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Walking Diagonalley

It was with great zeal that I meandered through the street of the City on Sunday. Apart from a few stragglers and a handful of worshipers all was silent in the suffused sunshine.

The City is an entirely different place during the week. It is itching with the hustle and bustle of rather important looking people rushing off to very important sounding meetings. Bankers, traders and all manner of corporate professionals coming at you from every corner and crevice.

On the weekends, the City workers disperse and leave behind a sedate yet pulsating treasure trove of History for the curious and willful to explore. I think I may be part of a rare breed of City worker that ventures back into the Square Mile after working hours. Without the maddening crowds I feel like the City is mine to explore!

Glass structures.

My mission was to find myself in Leadenhall Market.
You will know this place for you have been there (in a way) even if you don't realise it!
This place has featured in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus", "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" and even "Tomb Raider".

Leadenhall Market today

Although Leadenhall Market as it stands dates back to the late 1800s, it has lent it's foothold to many a purpose including, a Roman basilica way back in 40AD.


Leadenhall Market a long time ago.

History aside, I really like this place.
I enjoy marveling at it's opulence and stomping around it's cobbled streets.


This is London. A veritable mish mash of old and new standing proud yet side by side.


Leadenhall besides the Lloyds Building that I also like to stare at in bug-eyed idiot fashion.

I am really liking my newest crop top. I seem to be gathering a nice little collection of these garments.

A real delight of "petals" of silk and glass beads:

I do hope that I am not boring you all with my harping on about London.
I just wanted to present my city through my eyes as I am increasingly aware that the London I love is not the London everyone sees.

Post dedicated to Justine & Yumeko.
I hope I can show you around sometime.
x

24 comments:

  1. I love this!! It's almost eerie how empty the hall behind you is - like it's your own movie shoot. I will readily admit I squealed a little bit when I saw Diagon Alley - how cool!! You definitely need to show me there. What kind of shops are there? Is it open on weekends?

    I love love love the top. I still need to order my dress! And what lipstick are you wearing? It looks like a lovely pinky-peach.

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  2. Beautiful snaps! Love the petalled top too!

    ^I agree. the lipstick is gorgeous!!!! Please doe tell us what it is!

    I swear I've been to that leadenhall market before. I don't recall looking for it, but I remember being inside somewhere in London that looked remarkably like that after I got rather lost!

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  3. Jian - You weren't looking for a bookshop were you? Because that is how I stumbled upon it. I got soooooo lost and then ended up here and thought WOW!!

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  4. The post was perfection. A perfect balance of pretty and creepy. I,too,freaked out a little when I saw Diagon Alley. Freaky that you just answered a question I asked at dinner the other night.Set or real place because if its a real place we need to go back to England. I do love me some Harry Potter.REALLY REALLY LOVE.Also loved your outfit.Share more please.Thank you!=)

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  5. That was my exact reaction after I ended up in there! I'm afraid I don't remember what I was looking for though...My sense of direction is particularly awful, so I end up going on these rather lengthy excursions with lots of detours! I think the day I stumbled upon that market I was very lucky!

    By the way, I am really loving your leather jacket too. May I be cheeky enough to ask where that's from too?

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  6. This is NOT a boring post this post makes me feel proud to be a Londoner through and through! As a I am holed up in my room swamped in a mass of text books and papers I want to thank you for reminding me that there is so much more to life than stress and studying..its only for a while and I cannot wait to explore London while im in Town and take my mini diana for a test drive too! Shes still in her bow =l x x x

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  7. Great blog. I love, love your 1st shot. Very graphic, great lines. And Leadenhall is beautiful. I have never seen it so quiet. I have always thought it would make a great location for a fashion shoot. Finally I am really liking your newest crop top too. Very pretty. Xxxx

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  8. Drove through this area but did not get a chance to actually walk around.

    Your pics def make me wish I had a few more days in London.

    Love the top, esp with the jacket.

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  9. wheeee there's a post dedicated to me! heehee
    i loooove ur top! whodathunk topshop! i loooove it and looks just fab on u

    i dont think i been to leadenhall market before but sadly quite certain i been to the lloyds building before. GAHHHHH

    YESS i expect full tours when i get there
    can i have a harry potter tour XD

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  10. i love your photos and your top! so shiny. i love historical places--

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  11. I recognise that! And you always look so pretty and unusual in photos - I know you have a real job, but have you ever considered a bit of modelling on the side?

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  12. Love London - lived there for two years working for crazy-as-a-bat lady called Henrietta. She used to say you can never completely now the city. She's right! Can't wait to go back someday... (and yes, nice top and more london pics pls)

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  13. your petal top is so lovely! I will have to add Leadenhall Market to my list of places to visit in London since I loved reading HP (don't hate me for loving the kiddie books!). I think a trip to London is starting to come together, now that MG has discovered a reason to hop on a plane!

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  14. Ahh, glad I wasn't the only one who flipped a bit when I saw "Diagon Alley" as I love Harry Potter as well. I've been re-listening to the audio books (again, and I also have read all of the books of course) and it fits so well with your photos! Just really beautiful architecture. Thank you for sharing.

    I visited London when I was in high school and I miss it!

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  15. wow the place is sure empty during the weekends!why aren't any tourists visiting them! i would love to go to stare at those historical structures of a long period of time and explore every crook and cranny!..oh yes yes i dun mid at all! would love to have more of london pictures! <3 ootd!

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  16. LOL YES HARRY POTTER!! And I vaguely remember it in Tomb Raider.

    You look brilliant by the way! Love that top on you! Very feminine and soft! And when you add the jacket to it, it give the look a great hint of edge!

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  17. Your top is really cute! Sorry, I'm not sure if you've mentioned it in other posts but where did you get it? :)

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  18. MJ: UNUSUAL? Now that is the nicest thing to be called. Thank you. Me? model? NO WAY! I am a crazy neurotic modelling is a no go area.

    Tammy: It is so pretty, it's from Topshop.

    Evie: Tourists tend to stay in west London. Thank goodness.

    Yumeko: I AM WAITING FOR YOU!

    Imo: Darned right! London has its shitty moments but it can be soooo amazing at the same time.
    Mayaari: Your list of places to visit in London will be rather brilliant I think. Not many tourists would venture to the places I rave about.

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  19. love the top... i miss topshop so much!

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  20. I am such a Harry Potter nerd...I squeeled a bit when I read the title..lol

    How is it so empty..??? I would sit in the middle of it all and daydream about spells, potions, and words that don't rhyme...

    You have such an amazing sense of style, that jacket is to die for!! I love the masculinity of it on such an otherwise feminine outfit.

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  21. Aaah! Diagon Alley!! Can you believe I started the series when I was 9 and kept on reading as they came out? :) Yes, I'm quite the nerd. :) For an Old Cow, you really have the best taste in clothing...and backgrounds. x)

    I love these London tours you're giving us. :) I hope to be there one day, standing with my very own cool jacket, and marveling at the beautiful architecture. I'll try not to look like such a tourist. :)

    xoxo

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  22. Jian - You weren't looking for a bookshop were you? Because that is how I stumbled upon it. I got soooooo lost and then ended up here and thought WOW!!

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  23. I love this!! It's almost eerie how empty the hall behind you is - like it's your own movie shoot. I will readily admit I squealed a little bit when I saw Diagon Alley - how cool!! You definitely need to show me there. What kind of shops are there? Is it open on weekends?

    I love love love the top. I still need to order my dress! And what lipstick are you wearing? It looks like a lovely pinky-peach.

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