The Year in London

London through the eyes of an MA student new to the city

Exploring Brick Lane

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So many different quirky places to explore around Brick Lane. Lots of factors make this area a must-visit – especially the markets of course! There are many warehouses containing eclectic market stools offering cuisine from all over the world, piles of vintage clothing, antiques, jewellery, and cupcakes.

My companion and I first went into the Old Spitalfields markets (undercover, which was a blessing because it was pouring down with rain). There are several  great bakery stalls here as well as lots devoted just to cupcakes – it is interesting how diverse these stalls can be.

I successfully haggled for a handmade headband.. after deliberating over the multiple styles for ages!

We then continued on to the Old Truman Brewery – which has special market on sundays appropriately called ‘Sunday Up’. One stall in particular stands out here and this is Vera Black’s feather braiders (which as the photo below shows, you plait feathers into your hair to create textured, bohemian braids). I still regret not getting one of her fabulous and very unusual creations! They are definitely the most unique thing we saw at the markets all day.

There was some great graffiti round here!

Other markets to check out are on Petticoat Lane – which I still need to go to. There also wasn’t time to go to the Flower markets on Columbia Road, which I heard are stunning. A friend recommended going to brunch at Hackney City Farm nearby, so I will look forward to going back to this area!

Then of course, going back to the tube stops slightly south, there is The Whitechapel Gallery. Next door a cafe with a delicious looking display would also be a must for another visit. The cafe doesn’t have a name outside, but is called Exmouth Coffe Co and is a one off independent  store.

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One thought on “Exploring Brick Lane

  1. Those feather braiders are a must have…..Mx

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