Petticoat Lane was established over 400 years ago by the French Huguenots who sold petticoats and lace here. 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.
Monday to Friday Petticoat Lane Market is on Wentworth Street, but on Sundays it spreads out much further. The area 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 since at least the 1750s and now has more than 1,000 market stalls on Sundays.
Leather jackets is the specialty at the top end of the market, near Aldgate East, but the rest of the market is full of bargain clothing. Market traders buy in 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 9am to 2.30pm, with a smaller market open on Wentworth Street from Monday to Friday.
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 East
- Liverpool Street
Use Journey Planner to plan your route by public transport.
Petticoat Lane Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 10am - 2.30pm / Sundays: 9am - 2pm
Other Markets In The Area
Old Spitalfields MarketOld Spitalfields Market is now 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 is there Monday to Friday too. Shops open 7 days a week.
Brick Lane MarketBrick 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.
See: Brick Lane Market Guide.
Sunday UpMarket is in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane and sells fashion, accessories, crafts, interiors, and music. Opened in 2004, it has an excellent food area and is a hip place to hang out.
Sundays only: 10am - 5pm
Columbia Road Flower Market
Every Sunday, 8am-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.
See: Columbia Road Flower Market Guide.