Leather Lane

In a nutshell

A mere ten minutes from St. Paul's Cathedral, Leather Lane Market is a hidden gem for lunch in central London. Chartered at this central, well-connected site for over 300 years, this is a market which blends history, everyday wares and contemporary food from all over the world. According to TimeOut’s review: "it’s safe to say that you could probably eat something different every day at Leather Lane for every day of the month.".

With an array of vendors, from stalwarts who have sold their wares at the market for over 30 years, to fresh faces offering innovative products and food, this is a diverse market with a wonderfully local, community feel which has been well-preserved despite its central location. From clothing and coffee, to cards, books and tapas, there’s something for every visitor to the historic Leather Lane Market which is open on weekdays from 10am-2pm.

ABOUT THE MARKET

This is a market which has been loved throughout the generations and today stands on the cusp of change. In the 13th Century, the street the market now stands on was known as Le Vrunelane (likely named for a local merchant). Across the years, this name became corrupted. In the 14th Century it was recorded as Loverone Lane, then Liver Lane until finally becoming known as Leather Lane, home to a busy local market for over three centuries.

Today the many "traditional" market sellers of Leather Lane can still be found, offering clothing, food, books, household goods and much more as they have for at least three decades. As markets have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, these veteran sellers have been joined by a fresh wave of exciting stalls offering everything from chorizo, to avant garde toasted cheese!

Here’s how the tasty, gooey Grill My Cheese stall got started: "Nishma and I are friends who love melted cheese. After seeing a lot of synthetic white bread and processed grilled cheese in the USA, it got us thinking - what if we can take this concept of a ‘gourmet’ grilled cheese and give the humble cheese toastie a modern and fun twist? We came up with some interesting and delicious sandwich combinations that we now sell at street food markets."

While you’re exploring Leather Lane’s gourmet delights, make sure you pop over to the Embutique stall where you’ll fnd lovingly prepared Spanish cuisine including incredibly good chorizo (try it in their chicken and chorizo baguette). Victus & Bob’s Lebanese inspired cuisine is another draw, with customers raving about their lamb and halloumi wraps, while blogger Kwai Chi names WarungTempeh’s Indonesian food as his London market favourite.

THINGS TO DO IN CENTRAL LONDON

Located in the heart of the city, there are so many fantastic things to do in Central London before and after your visit to Leather Lane Market. For even more foodie treats on the street, blogger Kwai Chi recommends: "great coffee nearby at Sampa Coffee or chemex at Prufrock." along with "great wraps, salads and cakes at Bon Vieux Temps".

If you’ve had your fill, it’s time to explore the vibrant, famous and fun-filled local area. For a dose of highbrow culture and history, take a tenminute stroll to the world-famous St Paul’s Cathedral, stop by the Dickens Museum for your literary fix, travel London’s hidden postal railway at the Postal Museum (opening 2017), delve into the London Metropolitan Archives, delve into the human body at Bart’s Pathology Museum or enjoy the nine free galleries of the Museum of London.

If you haven’t crammed enough market action into your day yet, the famed Smithfield Market is a short walk away (get there early for the best cuts of meat), or for something completely different, try your hand at a spot of Urban Golf.

Want to enjoy a dose of London’s vibrant art scene? Enjoy contemporary art from up and coming artists at Hollybush Gardens or enjoy world class dance in every tradition at Sadler’s Wells. For a bit of dancing yourself, revellers should head to fabric with its impressive bodysonic dancefloor - this is a club for clubbers, by clubbers.

Whether you’re people-watching or dancing ‘til the early hours, you’ll need somewhere to stay to enjoy this area to the full. Dicover your ideal hotels near St Paul’s Cathedral online.