall Market
Expecto, Poetrohnumb! Wait, this isn't a Harry Potter tour? Bah-Humbug. Our current surroundings likely remind you of The Ministry of Magic from Harry Potter, and it should because it was filmed here. But the market is also the backdrop for some of Dickens' novels. We begin today at Leadenhall Market, located in the heart of London's financial district, one of the city's most iconic and historic markets. With a rich history dating back to the 14th century, it offers a unique blend of architectural beauty, historical significance, and vibrant contemporary culture. This market was a popular place for all walks of society in the 19th century during Dickens’ time, and is mentioned as a place where Scrooge would stroll through.

Leadenhall Market traces its origins to the 14th century, originally serving as a meat, poultry, and game market. The market was established around a manor house with a lead roof, hence the name "Leadenhall." By the 15th century, it had expanded to include fish and cheese. The market was largely destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 but was rebuilt shortly afterward. The current structure, designed by Sir Horace Jones, was completed in 1881 and features ornate Victorian architecture, including a stunning roof canopy, painted wrought iron, and glass.

The market's architecture is a splendid example of Victorian design. The intricate detailing, vibrant colors, and use of wrought iron create a visually stunning environment.
The market's roof, made of glass, allows natural light to flood the space, enhancing the market's ambience. The cobblestone pathways add to the historical charm and provide a quaint, picturesque setting.

Leadenhall Market is home to a variety of shops, including high-end fashion boutiques, specialty food stores, and unique gift shops. You can find everything from luxury goods to traditional British products.

The market offers an array of dining options, from traditional pubs and contemporary restaurants to charming cafes. Notable establishments include the Lamb Tavern, a historic pub, and several modern eateries offering international cuisine.

Leadenhall Market has a special connection to Charles Dickens, one of England's most famous novelists. Dickens frequently visited the market and it served as an inspiration for his work. The market is mentioned in his novel "The Pickwick Papers," where he describes the bustling atmosphere and the colorful characters that inhabit it. Dickens' vivid descriptions helped immortalize Leadenhall Market in literary history, cementing its place in the cultural heritage of London. Among the places Scrooge went to have a drink or a meal, was at George and Vulture, as well as Simpsons Tavern, which will be the next step on our tour today.

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Place #2
Distance: 0.00mi , Attraction : Historical Landmark
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4-5 Leadenhall Market, London EC3V 1LR, UK
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Architecture and Ambiance
Leadenhall Market is renowned for its stunning architecture and the charm of its narrow, winding streets. The market as it stands today was extensively redesigned in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones, the City Architect who also designed the iconic Tower Bridge. Jones' vision incorporated elements of the Italianate and Victorian styles, which were popular in the late 19th century. Speaking of Italian, check out the Pizza Express to the right.

One of the most striking features is the use of wrought iron and glass, creating a bright and airy interior. The intricate ironwork and expansive glass roof allow natural light to flood the market, enhancing its open and inviting atmosphere.

The market is adorned with a vibrant color scheme of maroon, cream, and green, which accentuates the decorative details and adds to the festive atmosphere of the space.

The architectural detailing includes elaborate cornices, decorative panels, and friezes. These embellishments add a layer of sophistication and historical depth to the market’s appearance.

The market’s narrow streets are paved with traditional cobblestones, contributing to its old-world charm and creating a tactile connection to its historical roots. Certain areas within the market feature mosaic flooring, adding an artistic touch to the pathways and enhancing the visual appeal of the space.

The market’s layout is a network of narrow, winding streets and alleyways. This labyrinthine arrangement adds to the market’s charm and gives visitors a sense of exploration and discovery as they navigate through the space.

The twisting streets lead to hidden corners and small alcoves, each housing unique shops, cafes, and boutiques. This creates a sense of intimacy and coziness within the bustling market.

Walking through the narrow streets of Leadenhall Market feels like stepping back in time. The combination of the cobblestone pathways, Victorian architecture, and the historic ambiance evokes the atmosphere of a bygone era.

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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Leadenhall Market
Map Pin Place 2 Architecture and Ambiance
Map Pin Place 3 George & Vulture and Simpsons Tavern
Map Pin Place 4 Royal Exchange (Bank of London)
Map Pin Place 5 Guildhall
Map Pin Place 6 Dickens (The Man)
Map Pin Place 7 St. Paul's Cathedral
Map Pin Place 8 Fleet Street and Refreshment
Map Pin Place 9 Lincoln's Inn Fields
Map Pin Place 10 Urban Legends
Map Pin Place 11 Cigar Shop
Map Pin Place 12 Charles Dickens Museum

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