Petticoat Lane Market is one of London’s oldest markets. It operates in the East End of London, a few hundred metres south of Old Spitalfields Market and just to the west of Brick Lane.
The market has been operating since the 1750s, when the area became a centre for manufacturing clothes. Bizarrely the street Petticoat Lane does not exist – its name was considered too rude by the Victorian’s and was changed to Middlesex Street.
Local Londoner’s Tip: Petticoat Lane is not as stylish as Portobello Market but if you are after cheap clothes it can’t be beaten. Leather goods are particularly good value and can be found at the Aldgate East end.
Broadway Market is one of London’s most vibrant street markets. Broadway Market is located in the heart of the East End of London, not far from trendy Shoreditch, in a small street between the Regent’s Canal and London Fields.
Every Saturday this street comes alive with over 100 market stalls, boutiques , shops and restaurants to welcome you. Here can be found some of the best food and most original clothing in London. Have a pint of beer in a traditional East End pub or try pie and mash at the historical F Cooke’s. Come for organic meat, fruit and vegetables; fresh fish and smoked salmon and oysters; delicious bread, cakes and cheese. Or scour the clothes racks for vintage bargains – then head to the lingerie stall for something small and expensive to wear beneath.
Camden Passage in Islington is London’s most thriving antiques village.
Camden Passage is a pedestrianised alley running from Islington High Street to Islington Green Camden Passage is a vibrant collection of antique shops, vintage shops and antique stalls and funky restaurants.
Top Tip: Even though it is called Camden Passage, this market is not in Camden – it is in Islington and should not be confused with the more famous Camden Market.
Camden Passage Antique Market Opening Times:
Antique Market days are Wednesday and Saturday and are the busiest days to visit with over 200 antique dealers but many of the vintage and antique shops open every day.
Covent Garden is one of London’s favourite tourist destinations, with the market and street entertainers attracting tourists from across the world
Covent Garden has some of the best street entertainment in the whole of Britain. The cobbled courtyard at Covent Garden is the only part of London licensed for street entertainers. Performers – jugglers, gymnasts, musicians – have to undertake auditions and sign up to timetabled slots. As a consequence the standards are very high.
From the 17th century Covent Garden was London’s premier fruit and veg market and continued to be so right up to 1974 when traffic congestion forced the market to move 3 miles away to Nine Elms in South London.
Now Covent Garden is dedicated to boutiques shops and cafes and restaurants and is a lovely place to spend an afternoon.
Location: Covent Garden, London WC2E 8BE
Nearest Underground Tube Stations:
Covent Garden station, but at peak times the station can become very busy so it may be easier to go to Leicester Square station which is just a ten minute walk away.
Camden Market is one of London’s most popular tourist destinations, especially amongst the younger crowd. Over 100,000 people visit Camden Market every weekend. The hundreds of stalls sell crafts, clothes (both new and vintage) and antiques. Camden market, also known as Camden Lock is in fact a collection of interconnecting markets it is a popular hang out with the “alternative” crowd.
Camden Market Opening Times Open from Monday through to Sunday, 10am – 6pm every day of the year, including all bank holidays except for Christmas day.
Location: Camden High St, London NW1 8NH
Nearest UndergroundTube Station: Camden Town (Northern Line)
Interesting Historical Fact: The escalator at Camden Town Underground station passes through a vast grave for victims of the Great Plague of 1665.
Portobello Market in West London is one of the most famous street markets in the world. It is a popular destination for Londoners and tourists alike.
Portobello Market is situated on Portobello Road. The market stretches for around two miles. On a crowded Saturday afternoon it takes quite a while to walk from end to end!
Portobello Road goes straight through the heart of Notting Hill, a trendy area of London made famous by the film of the same name.
Portobello market has a number of distinct sections:
Antiques – from Chepstow Villas to Elgin Crescent Fruit and Veg – from Elgin Crescent to Talbot Road New Goods – Talbot Road to the Westway Fashion Market – all along the Portobello Road but in particular near the Westway Vintage Clothes – Westway to Goldbourne Road.
Location: Portobello Market, Portobello Rd, London W11
Portobello Market Opening times: General Market: Mon-Wed 9am-6pm, Thur 9am-1pm, Fri & Sat 9am-6pm Antiques Market: Sat 9am-7pm. Clothes & Bric-a-Brac: Fri 9am-4pm, Sat 9am-5pm.
Brick Lane is a long street in the East End of London popular with London visitors and locals and famous for its Sunday Market.
Brick Lane is located in the heart of the Bangladeshi community, and the area is affectionately known as Banglatown. It is one of the most vibrant areas of London. In recent times it has become one of the trendiest areas of London. At the north end of Brick Lane is arty bohemian Shoreditch.
Brick Lane is lined with fantastic curry houses, hip boutiques and cool bars.
At the north end of the lane is the 24 hour Brick Lane Beigel Bake which is a East End institution famed for its cream cheese and salmon beigels.
Brick Lane is also very popular with street artists and cool graffiti can be found on many walls and shop shutters.
Brick Lane Market
Every Sunday there is a market located at the north end of the street. Almost anything can be found on Brick Lane, from antique books to vintage clothes and old 78rpm records. For many years it hosted a stall selling nothing but rusty cog wheels. A large part of its charm is the possibility of such strange discoveries. Bargain hunters from across London value it greatly. Brick Lane market hosts a cornucopia of delights and is a photographers dream – although beware not all the stall holders want to be featured in your London art project, so its best to seek permission before snapping.
Brick Lane Market Opening Times
Brick Lane Market runs from 8am to 2pm every Sunday. Location: Brick Lane, London E1
Nearest underground tube stations:
Aldgate East (Distric Line) Liverpool Street (Central Line)