Petticoat Lane is
probably the most famous of all London's street markets, and
derives its name from its long history as a centre of the
During the reign
of Queen Victoria the name of the street was changed to the
more respectable Middlesex Street. Although this remains
its official designation the old name has stuck and the Sunday
market held here and in the surrounding streets is still known
as Petticoat Lane Market.
to stop the market it is still flourishing and always very
crowded. A huge variety of goods is on sale but there
is still a bias towards clothing, particularly leather coats.
At the top end
of the market, near Aldgate East, is an area devoted to leather
jackets. As prices are not often shown haggling may be necessary.
The lively market,
which attracts thousands of locals and visitors each Sunday,
has plenty of fast-food outlets, many selling traditional