Petticoat Lane Market
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- Petticoat Lane MarketMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Aug 16, 2014
Possibly the oldest surviving London's traditional market, Petticoat Lane Market had been alive and kicking since the mid 16th century. It had been since then traditionally a market that mostly sells clothing and household goods, it is still until today. Once dominated by Jewish immigrants fleeing from Europe around the 19th century, it sustained a severe damage during the World War II Blitz. Then started on the 70's, new immigrant from India and East Asia began to take over the area and the market. Now if you go visit the market you can see that most stalls are held by Asians.
I have to say, it's not a very pretty place, the things sold there are most probably won't interest common visitors. There is only one reason why I would go there, and it is for the cheap food :) In one of the alley braching from the Lane, there are a few stalls and trailers that sell foods. They are mostly Indian (curries), Chinese, Japanese of Carribean type of food. They taste quite good for the price you pay for them (less than £5). It is one of favourite place to get Lunch especially for city workers who's got office nearby (mine is only 5 minutes walk).
For quality of sold goods, the neary Spittalfields Market, or Camden Market in the North is more preferrable. But if you happen to be in the area and in need for a cheap but decent bites, come and visit the place.
- Petticoat Lane MarketFirst to ReviewAug 16, 2014
An interesting morning to just observe or have a good bargain on new items ranging from socks to kitchen utensils. More than a thousand stalls spread over two streets make up Petticoat Lane Market. This East End market which has been operating since the 1750's or earlier, is named after the petticoats and lace once sold there. Not a touristy area but a good experience.