The only market still in day-to-day
use in the City of London
, Leadenhall Market is situated at the south end of Bishopsgate
, less than half a mile from London Bridge
and the Bank of England
, and very close to the Monument
to the Great Fire of London
Established in Medieval 14th Century London, the market was initially attached to a manor house which was notable in those times for having a roof made from lead. The " Leaden-Hall Market" quickly gained a reputation as a good place to buy all manner of foodstuffs, and although other markets like Billingsgate (fish), Smithfield (meat) and Covent Garden (fruit and vegetables) were larger, Leadenhall Market would sell items in small quantities, rather than wholesale.
Completely razed to the ground during the Great Fire, the market was soon rebuilt and trading recommenced. Today there are a variety of shops and stalls, but it still specialises in high quality game, meat and fish. Enjoying a situation mere yards away from the world's second most important financial district the stallholders have a constant supply of customers with a high disposable income, and as a result Leadenhall Market is one of the places to go for buying things a little bit out of the usual.