Petticoat Lane Market

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Petticoat Lane Market
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If the promenade of trendies at the nearby Spitalfields Market gets a little overbearing, head a few streets south to the famously salt-of-the-earth Petticoat Lane Market. Note, however, that the stalls are actually located in and around Middlesex Street – the Victorians deeming the road’s original name a touch too saucy. Wares range from knocked-down toiletries to knocked-off designer clothing: batteries, cleaning products, fabrics, luggage, toys and everything in between are hawked at bargain prices while the area’s multicultural heritage shines through. Persecuted Huguenots (French Calvinists) settled here in the late seventeenth century, cementing the East End’s association with the textiles industry, while Jewish immigrants dominated in the 1800s. The area has since played home to a large Asian community.

Venue name: Petticoat Lane Market
Address: Middlesex St, Glousten St, Toynbee St, Wentworth St, Bell Lane, Cobb St,
Leyden St, Strype St
E1 7EX
Opening hours: 8am-4pm Mon-Fri (Goulston St, Toynbee St and Wentworth St only); 9am-2pm Sun.
Transport: Tube: Liverpool St/Aldgate East
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Ioanna La

Hungry? Go straight to the food market and you won't be disappointed! 

The falafel wrap is so delicious and very very cheap. Medium size is huge and it costs only 3 pounds. There is a queue most of the days but it goes fast as the falafel guy is a talent giving a show making the wrap so fast accompanied with some loud Lebanese music.

The katsu wrap is also amazing. Don't be discouraged by the long queue, they are also very fast! There are so many salad options to put inside the wrap that it almost compensates for the deep fried chicken katsu it has.

The Satay chicken stall must be a new one attracting plenty of people as there is always a big queue! Medium one is enough (don't go for the curry but for the satay chicken - it is so delicious! I love it) but if you're too hungry and not scared about sleeping on your desk afterwards, you can try the large one and go for half and half. 

Indian is good, Chinese is decent. Some stalls have chairs where you can sit.

Avoid Fridays if you can as it gets too busy! 

There is also a wide range of clothes in very low prices.

This market definitely made my lunch breaks more interesting as my office is around the corner! It is worth it a visit even if you don't work nearby.