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Petticoat Lane Market, July 2003


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Petticoat Lane

More than a thousand stalls - spread over Middlesex St, Wentworth St and the surrounding lanes and walkways - make up this renowned East End market. The Sunday market, which grew out of an observance of the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday, has been operating for over a hundred years, and still attracts crowds from all over the city intent on haggling for a bargain. You'll find cut-price clothing and beautiful Asian fabrics, but anything could turn up here, such as Indian gold jewellery and Middle Eastern rugs, cheap kettles, toasters and bed linen. The Aldgate East End of the market is devoted to leather jackets, and is a great place to haggle.

 Petticoat Lane Market, July 2003

Middlesex St and Wentworth St, Aldgate, E1

Open: Mon - Fri 10am - 2:30pm; Sun 9am-2pm

Tel: 020 7377 8963


8, 11, 23 (Mon-Fri), 26, 35, 42, 43(Sun - Market hours only), 47, 48, 78, 100, 133, 141 (Sun), 149, 214, 242, 271 (Sat & Sun only), 344

Liverpool Street, Aldgate

Liverpool Street




Web site for the main 'Old Spitalfields Market' is  

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Old Spitalfields Market


Welcome to Old Spitalfields Market, one of London’s finest Victorian market halls set in an historic location in the heart of the City and one of the crown jewels of the East End.

Firmly established on the ‘must visit’ list of destinations for Londoners and tourists alike, Old Spitalfields offers a fusion of Victorian splendour and contemporary architecture, bringing together some of the Capital’s finest restaurants, shops and an array of themed, stall market days.

You can dine in style, browse through the antique market, buy unique designer clothes and relax with a glass of fine wine watching the hustle and bustle of the City pass you by. Easy to find, Old Spitalfields Market is a short walk from both Liverpool Street and Aldgate East stations.


Find out more about the new shopping areas                                      

Spitalfields, the much loved historic pocket of London located on the cusp of both the City and the East End, has been transformed following an extensive regeneration programme.
Check out the new web site  for news and full details of free public arts and events programme.

The 250-acre site of Spitalfields is a multifarious network of traditional traders and cutting edge creatives, market stallholders and burgeoning fashion boutiques, immigrant communities, city workers and the original East Ender.
The regenerated area offers two new public spaces, Bishops Square and Crispin Place, home to an eclectic range of independent retailers and restaurants offering everything from fashion and beauty to gourmet food, flowers and homeware.

Spitalfields, E1 has successfully merged the existing Victorian architecture of the original market with modern architecture.  The vast glass canopy in Bishops Square offers all year round coverage and expansive spaces for people to sit and enjoy their surroundings.  These Œpiazzas
¹ will also accommodate the Spitalfields Public Arts and Events programme including art happenings, live music performances, street theatre, tea dances, markets and fashion events.

Bishop Square is also home to one of London
¹s largest installation of solar panels - the roof contains 580 square metres of high performance Photovoltaic Solar panels.

With all this activity ­ the influx of restaurants, cafes and new independent retailers, Spitalfields is now a brilliant seven day-a-week destination with much to offer locals, city workers and visitors.

This is not the first time Spitalfields has undergone change, but it is certainly the most exciting and far-reaching in its responsibilities towards both existing communities and future ones. the message is simple: the new Spitalfields has not emerged to erase the past but rather to enhance it, new exists along old - both looking towards a future of renewed prospects in one of London's most vibrant neighbourhoods.

Please visit  for up to date information on the free events programme, restaurants, food stores, retail shops and markets


Location Map

Commercial Street, E1

Open: Mon - Fri 11am - 3:30pm; Sun 10am-3pm


8, 26, 35, 43 (Sunday market hours only), 47, 48, 67, 78, 149, 242

Liverpool Street



Billingsgate Fish Market

More than 65 merchants sell almost every type of fish and seafood you could imagine, from jellied eels and salted cod to salmon from Norway or lobsters from Canada. Also sells trade essentials, like catering supplies and utensils.


Trafalgar Way, Isle of Dogs, E14

E14 Open: Tues-Sat 5am-8:30am



277 (Mon-Sat), D6, D7, D8




Columbia Road Flower Market

Recommended by BBC London's Robert Elms
"Sunday morning at its best is a florid affair. Head for Columbia Road market to experience the fragrant delights of a pint of prawns and a pint of lager, a bagel or bun and a bunch of petunias or tulips, or a vast array of plants, pots and bits and pieces for your garden. With its raucous sellers yelling their wares and its cool shops flogging dented antiques or scented candles, it's the perfect mix of traditional East End and trendy Hoxton. Go anytime and it's great fun, go late and you can pick up the best floral bargains in town."


Columbia Rd, E2

Open: Sundays, 8am - 2pm

Tel: 020 7377 8963

Direct Link into their web site for more information



8, 26, 35, 43 (Sun market hours only), 47, 48, 67, 78, 149, 242, 243

Liverpool Street then bus 26 or 48



Brick Lane

A Sunday morning tradition for many East Enders, Brick Lane market is a vast hotchpotch of stalls selling leather, clothing, second-hand furniture and bric-a-brac with a real hustle and bustle-atmosphere. Here, second-hand stores and leather shops line the actual market itself, and hot dog stands compete for trade with the many cheap and cheerful Indian and Bangladeshi restaurants, trendy bars, and a famous 24-hour bagel shop.


