One of the most colorful districts in London’s East-End, Brick Lane is a must-see if you are in the city.
Brick Lane London Road, a street made of bricks. The heart of the area also known as Banglatown because of its big community from Bengal. British and Indian style buildings and ornaments live together here, and roads names too are written both in English and Bengali.
This hipster district attracts many visitors thanks to street art, which makes it a characteristic and creative place. It is a magnet for tourist also for its huge street food offer, for its vintage market and for its design venues. Here are the 10 must-see places in the most vibrant area of London.
THE SUNDAY UPMARKET
Every Sunday from 10 a.m until 5 p.m., the Sunday Upmarket lives as one of the most vibrant markets in London. There are more than 140 artisans and designers displaying fashion apparel, accessories, jewels, pieces of art, furniture, food and sweets. It’s a place where artists and designers may sell their creations directly to the public.
The food area offers a huge variety of dishes and drinks: Ethiopian coffee, Turkish specialities, Marrocan plates, Spanish paella and empanadas, sushi and Japanese sweets, Indian snacks, Thai food and so on.
91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
STREET ART IN BRICK LANE
Brick Lane is well-known for its street art: walking around these streets, you may enjoy big murals and drawings made by street artists. Personalities like Banksy, D*Face and Ben Eine realized here their artworks. Brick Lane’s walls are also often used as background in music videos, as in Glory Days by Just Jack and All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers. Street art in the East-End is constantly changing, and every day you may admire new creations by artists attracted by this lively area of London.
Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 6PU
THE FOOD HALL
The Boiler House was built inside the old Truman brewery in 1830. The environment fascinates for the high ceilings and for the old Truman chimney. Here are located over than 30 stands selling food specialities and offering a representation of the London foot multiculturalism. Typical Mediterranean and Asian plates make it possible to live an international experience.
Inside the Food Hall, there are also the Brick Lane Cafe and the Brick Lane Bar. Here is possible to have an alcoholic drink or a good coffee together with some exotic food, indoor or outdoor in the lovely beer garden.
152 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
THE VINTAGE MARKET
Everyday from Tuesday to Sunday inside the old Truman Brewery, vintage specialists from the United Kingdom and from Europe display their gems here. At the Vintage Market, you may find clothes and accessories from every period, from the 20s until the 90s. Furs, weeding dresses, suits, bizarre hats: there are things for every taste and for every occasion.
F Block 85 Brick Lane London E1
The East-End is known also as Banglatown for the large community from Bengal living here. For this reason, the best curry houses can be found here, offering typical Indian and Bangladeshi specialities. You may taste delicious curry dishes at the Aladin, Sheba, Bengal Village or Cinnamon restaurants, among others. Food is always cooked respecting the original recipes or it is reinterpreted according to the European tastes.
Aladin Brick Lane
132 Brick Lane London E1 6RU
Sheba Brick Lane
136 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
75 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
134 Brick Lane, Aldgate, London, E1 6RL
At the corner with Fournier St. there is this big temple built at the end of 16th century by French Huguenots. During the years it has changed its function, becoming a synagogue and finally a mosque. Brick Lane Jamme Masjid is a multiple floors building and it may contain up to 3000 observants. It is today the only building having hosted all the religions: Christianity, Hebraism and Islam. It thus is a British symbol of religious history and tolerance.
59 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
In a dynamic and innovative environment, young artists and designers display their works to visitors. There are stands exhibiting artworks and handmade objects, together with vintage and second hand stuff. The atmosphere is creative and sparkling, and you may find almost everything: jewels, paintings, clothings, vinyls, rare books and pieces of funiture.
146 Brick Lane London, E1 6RU
93 FEET EAST
In Brick Lane since 1999, the 93 Feet East it’s an institution in London. Recently relaunched, bands like Radiohead, Groove Armada, The White Stripes and Bombay Bicycle Club have performed here. It is a sort of rite of passage for dance music fans. The 93 Feet East is a key venue for live music and a must-go place for contemporary dj and musicians. Open every day, it is a place for enjoying a night and having a drink with friends. There are two large rooms and an outdoor area, and it is a perfect venue for private events.
150 Brick lane, London, E1 6QL
BRICK LANE BOOKSHOP
The Brick Lane Bookshop, a pearl in London, represents a key cultural place. It is not only a well furnished library where you may find rare books, but also a literary circle and a book club where everyone may ask for feedback about their own manuscripts.
166 Brick Lane, London, E1 6RU
SPITALFIELDS CITY FARM
Spitafields is an unexpected place in London, a urban farm reminding of a new-hippy spot. It is an extravagant and colorful place: an old caravan is used as a heyloft, an old television is used as a scarecrow and big baskets are used as flowers pots. Animals here are everywhere: rams, chickens, sheeps, ponies, etc. Everyone may do voluntary work helping in looking after the animals and gardening. It is also a didactic place for children living in the city, who may become familiar with the rural world. The aim of this farm is bringing people from London closer to nature and proposing a more ethical and eco-friendly lifestyle.
Buxton Street, London E1 5AR
Inspired by Hollywood movies, Alcotraz is the first immersive theatrical cocktail bar. From the orange jumpsuit at the entrance, to the prison cells, we understand it is an unconventional place where we may enjoy a cocktail made by expert bartenders. There is not a cocktails list but drinks are tailor-made according to our tastes and to the liquor we bring. But we must be very careful of not being discovered by the warden. Anyway, guards are on our side, helping us in many ways to facilitate contraband.
212 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA