Epsom’s home of cockney history come to life

Pearly Kings and Queens date back to the 19th century, originating from the Coster Kings and Queens, who in turn originated in the 18th century from the costermongers.

These famous street traders of London have existed for more than 1000 years!

A fascinating tour through London’s past

The Original Cockney Museum takes you on a thrilling tour all the way back to the 1800s to a London that has now been long forgotten. You will walk down Poverty Street and experience the dreadful conditions people lived in. You will then reach the flower ladies and the market square.

From there, you will meet the market traders – otherwise known as costermongers (street traders who sold their wares to the poor with style, panache, a little showmanship and a plentiful helping of cheeky banter)!

Leaving the costermongers behind, you’ll head to King & Queen Street where you will find the original Pearly Kings and Queens in full costume. After that, you’ll be treated to the miserable, squalid conditions of a 19th century prison!

Museum cafe and shop

After all that, we’re quite sure you’ll be positively Hank Marvin and looking forward to a good sit down for a bite to eat. You’ll be glad to know that we have a cafe on the premises – and of course we have Manze’s pie and mash & Liquor and also Manze’s apple pie & custard on the menu!

And don’t forget to visit our museum shop where you’ll find a fine selection of gifts, books and souvenirs.

We look forward to seeing you!

“Definitely worth a visit. George Major has done a fantastic job and is great to listen to, so informative such a lovely man could chat to him for hours.”
Tina Rabbetts