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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.