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Petticoat Lane

Address: Middlesex Street, London, England (Whitechapel)
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Ranked #1,271 of 2,399 things to do in London
Type: Flea & street markets, Landmarks & points of interest, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: London's most famous market that is busy, noisy and full of interesting things to see, items to buy...
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Type: Flea & street markets, Landmarks & points of interest, Shopping & Fashion, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: London's most famous market that is busy, noisy and full of interesting things to see, items to buy and characters to meet.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was dreadful! Complete waste of time and only low quality tat for sale! This market used to be amazing.....years ago. Don't waste your time it's not worth it

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Melbourne, Australia
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1,798 reviews 1,798 reviews
1,594 attraction reviews
931 helpful votes 931 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Firstly there is no actual street called Petticoat Lane. The famous market is set up along Middlesex Street on Sundays from 9am-3pm. On weekdays the market moves to Wentworth Street. You will know you're in the right place when you start seeing lampposts with Petticoat Lane Market written at the top. Closest underground is Aldgate and you will have fine... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

My wife and I visit Petticoat Lane market on our annual January London holiday. Unlike other London area markets the atmosphere is more diverse and the visitors seem to be locals not tourists. We buy women's sweaters for my wife and belts and T-shirts for me. Two years ago I bought a T-shirt and a hoodie and I wear each... More 

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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Located 5 minutes away from the City, this market has the best business lunch options around! With a diverse array of food cultures all for under fiver, and portions that will bust the biggest belly, this is a must for every discerning business luncher!

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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Fun offbeat event. Huge selection. Lots of clothes, luggage, some souvenirs and other odds and ends. Most items are inexpensive. There are also several permanent shops on the lane with a good selection of fabrics.

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Porto, Portugal
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Imagine visiting the essential flea market. There are loads of flea markets everywhere, even in London, but the Pettycoat Lane one is the one not to be missed. As it is very old and remains with all the historic spirit of buying and selling at a flea market. It is located right in the center of London, therefore very easy... More 

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Great Yarmouth
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Although I have visited London many times, I had never seen Petticoat Lane market so was looking forward to experiencing the sights and sounds of a famous street venue, maybe even buying a few Christmas presents. Sadly, I found it no better and in fact less interesting than any small town market anywhere in the country. There were the usual... More 

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99 reviews 99 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Great selection of food stalls that can tempt even the fussiest of palettes. Clothes are cheap and probably not of great quality but you know what your going to be getting due to the price. Go for the street food which will waft you away to far off places without the long haul flying and the cost

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Mount Tamborine, Australia
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290 reviews 290 reviews
125 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We went for a shop here and everything was so cheap, we bought a couple of beautiful leather coats oh so cheap. This market is not far from White Chapel and the Jack the Ripper area and the Ten Bells Pub.

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
6 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This was at one point the thumping heart of all trade in London. People, merchants, traders and shoppers would fill the streets of Spitalfields as goods, often locally produced in factories dotted all around the East End, would be sold by merchants of all sorts. Sadly little of that incredibly rich history remains. It is hard to pinpoint exactly just... More 

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