Leadenhall Market Launches Mood-Boosting Light & Sound Installations

Birdsong and light-bathing installations launch in the City to help lift the mood this January

Photography by Tobias Fisher for Leadenhall Market

If you’re one of the few still traipsing into the office in central London, or happen to have a City postcode, then you’ll be thrilled to know that a little mood-booster has just arrived on your doorstep.

Leadenhall Market, one of the City of London’s oldest marketplaces, has launched a display of mood-boosting installations to give Londoners a much-needed uplift this January.

The sound of birdsong and special light-bathing spots have been integrated into unused units and quieter alleys of the iconic market, famous for its Victorian wrought iron and glass structure.

The installation forms part of Leadenhall Market’s ‘wellness month’, which aims to help locals kickstart their year with a healthy mindset and lifestyle.

Special walking routes via the market have been designed to inspire people to make the most of their daily dose of fresh air and exercise, by exploring parts of the City that are currently much quieter than they normally would be.

Birdsong offers a soothing contrast to the usual sounds of London’s Square Mile, while light bathing spots aim demonstrate how colours can affect the mood.

The  provides a spacious setting for locals to walk through and explore, while being able to stay socially distanced in a well-ventilated area.

‘As an outdoor public space, Leadenhall Market is accessible 24 hours a day and so can still be enjoyed by Londoners who are complying with the Government’s national lockdown restrictions,’ said Tom Sleigh, Chair of the Property Investment Board at the City of London Corporation.

‘We may not be able to offer our usual luxurious experience of 35 boutique shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, but we want to remind Londoners that we are here for them, as we have been since the 14th century.’

The installation can be experienced throughout the market from 11 January (Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm).


Please note that London remains under lockdown restrictions, meaning that you should not leave your house except where necessary (exercise is permitted).