Brick Lane has earned itself a reputation as the go-to destination for sourcing vintage threads, with its annual Alternative Fashion Week cementing its status as an innovative and fashion-forward region of up and coming designers. Vintage stores and retro boutiques are dotted along the street, alongside a growing population of young, local designers, but the real draw cards are the weekly markets. Spitalfields Market is doubtless the most popular, known for its contemporary and vintage clothing, accessories and home wares. Nearby Columbia Road flower market and Petticoat Lane Market are local outlets worth a visit.
Best known for the avant-garde, Brick Lane has a thriving art scene known for nurturing unique and emerging talents, especially that of contemporary graffiti artists – Banksy, D*Face and Ben Eine all made a name for themselves in these parts. The Whitechapel art gallery located at the bottom of Brick Lane and The Brick Lane Gallery are two of the better-known establishments but there’s a heap of small, independent galleries showcasing a range of vibrant and diverse artworks.
Thanks to the Bangladeshi majority, Brick Lane has become a hotspot for curry lovers and come the twilight hours the street comes alive with spirited curry house proprietors shouting out their best deals in the hope of enticing passerbys into their restaurant. Those whisked into one of the dimly lit curry houses are unlikely to be disappointed as the area is renowned for having some of the most delicious (and cheapest) curries in the capital..
Thanks to its young, hip crowd, Brick Lane has become a lively place to spend an evening, with numerous bars and venues featuring local bands and DJs, and a mixed, multicultural crowd.
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After the huge success of the London 2012 Olympics, cycle out to East London to see where the main events took place. On the way to Olympic Park, see famous ... Read more
London, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)