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  • Middlesex Street
    Spitalfields
    London

    London E1 7HT
    Spitalfields
  • Phone number 020 7364 1717
  • “Tho some of it is just this and that, but I have my favourite stalls which often have some really great outfits.” in 9 reviews

  • Bargains galore at this historic market and cultural market just a little south of brick lane and 2 mins east of Liverpool street.” in 5 reviews

  • “If I want inexpensive clothing, I go to Primark.” in 3 reviews

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  • 5.0 star rating
    28/10/2013

    I only come here for the food. If I want inexpensive clothing, I go to Primark. As it stands, I try to avoid inexpensive clothing!

    I cant recommend enough the Thai stall. £4.50 gets you a Satay wrap/with rice which is great value, and £5 will get you a large one which is massive! They pack loads in, the sauce is great, though slightly too sweet for me, and the chillis have a decent kick. £5!

    Oh, if you do get the wrap, I recommend you firstly roll your sleeves up unless you want a turmeric stain that'll never come out of your cuffs, and secondly eat it with a plate nearby so you can catch your filling when thewrap inevitably falls apart.

    I once went all gung-ho adventurous and tried the Turkish stall opposite which sadly wasnt as good. See, if it ain't broke....!

    I should probably mention that there is an Indian stall at the "start" which always smells really good, as does the Chinese/Vietnamese stall. I guess i will (should) try these at some point.

  • 2.0 star rating
    1/9/2014

    Has a nice heritage but the summer day I went the product for sale was mostly mediocre second-hand clothing. I wouldn't make a special trip as a tourist but not a bad place to wander through.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/9/2013

    This is the kind of place that is very hit-or-miss...depends what 'falls off the truck' that week .  The quality of goods generally is quite low, I wouldn't recommend going out of your way to come here.

    However...as a local....I usually go 1 -2 times a month because sometimes you get amazing finds.  Last week I got a Benefit Sugarbomb blush and Dior eyeshadow for £5 each, this week I couldn't find the same vendor.  Today I snagged a really cool pair of cropped textured trousers from Next for £5.  In the past I've bought great silk blouses, dresses from Zara for work, excellent box CD compilations, & Sally Hansen nail polish for dirt cheap prices.  Other times I've wasted an hour poking around looking and finding nothing.  

    If you're in the mood for a treasure hunt then try it out.
    Tip: arrive before 11am or the crowds can be really annoying.

  • 3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008
    First to Review

    I was told before I went here that this is one of London's oldest and most famous street markets. Evidently age and quality do not go hand in hand. I was so disappointed by the market; I was expecting antiques, food, old books and original artwork.

    What I got was designer knock-off watches, the exact same polyester dresses in every single stall and pirate DVDs. I can't even advice on what you could possibly get here that you couldn't get anywhere else, except a headache from the microphone wearing man who is trying to flog his anti-arthritis bracelets.

  • 5.0 star rating
    21/4/2010

    This market gets a 5!!

    I came to this market everday for 4 years when I worked in the area. Tho some of it is just this and that, but I have my favourite stalls which often have some really great outfits. Not to mention the fruit and vege sellers that will have my healthy fix for lunch, and later for supper.

    I still wear a suit that I bought from this market over 10 years ago. You would think it would be out of fashion, but is my most complimented work outfit.

    I love this market!

  • 2.0 star rating
    13/12/2008

    London is an expensive city, but if you keep your eyes open there are affordable gems to be found everywhere. Petticoat Lane market is not exactly a gem but it is affordable.

    Over one thousand stalls spread over two streets. Most of the products on sale are cheap clothing. By cheap I do mean extremely affordable. You can find many items as little as £1. The quality is not always fantastic but if you do a little digging you can find some great deals. Alongside the clothes there are allsorts of random stalls selling anything from stereos to ornaments.

    The whole area around Petticoat Lane market is set-up to be affordable to those without masses of disposable income. If you are looking for bargains, this is the place.

  • 3.0 star rating
    10/2/2011

    I'm not a big fan of this place as it's crowded and the stuff that's sold here tends to be of rather poor quality. Still, I recognise that Petticoat Lane Market is an institution and that the market traders have been doing this for years now, so I shouldn't scoff.

    What you'll find sold here are women's clothes, bags, shoes, socks, cosmetics and textiles. There're also a couple of food stalls located towards the middle of the market which smell delicious when you walk past.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/3/2012

    Cheaply made clothes more for the Walmart-type crowd. Definitely not a touristy place nor is it a destination spot.

    Food court consists of maybe 6 trucks, nothing spectacular.

  • 2.0 star rating
    6/6/2012
    2 check-ins

    Don't get it.

    I understand the heritage aspect - it's years old and I bet back in the day it was the place for cheap clothes and shoes. But hey, we have Primark now - so it's all a bit redundant.

    What is worth the trip are the food stalls on Goulston Street - masses of tasty food for bugger all money. The katsu chicken wrap is ridiculous value.

