Essential Architecture-  London

Leadenhall Markets


Sir Horace Jones


City of London, located in Gracechurch Street.






ornate steel and glass roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors


Shop, Market
  The interior of the market
Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is a covered market in the City of London, located in Gracechurch Street.

The market dates back to the fourteenth century. It is open from 07:00-16:00 Monday to Friday, and sells fresh food; among the vendors there are cheesemongers, butchers and fishmongers.

The ornate roof structure, painted green, maroon and cream, and cobbled floors of the current building, designed in 1881 by Sir Horace Jones (who was also the architect of Billingsgate and Smithfield Markets), make the building a tourist attraction. It was used to represent the area of London near the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It is also popular among local city workers specifically from the nearby Lloyd's of London building.


Horace Jones

Sir Horace Jones (1819 - 1887) was an English architect of the 19th century, knighted in 30 July 1886.

He is particularly noted for his work as Architect and Surveyor for the Corporation of the City of London from 1864 to 1887. His works included:

restoration of the Great Hall, Guildhall (1866)
various London markets, including Smithfield (1866), Billingsgate (1875) and Leadenhall (1881)
the Guildhall free library and museum (1872)
the Guildhall Council Chamber (1884)
the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, John Carpenter Street (completed in 1886)
Tower Bridge, with the structural engineer Sir John Wolfe-Barry, which was completed (to an amended design) after his death in 1887.
His association with the Institute of British Architects started in 1842, eventually becoming president between 1882–1884. He was also a freemason, becoming Grand Superintendent of works.

He was buried in West Norwood Cemetery in south London.