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25 October 2012

Lunch breaks in the city - Leadenhall Market

Hurrah, it's time for another 'Lunch break in the city' and this particular place I realised that, just through taking a few snaps, I really haven't given it much attention in all my 5 years working in the city. That's part of the reason why I started this series, to not only practice taking pictures but to also pay closer attention to all those beautiful little details we regularly walk on by. In fact, the key thing I've learnt so far is to LOOK UP! Yes, it's good to look at the ground for, er, dog mess or cracks in the pavement but when you slow down and look up every now and then, you'll be amazed at all the little details our ancestors left behind....



Did you know that this market dates back to the 14th century? Incredible hey!






I have a thing for lamps. This one I'm particularly fond of...







Can you see the hooks in these photos? These are the original meat hooks! Mmm, nice! Yep, this market was originally a meat, poultry and game market. In the 1300s, the manor Leadenhall was apparently a popular meeting place for poulterers, which is why I like the fact that one of the butchers in the market today is called 'Chop'd'! Keeping the tradition alive, sort of...







Later in the 1300s Leadenhall became popular with cheesemongers. Mmmm, cheese....




Camera and me couldn't quite capture this awesome window. It's on the next floor up and you can just make out two people sat at a table eating lunch. In actual fact there's a tapas restaurant up there and I bet this table by the window is booked up until Christmas! What an awesome spot to have some tapas! I wonder what this top floor space was used for before?




Oh, oh, oh! This is the ceiling in the centre of Leadenhall. Isn't it incredible! All those stars. It makes you feel like you're in a wonderland, looking up at a magical night sky...







Raa! Did you know that Leadenhall was used in the filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone? Cool eh! Apparently it was used as the location for the 'The Leaky Cauldron' and also the magic shopping street 'Diagon Alley'. I wonder how many Harry Potter fans know that?





I think the light wasn't too great for these shots of the beautiful clock. The colour was certainly more vibrant while I was there...







Here's the other window but looks like no one's home...




....if you made it to the end of this blog post, well done! Ha ha, yes, I couldn't stop taking photos! And that's not all of them! Really? Yes! Camera and I really enjoyed this particular lunch time jaunt! But I'm so pleased we went (yes, Camera's like a friend on my lunch break adventures!), as it's been on my list for err, a "few" years! Is there somewhere you keep meaning to go have a look at, whether it be on a lunch break or maybe a day trip? I'd love to know!


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