It’s an architectural treasure in the City and a fantastic place to browse the shops or pick up lunch – so what hidden history lies within Leadenhall Market? Below, we’ve put together a few of our favourite facts about this iconic hub.
Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest markets in London; built on the site of a Roman Basilica, it once was the largest market north of the Alps. In the 1400s it became one of the best places in London to buy meat, game, poultry and fish, and in 1488 it was the only place you could buy leather; there are rumours the name ‘Leadenhall’ came from ‘Leather-hall’, though this is disputed.
With its early history as a poultry market, it’s unsurprising thousands of geese were slaughtered here over the years – but one lucky (or very determined) goose shot to historical fame as he evaded the fate of 34,000 fellow geese. A series of mistakes meant he was in the market in the first place, and it might have ended badly for ‘Old Tom’ – but the goose was so difficult to catch and slaughter, he eventually became an accepted resident of the market and was well fed and looked after by local tenants for his 38-year life. He even got an obituary and proper burial after his death – and a cellar bar in the market named after him, Old Tom’s Bar.
Keen-eyed Potter fans will spot Leadenhall Market in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – it was used as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron, the pub in the muggle world that contains the hidden entrance to Diagon Alley. In 2020, it’s the entrance to an optician’s, so you won’t be able to find Tom the bartender wiping glasses inside (well, not those kind of glasses). The market was also used as a filming location for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as well as numerous other Hollywood productions.
An important part of the City calendar (at least, in our opinion) is the annual Leadenhall Market Pancake Race. Organised by the Lamb Tavern, pop in at lunchtime on pancake day with a few speedy friends to see if you can flip pancakes the fastest and win the coveted frying pan trophy. There’s even better news for all spectators and passers-by – the pub gives away 500 free pancakes with a variety of tasty toppings.
Barrecore are streaming BarreLIVE – live, home versions of their fantastic ballet-barre workouts. The first class is free for new members! Online every weekday for 30 minutes at 8:30, 12:30 and 17:30, then on weekends at 10:30. Learn more and book online here.
Frame are also bringing their unique, fun-filled workout session to members via Frame Online – whether you’re there to sculpt, party or sweat, you’ll have access to all their brilliant workouts for just £10.99 a month. Learn more and sign up here.
If you’re hooked on Digme Fitness‘s online Instagram classes and want more, sign up to Digme on Demand and get access to over 48 classes a week, including Live Cycle, Matrix HIIT, Yoga, Breathwork, and much more. Click here to subscribe and build your perfect home workout routine.
Barry’s Bootcamp are also moving their classes over to Barry’s at Home – with >30 sweat-inducing 50-minute classes a day to choose from, offering options of bands, bodyweight or weighted workouts with all of their trainers. Click here to book.ImageUpload an image file, pick one from your media library, or add one with a URL.UploadMedia LibraryInsert from URL
Find helpful on-demand workout classes and sessions on the following gym’s Instagram pages (click on the names for quick links), to be done at a time whenever’s most convenient to you:
We’re continuing our ‘How to Support City Businesses‘ series, sharing info on how to support a variety of large and small hospitality businesses during these unusual times. Below, find out what five of our favourite bars are doing – from delivery to gift vouchers to online fundraisers.
Oriole have just launched their cocktail delivery service, which means you can enjoy one of four signature cocktails at home – from the fresh and tangy Chiang Rai (Tanqueray Ten gin, goji berry liquer, dragonfruit coulis and lemon juice) to the oaky Hokkaido Cooler (Nikka whisky from the barrel, Aloe Vera wine, watermelon juice and osmanthus syrup lemon juice); click here to order. You can also donate to their excellent fundraiser to support their staff and charities, and be entered into a prize draw to win a bottle of fine wine or spirits – click here to donate.
Discount Suit Company may have closed its doors for now, but its sister venue The Sun Tavern are making sure thirsty Londoners are well catered for with their delivery service. Shop online for bottles and specially created hampers and kits, including a beer pong set and a Quarantini kit. Click here to shop.
One for the gin-lovers in your life: Mrs Fogg‘s have three incredible gin-based experiences available. Enjoy the lower deck Gin Adventure, where you’ll create your own gin in the EnGINe Room (click here to buy), or try a Pink Gin Cruise, where you’ll create a selection of your own spectacular pink gin cocktail twists (click here to buy). Our personal favourite is the Gin Brunch, where you can feast on a classic Indian-fusion brunch menu and ‘boat-emless’ gin cockails or G&Ts (click here to buy). Use code SUPPORT25 to get 25% off all vouchers.
The Alchemist have been busy as bees trialling a cocktail delivery service – while it’s not currently available, click here to follow them on Instagram and see what they’ve got planned for the days ahead. For now, you can support them by visiting their online shop and buying one of their prints, hipflasks, and other merch.
Don’t let Black Rock‘s bar closure stop you from enjoying their quality selection of whisky – their subscription service, Whisky Me, is still up and running, popping hand-selected whisky drams through your letterbox. For a monthly fee starting at just £7 a month, you can sample their finest and favourites in letterbox-friendly pouches – whether you’re a whisky connoisseur or a total newbie. Click here to subscribe.
