Brick Lane is an East London neighborhood known for its street art; you will find pieces from famous artists throughout the area. The urban grunge vibe makes it popular for photo shoots and music videos. Be sure to wander around and explore the alleys, especially Pedley, Gimsby and Hanbury Streets. Plan on spending a day in the area, there is much to see.
Historically Brick Lane has been associated with slums and was Jack the Ripper territory. At one point, it was home to Jewish immigrants and there are still bagel shops in the area. More recently Brick Lane had a Bangladeshi community and was dubbed Banglatown. It is still a popular place for curry. Currently the area is an artistic community. While street art is not legal, it is respected and not immediately white washed. Because the art is respected and appreciated the area draws international artists.
Brick Lane is the place to go for a vintage shopping spree. Be sure to bring cash! Sunday is busy on Brick Lane. There are many markets held including the flower market on Columbia Road. Check this google map for locations. You will also find unique cafes in the area. Stop in Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium for high tea and DO NOT leave without having hot chocolate from Cereal Killer Café! Beigel Bake is well known for its salt beef and smoked salmon bagels; be prepared for a line. Ely’s Yard is the place to go for street food. There are also plenty of pubs and popular clubs to check out in the area.
While there’s a lot to see and do on Brick Lane, street art is the star of this neighborhood. Start at the Aldgate East Tube and make your way up Brick Lane ending at Shoreditch High Street. Use this google map for a walking route. Also be sure to check out the Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel while you are in London.
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