Your Guide to Visiting Petticoat Lane Market

Petticoat Lane Market
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Petticoat Lane Market was established over 400 years ago by the French Huguenots who sold petticoats and lace from the stalls. The prudish Victorians changed the name of the Lane and market to avoid referring to woman's underclothes. Although the street was renamed Middlesex Street in the early 1800s it is still known as Petticoat Lane Market today.

From Monday to Friday Petticoat Lane Market is located on Wentworth Street but on Sundays it spreads out much further.

The market is well-known for its leather goods, plus you'll also find chain store clothes at bargain prices, watches, junk jewelry, and toys.

About Petticoat Lane Market

Petticoat Lane Market has been held in the area since at least the 1750s and now features more than 1,000 market stalls on Sundays.

Leather jackets are the specialty at the top end of the market (near Aldgate East) and the rest of the market is full of bargain clothing. Market traders buy bulk end-of-season lines and sell them on at great reductions. Women's fashion is always popular here.

As well as clothing, you can also find a good range of toys and electronic goods such as stereos, radios, DVD players, and videos, plus shoes and bric-a-brac.

Getting to Petticoat Lane Market

The market is held in and around Middlesex Street on Sundays from 9 am to 2:30 pm, with a smaller market open on Wentworth Street from Monday to Friday.

Address:

Mainly: Middlesex Street, London E1
Plus, on Sundays: Goulston Street, New Goulston Street, Toynbee Street, Wentworth Street, Bell Lane, Cobb Street, Leyden Street, Strype Street, Old Castle Street, Cutler Street, London, E1

Nearest Tube Stations:

  • Aldgate (Circle and Metropolitan lines)
  • Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City and District lines)

Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.

Petticoat Lane Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 10am to 2.30pm; Sundays: 9am to 2pm

Other Markets In The Area

Old Spitalfields Market

Old Spitalfields Market is a seriously cool place to shop. The market is surrounded by independent shops selling hand-made crafts, fashion, and gifts. The market is busiest on Sundays but opens Monday to Friday too. Shops open 7 days a week.

Brick Lane Market

Brick Lane Market is a traditional Sunday morning flea market with a wide array of goods on sale including vintage clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, music, and so much more.

Sunday UpMarket

Sunday UpMarket is in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and sells fashion, accessories, crafts, interiors, and music. It has an excellent food area and is a hip place to hang out.
Sundays only: 10am to 5pm

Columbia Road Flower Market

Every Sunday between 8am and 2pm, along this narrow cobbled street, you can find over 50 market stalls and 30 shops selling flowers, and gardening supplies. It's a truly colorful experience.