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||Contact:|
Middlesex St, Glousten St, Toynbee St, Wentworth St, Bell Lane, Cobb St,
Leyden St, Strype St
|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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So many good stalls at Petticoat Lane market! My favourite is the falafel wrap for £3! It's called medium size but huge and will definitely make you full. The satay and katsu chicken wraps are also great.
It's best to just get takeaway, but there are a few seats around if you can't wait to eat!
I would definitely recommend for anyone who works nearby for a quick lunchtime feed, but it's also worth travelling to as the food is totally worth it, and so cheap!