Giant tentacles will be snaking their way out of Leadenhall Market’s Victorian windows ready to catch visitors unawares, as part of the iconic Market’s 700-year anniversary Halloween celebrations.
The monster six metre appendages will appear in the run-up to Halloween – in time for half term – alongside a family treasure hunt and a new series of atmospheric walks around the cobbled walkways, run by City of London guides.
As the days draw in, Leadenhall Market’s dark side will be revealed in the ‘Burials, Bombs and Fantastic Beasts’ walking tours, taking place every Wednesday evening in October (6th – 27th inclusive) from 6.30pm – 8pm. Although Leadenhall Market itself dates back to 1321, there have been people living and working in this area since Roman times and the walks will explore some of their sinister history – with witchcraft, murder and death at almost every turn. Tickets need to be booked in advance and are available at the subsidised price of £7 (plus fees) from Eventbrite.
Parents looking for half term inspiration can also download a treasure hunt – spotting hidden secrets within Leadenhall Market’s stunning architecture to win a prize, courtesy of Flying Tiger.
2021 marks the 700th anniversary of Leadenhall Market, which dates back to 1321 and is situated in what was the centre of Roman London. Located in the centre of the City of London’s financial district, the market was originally a meat, poultry and game market but is now home to 35 boutique retailers, restaurants, cafes, wine bars and an award-winning pub, The Lamb Tavern.
For more details on how Leadenhall Market will be celebrating its 700th anniversary this year, visit www.leadenhallmarket.co.uk. Visitors to the market – past and present – are being asked to share memories via the Market’s social channels using #Leadenhall700 @LeadenhallMkt.