  • 2.0 star rating
    25/11/2008

    To be fair, I don't think I quite understand markets like this... don't get their appeal.  What's to like about a dingy road lined with stalls full of cheap cast-off clothing that I swear is a decade old and has finally arrived at what appears to be the 'last chance' bazaar?  Petticoat Lane is all about racks of horrendous polyester suits in grotesque patterns - going for a mere pound!  Ugh.  The name holds such promise and charm, it's terrible that the reality is mostly just sad and kind of depressing.  

    But then again, the market is still going, and shop sellers still set up every day (rumor has it Alan Sugar got his start there???) ... and presumably they're selling wares - so *somebody* must understand this market and find it appealing - that person just isn't me.

  • 3.0 star rating
    14/12/2008

    So I was walking home the other day and ended up wandering through the Petticoat Lane Market.  And I kind of loved it.  The same way I love the Bethnal Green Road Market. It's so trashy, it's hard not to love. And, amongst the piles of suspicious looking polyester clothing, I did find a few gems.

    I picked up a gorgeous silk floral skirt, super vintage-esque for £2, and a cool little dress for £2 also. Sometimes a girl just has to make a couple of impulsive purchases to brighten her day! Granted, I haven't worn them yet, but am looking forward to!

    It's also a great place for picking up odds and ends for the house, if one can't be bothered travelling into Oxford Street to hit up Primark or some such place - this market has lots of bedding, towels and crockery.  Look, it may not Spitalfields Market, but it also doesn't have the exorbitant price tags of Spitalfields either. Check it out if you're in the neighbourhood and need a market fix!

  • 2.0 star rating
    2/10/2010

    This is the market to get a gift for the kids. I picked up soccer scarves and jerseys at reasonable prices for my daughters. But, everything else is new, but not great quality clothes and home electronics.
    this is not as bad as Camden Market however.

    • Qype User Marzip…
    • Melbourne, Australia
    • 57 friends
    • 167 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    17/12/2007

    A lovely market during the week, that opens up to about ten different streets of goods on a Sunday, Petticoat Lane offers something for everyone  clothing, watches, leather goods, toys, cheap CDs, and other odds and ends.

    It is also close enough to visit Brick Lane Market and Spitalfields Markets on the same day. These sellers are out there rain, hail or shine, and so are the tourists and other bargain hunters.

    • Qype User inspir…
    • London
    • 624 friends
    • 366 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    14/12/2008

    As far as markets go, there is such a rich selection in the East End, from Spitalfields to Brick Lane to Broadway that this winding street off Commerical Street pails by comparison. Not to say that it isn't worth a gander, with some hot bargains and last minute Christmas goodies. The clothing lines change with the seasons and easily out-compete the surrounding London stores on price. It is open weekdays until 2pm, and early morning Sunday until 2.30pm. It's actually named after the petticoats and lace once sold there by the French Huguenots who descended on a fair city in the 1750s.

    The stalls are particularly renowned for women's fashions, although forget it in a rainshower as there is little shelter to shimmy and change, which is always a prerequisite before I buy. As well as clothes, the market also offers a good range of toys and electronic goods such as stereos, radios, DVD players and videos. Round this off by the popping into the excellent Princess Alice for a roast and an organic pint of cider.

    • Qype User deanne…
    • London
    • 103 friends
    • 34 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    29/7/2008

    Seriously! How does no one know about this place? Am I going to be abducted and tortured for exposing it? All the knock offs from the high street are here. Some real, some better than the original and all for really cheap! Selfridges, top shop.. all the fashionable high street shops..

    It is big and there are racks and racks of clothes, household items, gifts and odd things. I loved it here and can't wait to go back. Everything is negotiable and it feels like you mostly run in to locals, not loads of tourists as you do with other markets.

    I even hate shopping but I love bargains! I shall say no more but read the other reviews of this place, they sum up the shopping a bit better.

    • Qype User bholta…
    • London
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    • 39 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    21/1/2008

    I recently found this gem near Liverpool Street. It's a huge market that has loads of little stores which have the cheapest clothes I've come across in London.

    Ok, so they're not High Street quality, but they're not gonna fall apart in one wash either. You can pick up a respectable work suit for as little as £15 and I'm sure if you haggle you could get it for even less. It beats Oxfam with £1 shirts and £3 pin strip pants. There are also CDs and toiletries - stay clear of the pirated DVDs though.

    I should also mention that the place is huge and the stores closest to the entrances are the most expensive so it's best to dive into the middle of this market.

    Happy shopping!

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/2/2009

    This is a rememberance piece, a thumbnail sketch of how Petticoat Lane was in the 60's.  

    A noisy conglomeration of stalls yes but so many owned by old Jewish merchants who stood there on Sunday mornings eyeballing the motley crew of people who came ashopping, looking for delicacies only the old Polish and Russian Jews could still produce.   Barrels overflowing with pickled green cucumbers in salty brine, you could spear the ones you liked and pull 'em out to be wrapped in waxed paper.  Long strings of bagels fluttered in the air.  Not the humungous stuff they sell nowadays but these were small and round, baked brown and crisp on the outer and filled with the lightest, whitest bread on the inner - absolutely yummy.  There were rounds of farmers cheeses and caraway cheeses and yellow dutch cheeses.  Milky white yoghurt, thick and creamy (none of your chemicalized, non fat rubbish) in kegs that could be spooned into small bowls, or big ones if you so desired.  Large pots of smetna which is sour cream filled with shredded cucumber, and enormous vats of creamy yellow or white butter cut into shapes and sizes to your heart's desire.

