Brick Lane

Brick Lane has a very special place in my heart. It was one of the first places in London I properly explored as a teenager when I used to spends hours rifling through the numerous vintage shops dotted around. I adore the rough and ready vibe of East London and feel much more at home here than other parts in the city.

I always jump off at Liverpool Street and walk down to Spitalfields to cut down past the white church into Brick Lane. With so much eye-catching street art and the amazing smell of the curry houses, it's the perfect place for an afternoon wander. One tip is to not go in the first curry house you see as they all stand outside in the evening shouting numerous deals. Free drinks, poppadoms and starters can all be negotiated. Remember to stand your ground! Alternatively do plenty of research online and pick one with great reviews. I've heard amazing things about Aladin.

Once you get to the end of the road make sure you stop off for a salt beef Beigal. Oh lord they are one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten. At £3.40 they're such a bargain! There are two practically next door to each other but i'd recommend the first one. As they're open 24 hours they're a much better choice than a greasy kebab! I love the way the beef is slightly shredded rather than one big chunk. Be prepared to queue but it's well worth it!

The Old Truman Brewery has some fantastic markets on a Sundays showcasing quirky independant designers. You can pick up some great unusual things! You'll be spoilt for choice in the food markets inside. With cuisines to try from all over the world, it's best to go on an empty stomach so you can sample them all.

If vintage is your thing make a beeline for Beyond Retro in Cheshire Street. It's just off Brick Lane so keep an eye out for the street on your right hand side. It's a massive warehouse style building filling with treasures from top to bottom. It's one of the more reasonably priced vintage shops in the area so you can come away with a bargain.


  1. Bricklane is so good, love the bagels!
    Sundays are best with the world food market.


  2. That beigal looks amazing! I don't know why but I've never been to Brick Lane, it's always been on my 'to visit' list but I've never quite made it there. Will have to make a trip soon!
    emmerliejay x

  3. Brick Lane is probably one of my favourite places EVER. I'm from Scotland, but it's definitely my favourite place to go if I'm ever in London! x

  4. Ahhhh !! I have a Brick Lane post going live tomorrow. Great street art spot, Cranio is in Liverpool too xx

  5. I rarely go to London but you're tempting me to make a trip x

  6. My favourite places in Brick Lane are Beyond Retro, Rokit and Rough Trade. It's such a cool place to wander around

  7. oh i do love brick lane and this is making me miss it even more! i haven't had a salt beef bagel in ages and i miss kooky bakes too :( x

  8. I love the first bagel place best too ;) I used to love rummaging in Beyond Retro before it got ridiculously popular! It used to be so empty.. x


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