London’s Leadenhall market has its origins in Roman times, where is was the site of the largest forum in northern Europe. Fast-forward 1,400 years or so, and the site was bought by the mayor of London Dick Whittington, who helped develop it as an important market place for grain and leather. Following its destruction by the Great Fire of London in 1666, the market was rebuilt under cover – but it was not until the late 1800s that it was rebuilt once more in its present, distinctive shape. These days you’re more likely to find designer clothing and upmarket bars in Leadenhall Market, due to its position right in the centre of the City of London, but it retains a distinctive charm. In 2001, it was used to film the famous ‘Diagon Alley’ scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
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