Discover the site of London’s Roman Forum – and the secrets of the Victorian Leadenhall Market today. Designed and created by Sir Horace Jones in 1881, Leadenhall Market is one of the three markets he built for the City of London. It was built on the site of the Roman Basilica and Forum (some ruins still exist under the Barbers Shop!). The market continued to flourish during medieval times selling meat, fish and herbs. And continued it’s prosperity well into the 17th century as a place where wool merchants baled and weighed wool – the source of the City of London’s wealth.
Lest we forget. Leadenhall Market is also famous through film, starring in Harry Potter’s Philosopher’s Stone. And did you know John Wayne had a fist fight here, in the Lamb Tavern (Brannigan, 1975)? The arcades still provide fresh meat, cheese shops, wine merchants and delicatessens creating a destination hub for fine dining and shopping.
Join a qualified City of London Guide who will walk you through this extraordinary site. 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 site of London’s Roman Forum and Leadenhall Market has much history and many stories to share with you. During 2018, the walks take place every Wednesday from now until the end of October 2018. Walks last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Travel by Underground to Monument or Moorgate. Or plan your journey at: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/
Book here (at least 2 hours before the start):
Contributor Tina Baxter