This market used to be my local when I had a project at the Skype offices nearby. As any local will tell you, Leather Lane is a hive of activity on any given day. Among many cool markets in London worth checking out.
On the morning when the pictures below were taken, I opted to visit early just as the market was opening. Hence why the street looks quiet. Although many of the cafes around were open and fairly busy.
The street and its surrounding backstreets play host to a steady stream of office workers, shoppers, tourists, and market traders all drawn here by the opportunity to find everything they need within such a small radius.
If you’re reading this blog now, chances are good that you’re one of these people. Maybe you’re new to the area or simply looking for something new to try. Either way, we understand your need for a local’s guide to visiting Leather Lane Market.
We know exactly how much there is to cover about this unique corner of London and thanks to our insider contacts and years spent exploring it, we’re ready with all the answers. Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting Leather Lane Market!
A little about Leather Lane Market
So, first things first, the address for Leather Lane Market is Leather Lane, London, EC1N 7SH. It is one of the city’s oldest street markets and has been running since the 17th century.
Tucked away between the famous Hatton Gardens and Chancery Lane the market has seen so many changes in recent year. There are stalls with cuisine from around the world at the market.
The market can be found near the heart of London’s financial district. While it is not the most central market in London, it is well connected to public transport with the nearest stations being either Farringdon or Chancery Lane.
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What to expect when visiting Leather Lane Market
The market is most famous for its range of fresh produce, where you can find a plethora of fruits, vegetables, and dairy products. Leather Lane Market is also a great place to pick up some cheap clothes, and you’ll find a good selection of vintage garments and accessories.
Another thing that brings many here is the wide selection of food vendors. There is a delicious choice of cuisines to choose from. From Thai, Greek, Indian, Turkish, English, Lebanese and more.
Leather Lane is also famous for its selection of fish and seafood, and you’ll find everything from oysters to crayfish at the market. Great place to head to if you are after some tasty lunch food at an affordable price.
What’s on offer from the vendors at the market
There is usually a big selection of second-hand clothing, as well as a few vintage shops.
One of the most popular food vendors is Boilerman’s, which offers a wide selection of crayfish and seafood. If you want to try some fresh fruit, then you can’t go wrong with many of the stalls here.
Stalls, cafes and shops at Leather Lane Market worth checking out:
- Crosstown Doughnuts – Amazing selection of doughnuts.
- Halloumi Times – Marinated halloumi served as fries or in a wrap.
- El Jugo Bar – Everything from fresh juices and smoothies to healthy bowls.
- The Attendant Cafe – Quality coffee and pastries served with an ambience.
- Department of Coffee and Social Affairs – Modern espresso bar with cakes and chunky sandwiches
- Tapas y Paella – Delicious Spanish food perfect for seafood lovers.
- Chick – Falafel restaurant also has a stall in the market
- Kin – Stripped-back Pan-Asian street food cafe with exposed bricks, wooden boards, wines and artisan teas.
- Yorkshire Burrito – Sunday roast, in a giant Yorkshire pudding, eaten like a burrito
- Prufrock – Great cafe with even great coffee
- Greek Expectations – Serving up a taste of Cyprus, the home of Aphrodite
- Tong and Brisket – Known for its salt beef bagels
- Daddy Donkey – Mexican restaurant
- Federation – Really good coffee
- Dope Thai – Delicious Thai food
Leather Lane Market opening hours
Leather Lane Market is open five days a week: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Although many of the food stalls are only open from 10am to 2pm.
Interesting facts about the Leather Lane Market
Leather Lane Market is the oldest, continuous street market in the city. The market is also famous for its pie and mash shops.
Things To Do Near Leather Lane Market
- Check out the local cafes and restaurants.
- Clerkenwell: Explore street art that is dotted around the area nearby.
- The Barbican Centre: A modern arts and culture venue with a popular conservatory.
- St. Paul’s Cathedral: One of London’s most famous buildings.
- Old Spitalfields Market: A great alternative to the famous Brick Lane Market.
- Hatton Garden: Where the famous jewels heist was filmed.
- Frying Pan Park: A quirky park with a view of the River Thames.
- St. Botolph’s Church: The most beautiful church in the city.
- The Hoxton Square: A great place to people watch.
- The Nag’s Head pub: A great spot for a pint and a traditional English breakfast.
- Hoxton Street: A beautiful street known for its outdoor art installations.
- The Hoxton Hotel: The most famous hotel in the area.
- The rooftop of the hotel: One of the best views of the city.
- Get a pampering session in Farringdon.
- Visit Tate Modern – Free art gallery and amazing views over the Thames.
Where Is It And How To Get There
The market is located in the heart of London’s financial district, around a 10-minute walk from Farringdon or Chancery Lane stations. The area is very busy, with the market itself often having a buzz of activity as traders shout to passersby.
The market can get very busy on weekends, so be sure to arrive early.
Address: 75 Leather Ln, London EC1N 7TJ