Keep an eye on the blog to find out how to support more retail and hospitality businesses at this time, both large and small.
Click here to donate to Hospitality Action – a charity supporting individuals who work in hospitality and may be facing difficult circumstances due to the COVID-19 crisis.
If there’s one thing we at One City love, it’s an Instagrammable spot in the City. Below, we’ve listed out our ten favourite spots to photograph and post or share on @onecityldn, in no particular order, to give you some photo inspiration for when we can all go back to the Square Mile. Featuring outdoor shots of some of the City’s most beloved architecture, and some indoor spots to add to the to-do list.
Stand nearer the eastern end of Watling St (past Leon), look west towards St Paul’s and be dazzled by the dome peeking through the lane. A perfect capture of the old, winding streets of the City.
The stunning architecture of Leadenhall Market is so classically pleasing that it’s been used in some of our favourite films – it features as Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter series. The annual art programme Sculpture in the City often features works here, including Patrick Tuttofuoco’s The Source and Shaun C. Badham’s I’m Staying (both 2019).
Wormwood Street: Bridging Home, London
Speaking of Sculpture in the City, one of our favourite visual sculptures in the Square Mile is Do Ho Suh’s Bridging Home, London. The Korean house appears to hang precariously over the traffic on London Wall, creating a juxtaposition of urban and rural. Photograph it from London Wall looking east and have the signature curve of 70 St Mary Axe as a backdrop.
The tight, narrow buildings of Ye Old Cock Tavern and its neighbours on Fleet Street have long been a favourite of London photographers, particularly with the striking red phone box in front. You’re spoilt for choice for photographic opportunities on Fleet Street, what with its long history and distinctive view of St Paul’s on the eastern end.
The Leathersellers Company
If there’s one thing we love to celebrate in the City it’s the classic architecture standing next to the modern developments. Nowhere is this better seen than when you’re standing in front of the Leathersellers Hall, with the Gherkin looming gracefully in the background. Access the courtyard via Bishopsgate for this iconic angle.
One New Change
Another contrast of old and new is in One New Change – the glassy walls make for a perfect frame for St Paul’s Cathedral. The view was incorporated into its design 10 years ago, spotlighting its proximity to the Cathedral. Stand in the centre and look west to see St Paul’s (the glass lifts that shoot you up to Madison / the rooftop also make for a brilliant view).
One of the newest spots from D&D is a luscious greenhouse of a restaurant, brimming with greenery alongside some of the best views of the capital in 120 Fenchurch St. It’s a beautiful spot for a cocktail after a tour around the upstairs Garden at 120. Speaking of…
The Garden at 120
Stroll upstairs after your visit to 14 Hills and access this mid-level rooftop garden: a stunning little space with running water and blooms of wisteria in the spring/summer seasons. A great lunchtime spot with unparalleled views – you can even bring your own food up.
Fortnum & Mason in the Royal Exchange
The architecturally striking courtyard of the Royal Exchange is given extra glamour by Fortnum & Mason‘s courtyard restaurant. Once it’s open again, keep a look out for its famous supper clubs and live music nights – it’s not only photogenic, but it’s the ultimate date spot.
The Barbican Conservatory
Who said you couldn’t find tropical flora in the heart of the City? Step away from the concrete and into the natural paradise that is the Barbican Conservatory, home to tropical fish and over 1500 species of tropical plants and trees. It even opens up for afternoon tea on select dates.
Is there a spot we’ve missed that you love to photograph? Let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barry’s Bootcamp have upped their game when it comes to online workouts. There may be no access to their signature red rooms, but you can still benefit from their iconic HIIT workouts with Barry’s at Home, with bodyweight, bands, weights, and other types of classes all hosted on Zoom. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Is there a more crowd-pleasing lunch than the humble sandwich? We can’t think of any – so we’re thrilled that Searcy’s are celebrating British Sandwich Week with their top tips to craft the perfect sandwich as well as sharing ten of their favourite varieties. Read it here, get inspired, and get ready for the best lunches you’ve had all lockdown.
As part of the Barbican Centre‘s Nothing Concrete podcast, beloved actor, comedian and campaigner Stephen Fry joins journalist Chris Gunness for a four-part podcast series talking Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament to spark conversations on music, mental health and the healing power of art. (Heiligenstadt Testament is a letter written by Beethoven to his brothers, in which he reflects his despair over his increasing deafness and his contemplation of suicide.) Click here to listen to episode 1, and keep an eye on their Read, Watch & Listen page for more episodes.
If you’re missing Smithfield basement bar Oriole‘s inventive cocktails, worry no more – they’ve launched a cocktail delivery service across London. They’re delivering in selected areas on Tuesdays and Fridays, so place your first order now and make the upcoming long weekend extra special. Click here to learn more and order.
Once you’ve finished your Saturday morning workout with Digme Fitness, head straight into a delicious and healthy brunch over on their Instagram live for a cook-along brunch. Instructor and foodie Vegan Soph will be live from her kitchen at 10.30am, serving up a scrumptious stack of vegan pancakes using mainly cupboard ingredients so that everyone can get involved. Click here to see what you need and remember to tune in at 10.30am on Saturday.