Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market, the film location of Diagon Alley

Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest markets in London. This ornate 19th-century covered Victorian market is located in the historic center of London’s financial district, just around the corner from Bank station.

Leadenhall Market is definitely one of London’s hidden gems. This market has sold meat and fish as far back as far as the 14th century. The present magnificent wrought iron and glass structure with its green and red roof was designed in 1881.

The painted roof and cobbled floors of Leadenhall make it a rather magical place, even before it played a starring role in the Harry Potter films. This Victorian marketplace was the film location for some of the original exterior shots of Diagon Alley, the cobblestoned shopping hub of the wizarding world where Hogwarts students can stock up on school supplies like spell books and wands. If you look very close you may recognize the door used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in Goblet of Fire.

What is your favourite hidden gem in London?


  1. Hi Janaline, I enjoyed reading through your post.
    I painted Leadenhall market in 2007, some of your photos actually show my work.
    I was there for a good few months, it was a wonderful job to be part of and quite an honour painting it.


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