Only a short distance from the Gherkin is another of those studies in contrasts which make London so interesting. Leadenhall Market is situated close to the centre of Roman London and dates from the 14th century. The current cast iron and glass structure dates from the 1880s and is very similar in style to other covered markets in London. It was heavily restored and redecorated about 20 years ago. Although originally a meat and poultry market it is now more a centre of pubs and restaurants though there are still some retail food outlets.