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The Best London Street Markets In The East End


Despite being overlooked on many London tours in favor of Harrods and the high street, there’s no better place to find a bargain than at a local street market or flea market. Visiting a London street market is a great day out, with many markets possessing fascinating histories and status among local residents, especially in the East End. So if you’re on a budget this Christmas, for gifts for your friends and family, why not check out some of East End’s finest markets and save yourself some money, support independent retailers and celebrate the diversity of London culture.

London Street Market:: Pitticoat Lane Market

Pitticoat Lane Market | Photo by mariosp on

Petticoat Lane Market

This London street market between Middlesex Street and Goulston Street is one of East London’s oldest markets, and is the place to go for cast-off clothes for men, women and children, including hand-me-downs and over-orders of designer outfits. Originally called Petticoat Lane during the Victorian era, they changed the name in 1846 in order to prevent any embarrassment from the reference to undergarments. With a local reputation as London’s biggest street jumble sale, this market’s perfect for finding second-hand surprises, held every Sunday from 9 am to 3 pm and with a smaller market taking place Monday to Friday on Wentworth Street.

Roman Road Market

This under-rated London street market can be found on the oldest known trade route into Britain. Here you’ll find some real bargains, from crafts, clothes, antiques, books and much more for ideal Christmas presents for all the family. Clothing wise, Roman Road market is great for finding high street fashions at much lower prices, including jewelry, shoes and accessories. Once you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, there’s also a variety of delicious street food options available, from French macaroons to French fries and cheeseburgers.

Walthamstow Market

Thanks to some additional funding from the local council, Walthamstow Market is now bigger and better than ever. Held along the high street in Walthamstow from 8 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday, Walthamstow Market is the longest outdoor street market in Europe and underwent a regeneration process earlier last year, which saw it receive over 60 new market stalls on St James Street selling a range of retro and vintage goods. Cherished by its local residents, here you’ll be spoiled for choice for clothes and household goods, as well as the opportunity to try a diverse selection of cuisines, from Cockney classics to Caribbean curries.

Brick Lane Market

The focal point of most Brick Lane tours, here you’ll find absolutely everything from bric-a-brac to blenders. Held every Sunday, this London street market is a stone’s throw away from Petticoat Lane and has a reputation for providing high quality household essentials, including kitchen equipment, furniture and toiletries. The food market in the boiler house halls offers tasty treats which reflect the diverse community, including Indian, Japanese, Italian and other world food delicacies available to try in-between browsing at this infamous flea market.

Chris is a travel blogger who is known for writing compelling articles and reviews on exotic destinations across the globe.

January 4, 2014 |

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