A trip to London without stopping at a street market is like a holiday in Australia without going to the beach; a waste and a shame.London’s many street markets are vibrant and interesting and a great source of everything from delicious food to funky jewellery. If you love the free form adventure style of shopping that street markets inspire then you have got to get yourself to the Petticoat Lane Market; London’s old and world renowned Sunday Market.
Petticoat Lane Market stands proud as one of London’s oldest markets, dating all the way back to the 17th Century. The old market sprung up when there was still barely any city in the area; cloth being pegged up in the surrounding fields for display. It evolved from this into a centre of clothes manufacturing, serving the well to do in the City of London and even then boasting the latest fashions as they hit the market. Confusingly today the market doesn’t take place on Petticoat Lane, as the lane no longer exists. The name Petticoat was deemed too risqué in 1846 (because it referred to women’s undergarments) and the name was changed. The market is now technically the Middle sex Street Market, but by way of rebellion against the ridiculous Victorian standards the old street name has stuck around as the name of the market.
The Petticoat Lane Market is perhaps best known as a superb place to go clothes shopping. Among the more than a thousand stalls you can find men’s and women’s clothes in every style from street-cred clubbing outfits to last year’s fashion must haves. The east side near Aldgate in particular is famous for its leather wear. Everywhere there isn’t clothes you will find bric-a-brac, household goods, jewellery and general bits and bobs for all tastes and interests.It is an enormous selection of odds and ends and always attracts the Sunday bargain hunters in their droves; well worth the trip just to witness it all, let alone for the shopping.
Petticoat Lane Market is perfectly situated for easy transport from all over London.The Shoreditch Overground Station, Liverpool Train Station, Liverpool Tube Station, and Aldgate Station connect you to most of the major tube and railway lines that pass through London like the Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan, Central and District Lines, and the Overground rail.It would be a trip of only a few minutes on the Central Line to get from the luxury West End hotels like the Park Grand London hotels to Petticoat Lane Market.If you happen to be off the tube network don’t worry, the whole area is easily accessible by a number of bus routes that will definitely connect you to where you want to be.Also, if you are planning to stay in the area, you are only a five minute walk from the hotel London City Suites by Montcalm and other luxury hotels in the Hoxton area.