    There were pickled onions and pickled fishes, herring and kipper and whitefish, and lots of smoked salmon to put on bagels with cream cheese.  

    Later in the day when the purveyors had gone home to their little houses in the nearby streets of that largely ghetto area, you could still wander down the Lane and see the pulled down shades of those people - the last remains of an age swiftly passing, till today there is nothing left but the tawdriness of our 21st century.

  • 1.0 star rating
    22/3/2010

    I never like giving one stars,but sadly,Petticoat lane has to be my first. Its pride and shine has since faded,and the likes of the colourful and lively Camden lock market or the Mysterious but brilliant Portobello road have since marred this market's reputation.Now all that remains is a ramshackle looking building in a dodgy looking area selling cheap clothes,many of which do look a bit suspicious,and household equioment,which is OK,but just OK. Nearby Brick lane is ten times better,but its a real shame that Petticoat doesnt have that wow factor anymore. I dont think that ill ever return to Petticoat Lane,which sadly,is on a life support machine.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/12/2008

    One of London's oldest markets, Petticoat lane market is, to be honest, a bit of a disappointment.   Busy and bustling with row upon row of clothes stalls selling their wares which are generally cheap, tacky and mostly useless pieces of junk.   Is that a bit harsh?  It's just that out of all the markets in London, this is one of the most famous and so you'd expect a bit more from it.  Maybe the good stalls have moved to nearby Spitalfields.  

    If you're looking for cheap stereos, dvd's, toys, watches and clothes, then its worth a look.  Just don't be expecting quality.

  • 2.0 star rating
    2/1/2009

    Petticoat Lane Market has good notices but little of interest on offer. Mostly stocked with the same Made in China junk that you can find at Pound shops and Whitechapel I cannot really understand why this is a destination. In regards to history, it certainly has cache, but not enough for me to head over there again any time soon. Dullsville.

    • Qype User DrO2…
    • London
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    • 127 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/11/2007

    It's nice to come across a stalls-in-the-street style market once in a while, and this place offers a different kind of bustle to the city. The stalls sell mainly clothes, but there are CD stalls and a fruit and veg stand at the west entrance; women tend to have a little more choice than the men, but that's no different to anywhere else. Behind the stalls there are various fabric shops selling fantastically bright cloth, and also the odd open fronted clothes shop where I've picked up some decent bargains. I like the vibe, the stallholders have obviously known each other for years. They do start to pack up fairly early on in the afternoon though, ideal for getting out of the office at lunch .

    • Qype User farawa…
    • Bristol
    • 50 friends
    • 217 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/9/2008

    This is a large street market with a real variation of stalls. I love the stalls with vintage clothing and all sorts of beads and jewellery. It is a good place to browse and feels more down-to-earth than Covent Garden.

    • Qype User TylerG…
    • Bath
    • 0 friends
    • 11 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    14/1/2013

    I love this market! I've had stalls at various markets in London and this is one of the more popular ones. You can grab yourselves some bargains here, especially on food and drink. It's worth a visit and if your local then you should be shopping here rather than down the Tesco Express ;)

    • Qype User Maria7…
    • London
    • 20 friends
    • 99 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/11/2008

    This market is starts on Middlesex Street and trades on a Sunday and is so big, the atmosphere is great, you can get nice food, jewellery at cheap prices, latest fashion clothes for half the price than the shops.

    • Qype User kingof…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 49 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    22/11/2008

    Bargains galore at this historic market and cultural market just a little south of brick lane and 2 mins east of Liverpool street. Dealing mainly in cloths (particularly women's) this market has some of the best shopping London has to offer. With most prices being £1, £5 or £10 with a lot of major high streetbrands is great for any budget. Women's suits and coats being £10. There's also a guy selling French connection seconds (as the warehouse used to be up the road in bow)stuff cheap with the occasionally nicholes farhi thing too. Sunday is the day to go but be careful as it gets really crowded.

    • Qype User sandra…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 11 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    7/6/2010

    Not my most favourite, but it often surprises. I saw some pure linen neck scarves there on Sunday selling for £8. I was greedy and bought one in every colour.

    • Qype User boom…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 16 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    30/1/2011

    Grim. Nasty street market full of fake Duracell batteries, phone covers for old Nokia phones and ties marked as £50 each but sold for £1. Market traders often break into our bin room and urinate in it, so suppose I am a bit biased.

    Occasionally see disappointed tourists who have followed a guide book to the market, only to be very puzzled and put out.

    There really is nothing special here. Apparently decades ago it really used to be something.

    • Qype User stanle…
    • Leighton Buzzard, Central Bedfordshire
    • 1 friend
    • 7 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/4/2010

    and Chapel Street and Leather Lane! x

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