Brick Lane, Cheshire Street and Slater Street, E1

Open: Sun 8am - 2pm

Tel: 020 7377 8963


8, 26, 35, 43(Sun market hours only), 47, 48, 67, 78, 149, 242

Liverpool Street



Leadenhall Market

This restored Victorian food market is a fabulous place to pick up luxury foods at a fraction of shop prices. It features a huge variety of gourmet ingredients and fine wines, and is especially good for cheese, seafood, meat and poultry, game and rarer meats. The glass roof and cobbled alleys make it a particularly picturesque slice of old London life, and the many nearby market bars are a great place to wile away the time over a pint of London Pride and a traditional ploughman's lunch.

Leadenhall Market         



Whittington Ave, EC3                                           

Open: Mon-Fri 7am - 4pm


35, 47, 48, 149, 344

Bank, Monument



Smithfield Market

London's largest wholesale meat market is a carnivore's paradise, with stalls selling every conceivable type of meat, game and offal. Try Simply Sausages for a selection of over 40 types of specialist banger. And for a hearty breakfast, try one of the local pubs or cafes. Special licensing laws in the area mean that beer and stout are served from 6am, so you can wash down the freshest full English breakfast with a pint of ale.

 Smithfield meat market from the south

Smithfield, EC1

Open: Mon -Fri 4am - 10am

Tel: 020 7248 3151


4 (Mon-Sat), 8, 17 (Mon-Fri), 25, 45, 56, 63, 100, 153, 242




Ridley Road Market

Otherwise known as Dalston Market, this is one of a half dozen or so traditional East End markets that are perfect for buying just about anything at bargain prices. It's a great place in east London to get African, Caribbean, Asian and Mediterranean food stuffs, and has lots of other things on sale at very cheap prices. Gets busy early on Saturdays.



Ridley Rd, E8

Open Mon-Wed, 9am-3pm Thurs 9am-noon, Fri & Sat 9am-5pm, Sun10am-3pm


30, 38, 56, 67, 76, 149, 236, 242, 243, 277 (Mon-Fri)

Highbury & Islington then bus 30 or 277

Dalston or Kingsland



Leather Lane

Recommended by BBC London's Maxwell Hutchinson
'I live in Hatton Garden which runs parallel to one of London's oldest street markets, Leather Lane, which stretches from Holborn alongside the Prudential building to Clerkenwell Road. It must be one of the busiest markets in London at lunchtimes where it sells everything from mobile phone covers to the finest parsnips anywhere in town. The traders are above-average in terms of wit, even by cockney barrow-standards. I love 'em all, and wouldn't miss my lunchtime walk down 'the lane' for anything."


Leather Lane, EC1

Open: Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm

17, 46, 521 (Mon-Fri), 8, 25, 45, 55, 242, 243, 341, 501

Chancery Lane



Roman Road Market

Big, colourful and full of characters, this is a true East End market where you can buy fabric, shoes, clothes, hardware, fruit and veg and almost anything else you can think of at knock-down prices. The market gets crowded at weekends, but there are plenty of food stalls, cafes and some great and very authentic pie and mash shops along the way for weary shoppers


Roman Road, E3

Open: Tues, Thurs, Sat, 9am-5.30pm

Tel: 020 7377 8963



8, S2

Mile End



Whitechapel Market

A long established, thriving local street market, bordering the East End and the city, Whitechapel is brilliant for soaking up some of the sights and sounds of local culture. Here, among the stalls selling clothes, carpets, bedding and electrical goods, you'll find Indian jewellery and spices, exotic vegetables, and fabulous silks and sari materials. Hungry visitors can choose from a fry-up in a local workman's café and a pint of lager in an east End pub, or a curry and refreshing fruit lassi in one of the many local Indian restaurants.


Whitechapel Rd, E1

Open: Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm

Tel: 020 7377 8963



25, 106, 253, D3




Hackney Stadium

This large market on the site of a disused dog-racing track almost resembles a car boot sale, with rail after rail of second-hand clothing and make-shift stalls selling bits and bobs of all descriptions.


Off Waterden Road, E15

Open: Sun 6am-3pm


276, 308

Hackney Wick



Walthamstow Market

A street market stretching for over a mile, Walthamstow has more than 450 stalls offering everything from cheap, high-street-style clothing, costume jewellery and discounted toiletries, to books, fabrics and kitchenware. There are also plenty of great food stalls and cafes serving up traditional cockney grub, fast food and tasty Caribbean treats.



Walthamstow High Street, E17

Open: Mon-Sat, 8am-6pm


20, 34, 48, 58, 69, 97, 212, 215, 230, 257, 275, 357, W11, W12, W15, W19, (Mon-Fri)

Walthamstow Central



Kingsland Waste

If second-hand shops, car boot sales and flea markets are your thing, you'll love 'The Waste'. As its name suggest, this vast, sprawling market takes place on a piece of East End wasteland, and is home to row upon row of makeshift stalls and rails. From the mundane and everyday to the weird and wonderful, you'll love searching the hoards of second-hand electrical goods and piles of clothes and shoes for a bargain.


Kingsland Rd, E8

Open: Sat, 9am-5pm


67,149, 242, 243

Liverpool Street then bus 149 or 242





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