Leadenhall Market's All Dressed Up For Halloween

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Leadenhall Market's All Dressed Up For Halloween
huge purple tentacles wave outside leadenhall market
As far as we know this is NOT an elaborate marketing ploy from a certain renewable energy company.

Got your Halloween costume sorted for the weekend? Leadenhall Market does — it's going to the party as a giant eff-off squid.

Visit the beautifully-burgundy City of London market over Halloween, and you'll notice it's put a lot of effort into its fancy dress outfit — a terrifying number featuring huge purple and blue tentacles with green suckers, snaking out of various windows, and threatening to squeeze the life out of you. (As far as we know this is not an elaborate marketing ploy from a certain renewable energy company.)

giant purple tentacles snaking out of the windows of leadenhall market
Don't look up. oh you didn't.

If you do take the kids here over October half term, there's also a self-guided treasure hunt themed around the market and the City, plus a couple of book nooks, where you'll find suitably scary kids' reading material.

A painting of leadenhall market back when they had horses and carriages
Check out the windows of shop unit 43 to 45 to learn a little on the market's 700-year-old history. © London Metropolitan Archives

Although the extant Leadenhall Market is Victorian, a market of some kind has been here since Roman times. In fact, Leadenhall is currently celebrating its 700th birthday — and another thing to do while you're here is check out the display about its past, which you'll find in the windows of shop unit 43 to 45.

Last Updated 28 October 2021