Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market in London - a great place to visit and photograph!

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An ode to Leadenhall Market

An ode to Leadenhall Market

This is Leadenhall Market, and it's totally amazing.  How's that for an intro?  It's an awesome spot in London, but it's not a "big tourist" spot.  Get off the beaten path a little and go see this.  You can thank me later!  (And it was used in the Harry Potter movies!)

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Leadenhall Market

Here’s a shot from Leadenhall Market in London - what a place!  I could shoot here for a LONG TIME, and basically did when I finally found this spot.  I was there on a weekend morning, hence the fact that it’s mostly empty.  There were a few tourists popping in and out, and a couple of other photographers that I came across.  Other than that, it was all mine.  It was awesome.

That’s a great travel tip as well: if you want to find a popular spot mostly empty so you can shoot all you want, then show up early on a weekend morning.  All the tourists tend to sleep in, so it’s only the die-hards you have to content with!  I actually have quite a few travel tips here on the blog, which you can find here and here.

When I got off the train that morning, I guess my sense of direction was still asleep, because I took off in the wrong direction and it took me a bit to find it.  When I did, I spent the first few moments with my jaw dropped and my brain saying “wow”.  I really like stuff like this.

I also heard it was used in the Harry Potter movies as a stand-in for Diagon Alley, in case that rings any bells.  Once you get here and look around a bit, you can only think of Diagon Alley.  It’s almost like being on a movie set, or at least I think so.  I’ve never been on a movie set, so that’s more of an expression than a statement of fact!

Anyways, if your travels take you to London someday, be sure and pop into this spot.  You can find a list of all my favorite London spots by clicking here.

 

Leadenhall both ways

This is Leadenhall Market in London.  Isn’t it fabulous??  I just loved this place.  When I was in London a while back, this was #1 on my list of places that I wanted to see (and shoot, of course).  I had seen pics online and was very intrigued.  I had to get there. 

So, I got up one morning, took a couple of rides on the Tube, and ended up somewhat nearby (as close as I could get on the Tube, that is).  I took a couple of wrong turns and walked down some streets in the wrong direction, but that was ok because I obviously found it.  It was worth the effort I spent getting there, and I got a little exercise in the process.  Plus I discovered my sense of direction is kind of screwed up.  :-)  

Leadenhall Market is a historic covered market in London, dating back hundreds of years.  I was just taken with the place.  I think I spent an hour or so photographing it from various angles, and it is not really that large.  I just find this sort of thing so interesting.  Be sure and put it on your list when you visit!  It’s well worth it!