Diagon Alley – You Are Kidding Me Right – Picture of the Day!
There I was enjoying myself wandering along Dickensian alleyways half expecting Bob Cratchit to appear around the next corner… instead a lost middle aged couple appeared… ‘Excuse me, do you know where Diagon Alley is?’ WTF… Go watch the movie, but if you are looking for Leadenhall Market it is that a way…
Luckily the print off for the tour I was enjoying reminded me that Leadenhall Market had been used as an exterior for some of the scenes for Diagon Alley in a Harry Potter movie so I knew what the hell the oversized kids were talking about! Seemingly the Optician’s shop located in the Bull’s Head Passage in the market was also a location used for the Leaky Cauldron…. I’m sure potter fans are hugely disappointed when they clasp eyes upon this shop in real life! However I know they have big imaginations…!!!
Leadenhall Market is a truly beautiful and ornate Victorian Market that dates from 1881. Dickens mentions the original market in Nicholas Nickleby – ‘I can buy new-laid eggs in Leadenhall Market any morning before breakfast’.
When I arrived at Leadenhall Hall market on Sunday afternoon there were only a handful of people to share the scene with! Until… suddenly like a plague of locusts, a tour group appeared and the market was a busy hive of activity…there were tourists everywhere. Some geezer wearing a Harry Potter scarf was leading the way like he was running the 100 metres…rush…rush…rush!
This weeks, mid-week Picture of the Day features Diagon Alley…no, no, no, what I’m I saying, I meant to say Leadenhall Market – I think the clown in the scarf put a spell on me or something!
The best time to visit Leadenhall Market is on a Sunday when all the shops are shut, it is truly a remarkable place to wonder around. Just watch out you don’t get trampled on by the Harry Potter fans!