Sun’s Out, Buns Out: Al Fresco Dining at Leadenhall Market

The City of London’s iconic Victorian marketplace, Leadenhall Market, is extending its al fresco dining experience this summer, to offer more customers the opportunity to enjoy the eclectic flavours of the market in its beautiful surroundings.

Building on the market’s existing outdoor dining options, Bar Laurel, Boom Bap Burger and The Lamb Tavern will be extending their seating areas, while upstairs restaurant La Vina is creating an alfresco terrace experience in the market’s cobbled alleyways – protected from summer showers under its glass and wrought iron ceilings. 

With new creations and existing favourites on the menu throughout the afternoons and evenings, the Sun’s Out, Buns Out series will run throughout the summer from 7th May. To book a table, check with individual restaurants for specific dates and times. 

Creating the perfect pairing for the Spring series, a special Food & History Tour will also be running, celebrating Leadenhall as a centre of eating and drinking over the centuries. From its Roman origins, through to the Middle ages, the cook shops that served up the first fast food via hot pies among other nutritional (and not so nutritional) delights, to some of Dickens’ favourite spots, these insightful tours demonstrate how Leadenhall and the City have evolved over time, always ensuring there’s food to suit all palates.

The Food & History Tours will run every Wednesday from 15th May – 12th June (inclusive) from 6.30-8pm and will be hosted by City Walks London. Booking is essential and tickets can be purchased for £7 plus booking fee at Eventbrite

In 2023, the market had an influx of new food and drink outlets, welcoming South American specialists Argentinian Grill, Lebanese favourites Baba Ganoush, British burgers with a side of hip hop, soul & funk at Boom Bap Burger, bar snacks and light bites from Golden Goose by One Circle, Danish coffee project Hagen, Japanese soul food with Rainbo and Taiwanese bubble tea experts Yi Fang.

Located in the centre of the City of London’s financial district, Leadenhall Market celebrated its 700th anniversary in 2021. Originally a meat, poultry and game market, it is now home to 23 restaurants, cafes and bars, which sit alongside 15 retail outlets, creating a hub for shopping and dining in the City.

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Leadenhall Market is owned and managed by The City of London Corporation.  

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