Leadenhall market in London dates back to the 14th century with the present structure having been designed in 1881 and replacing the previous stone structure. Leadenhall is a marvel of Victorian iron and glasswork and a must see for market enthusiasts visiting London. Portions of the market were used for the filming of a couple of scenes of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.
Good grief! It's in such perfect condition, and such a natural for a Harry Potter movie with the dragons atop the columns and the general golden Victorian richness, that I would have assumed it was a set, rather than the real thing!
Wow. What a wonderful, beautiful space. Do you have any idea how the shops look on the other side? I assume they're all buildings which accumulated through time, then were joined with a cohesive facade in 1881. This definitely gives another dimension to "let's go to the mall"!
Well, Paris had something very beautiful, not exactly galleries but a historic wrought-iron and glass market, Les Halles. When the wholesale markets for the city were moved out to Rungis (which was necessary) they stupidly - in my opinion - knocked down Les Halles rather than restoring them.
Yes, there is something very specifically British and Victorian about the kind of splendour in this market - I've been to the Galleria in Milan and the Brussels one as well - didn't know there was one standing in Sydney - it is Melbourne that is famous for its galleries, down there.
That's like my dad. I'm left-handed. So was he. But that was verboten just about everywhere before the Second World war. Had right-handedness rather beaten into him with the ruler. Couldn't write for sh...
The "Iron Age" was indeed one of the high points of architectural creativity. Paris would have some big holes in it without the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, the Pont Alexandre III, the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, etc. -- plus all of the remaining iron pavilion covered markets in the city (mine is currently being renovated).
Yes, I've been there. Also not far from you is Halle St-Pierre in Montmartre which is now a museum/gallery for "art brut" and "art singulier" www.hallesaintpierre.org/ (for non-Parisians, that is more westerly from La Chapelle).
I don't always like "art brut" but have seen some interesting shows there - it is a lovely exhibition space.
I see they've opened a temporary market on place de Torcy:
Marché couvert de La Chapelle 10 rue l'Olive Métro : Marx Dormoy Mardi, vendredi : 9h - 13h et de 16h à 19h30 Samedi : 9h - 13h et de 15h30 - 19h30 Dimanche : 8h30 - 13h30
FERMETURE POUR TRAVAUX
Pendant les travaux de rénovation et d'aménagement du marché couvert de La Chapelle, un marché provisoire a été installé sur la place de Torcy. Vous pouvez y retrouver les mêmes commerçants. Les horaires d'ouverture de ce marché provisoire sont : Mardi, mercredi, jeudi, vendredi et samedi : 8h - 13h et de 16h - 19h30 Dimanche de 8h - 13h30
bjd, shame about Toulouse. The similar market in Barcelona is a huge attraction.
Le Forum des Halles remains "a bg hole" - have they had and success at all in rehabilitating that nasty shopping mall?
re: the destruction of the 19th century iron/glass buildings ~~ If you look up the Crystal Palace, it's fascinating reading. One of the most interesting things about it is that it was moved. Since that was possible in the 1850s, it makes it even more tragic that Les Halles and the market in Toulouse were deliberately destroyed so late in the 20th century.
This is spectacular. I do love this period of design for the most part. Sometimes get overwhelmed by it but always go back to loving it. I would have to be dragged out of that Pen Shop. I have no weakness for shoes,bags,none of that. But,fine pens...