England, London

Free Things To Do In London | Trace Back Harry Potter’s Footsteps At The Leadenhall Market

February 1, 2017
Leadenhall Market, London - PinayFlyingHigh.com

I’m not the biggest fan of Harry Potter but I do have an inclination to watch all the movies now that I live in London. It would be great to see some of the familiar places around the city in a blockbuster film knowing that I can immediately go to these places and relive the scenes from the movie. London is dotted with all kinds of Harry Potter film locations and one of them is the beautiful Leadenhall Market.

Leadenhall Market, London - PinayFlyingHigh.com

The first time I’ve been to the Leadenhall Market was when we passed by it during the Liar Liar Tour which I organized for London-based travel bloggers. When we were told that it’s film setting for a Harry Potter movie, some of the bloggers immediately recognized it and began taking photos of the place.

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Originally, the Leadenhall Market was a lead-roofed mansion in the 13th century. It was bought by a rich merchant who gifted it to the city corporation and from then on it became a market.

Leadenhall Market, London - PinayFlyingHigh.com

Leadenhall Market is the oldest and possibly the prettiest surviving Victorian market in London. Dating back from the 14th century, it was known to be the best place in London to buy poultry, game, meat, fish, eggs, butter, grain and herbs.

Leadenhall Market, London - PinayFlyingHigh.com

Today it’s known for its numerous restaurants, pubs and commercial retailers. It’s a great place to go to if you wish to shop for unique things.

Leadenhall Market, London - PinayFlyingHigh.com

The design of the market is truly inspiring with its elaborate Victorian roof and the cobbled floor. It does make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time. It looks so beautiful that it was used as the Diagon Alley in the filming of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.

Leadenhall Market, London - PinayFlyingHigh.com

It’s typically open from 7am to 11pm on weekdays but due to the numerous bars and restaurants around it, you can go and admire its beauty at almost anytime of the day.

Nearest undergound stations: Bank and Monument.

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28 Comments

  • Reply Katie February 20, 2017 at 21:51

    So I am a big Potter fan but I hadn’t realised this market was used in the films! I do recognise it now, looking at your pics! Thank you for sharing! Will definitely need to visit this place soon 🙂

  • Reply FS Page February 10, 2017 at 05:04

    Your photographs are amazing and had it not been for so much crowd, they would be down right perfect. Thanks for sharing this article. Being a potter fan i now know where to visit when i am in london.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 3, 2017 at 19:57

      I didn’t think it was crowded at all though.

  • Reply Allison February 9, 2017 at 03:29

    Also not a massive Harry Potter fan but I would head to Leadenhall market in a heart beat. The architecture is truly amazing and this is coming from someone who hates ‘old’ buildings and favours stainless steel, glass and ultra modern atyles. The fact that there are lots of pubs and restaurants is a brilliant bonus.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High February 15, 2017 at 20:11

      Lol! Really? We’re the total opposite, I hate steel, glass and ultra modern styles and love the old architecture. The older the better. Lol.

  • Reply Global Girl Travels February 9, 2017 at 02:22

    London is a thing of beauty, isn’t it? Those Victorian buildings and markets, along with the cobblestone streets are stuff of fairy tale. I would love to see this for myself – I’m sure it is as awe-inspiring as it looks on your photos!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 7, 2017 at 17:05

      London is indeed gorgeous! I am still playing tourist here even if it’s been 6 months since I’ve moved. 🙂

  • Reply Janine February 8, 2017 at 22:43

    I lived in England for 2 years and sadly missed this market! Even after travelling to London X number of times! I love the Harry Potter books and actually went to the studios and did many a costly tour. I love that you could do this free and still see some of the movie’s backdrops.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 7, 2017 at 17:06

      I actually haven’t heard of it. If not for the fact that one of the tours I took passed by it I wouldn’t have known it. :p

  • Reply Clare February 8, 2017 at 20:45

    I had no idea that Harry Potter was filmed here!! I have only visited with work when I have been down in London as one of the pubs is the local for our office. It is a beautiful place though and I am always impressed when I am walking through 🙂

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:38

      I didn’t know about this until a tour that I took passed by it. I think there are a lot of places in London that I have yet to visit.

  • Reply Katharina February 8, 2017 at 14:08

    I have been to the Leadenhall Market before but I had no idea it was used in the Harry Potter movies! The building itself is so beautiful with all its detailing and your photography does it more than justice!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:38

      That’s true! It looks absolutely gorgeous but I still don’t think my photos showed it. 🙂

  • Reply Only By Land February 8, 2017 at 13:41

    All those people taking pictures of the roof, you really captured what it’s like there. Like you I’m not a Harry Potter fan but for some reason I’ve watched all his movies. I do recognize Ladenhall market from the movie. Next time a Harry Potter movie is on, I’ll check out for it again. The detail on your pictures is amazing!

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:40

      You’re not a fan but you’ve watched all the movies, are you sure you aren’t? :p But yeah, I do get it. It’s a good series and I do appreciate good movies even if I am not a fan of it. :p

  • Reply Mel February 8, 2017 at 07:22

    This is so timely because we are going to be in London in a week and we LOVE Harry Potter. We are going to the Warner Brothers tour, but now I would like to add this to my list. Even if you haven’t read the books/seen the films, this market is gorgeous! It looks like the kind of place you could wander all day.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:42

      Yes it is gorgeous! Sorry, I’ve only seen this but I hope you had a great holiday in London and were able to visit Leadenhall Market. 🙂

  • Reply Jean February 8, 2017 at 07:02

    Love these photos! I walked through here and it took me forever to realise I was being Harry Potter in my own little way. Thanks for the great images. Brings make such great memories

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:43

      Oh that’s great! I’m so bad at remembering places, I don’t think I’d be able to realize that it’s in HArry Potter if I saw it. Lol.

  • Reply Tanja (the Red phone box travels) February 6, 2017 at 10:41

    you got some excellent shots! I’ve visited it on my first ever trip to London but not because of HP:)

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:50

      Thank you Tanja! 🙂

  • Reply Manju February 5, 2017 at 06:50

    Really impressed the way you posting such information..This is going to help many travel enthusiasts… And those pictures are stunning

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:50

      Thank you Manju. 🙂

  • Reply Photo Cache February 2, 2017 at 02:16

    Love, love, love HP and this is now on my bucket list. Thanks.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:51

      Glad to know that I somehow made you include that in your list. :p

  • Reply Trainswestcantoespano February 1, 2017 at 11:18

    Marvelous photos. Great texture and colour. Wonderful subject material.
    Pays to spend a week in the ole town. Its been a while since I did that, like 25 yrs.

    • Reply Noemi of Pinay Flying High March 9, 2017 at 18:51

      Thank you Brian. 🙂

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