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Diagon Alley – You Are Kidding Me Right – Picture of the Day!

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!


  1. I’ve not seen any of the Harry Potter films so this would have passed me right by. I’d love to see this market though. Very beautiful.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

  2. Comedy Plus, I once watched about 30 mintues with my former wifes son and I was saved when his friend came round to play X-box, god bless X-box!

  3. Looks like a lovely place to shop. I have to admit that I have not seen all the Potter movies or read all the books so I will only know to ask for directions to the Leadenhall Market.

  4. Not a Harry Potter fan myself, as you can imagine the kids are which isn’t so good!

  5. AVCr8teur it does look likea cool place to shop, eat and drink.

    Brian I feel your pain!