To mark the 700th anniversary of Leadenhall as a market site we have four, free tours in July.
Discover the secrets of the Victorian arcades of Leadenhall Market, designed and created by Sir Horace Jones in 1881. It was the third market he built for the City of London (the others being Smithfield and Billingsgate Markets).
The history of Leadenhall as a market goes back nearly 2000 years. It was built on the site of the Roman Basilica and Forum, then continued during the medieval period as a market selling meat, fish and herbs, continuing well into the 17th century, as a place where wool merchants baled and weighed wool - the source of the City of London's wealth.
Come and hear about the generous Mayors of the City, such as Richard Whittington and Simon Ayres, who ensured the City was fed in times of famine.
The arcades still provide fresh meat, cheese shops, wine merchants and delicatessens, and create a destination hub for fine dining and shopping.
Lest we forget, Leadenhall Market is also famous through film, starring in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’ and many other films besides.
So come and join your qualified City of London Guide who will walk you through this extraordinary site, share its history and stories and show you how today the ancient and modern live together harmoniously.
2021 tours take place every Wednesday in July at 6.30pm
Tours last approximately 75 minutes. Please note: we try to make our walks inclusive but please be aware that Leadenhall is a cobbled space.
Nearest Tube station: Monument
Places must be booked in advance and our Covid-19 safety procedures followed. Book your place here
We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Temple Bar Trust. You are invited to join us for series of live-broadcast, virtual walks around the City. The series includes the fascinating history of Temple Bar, Paternoster Square, St Pauls, the life, and work of Sir Christopher Wren and some of the wonderful but often overlooked statues and sculptures nearby. Find out more and book here: https://templebartrust.org/walks
Note: We try to make our walks as inclusive and accessible as possible.
If you would like to organise your own walk, lecture or a virtual tour for a group of people, then please use our Find a Guide section.