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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Wear your body Armour and keep your wallet safely tucked away, the place is rougher than 800 grade sandpaper.