Brick Lane Market London Reviews
An off-beat day at Brick Lane Market Apr 24, 2011
If you like hunting for something a little different at a low price, then Brick Lane is the place for you. Exit Aldgate East tube, and wander up and down the diverse streets of Shoreditch. If you head towards the Old Truman Brewery, you will find a trove of vintage stalls and one-off clothes.
The best time to visit Brick Lane is on a Sunday morning. This is when the market really comes alive. In addition to your usual stallholders, there are also regular people selling their unwanted goods. But arriving later in the day isn't a bad idea, either. Towards the end of the day, you could be lucky and find a stallholder selling everything for just £1! But make sure you really sift through the muck (old t-shirts galore) and find something special.
Hungry? There are curry restaurants galore, and food from all around the world. It's always authentic. There are also a few cute cafes if you can find them- it's more fun to wander around and see what you stumble upon. Keep an eye out for the colourful street art/ graffiti as you walk.
If you are interested in art, stop by the Whitechapel Art Gallery (www.whitechapelgallery.org). Their book store is a delight, with volumes on everything from philosophy to photography. Also nearby is the Atlantis Art Shop, the BIGGEST art supply store in the UK. (http://www.atlantisart.co.uk/)
If at the end of your trip you didn't quite find any vintage clothes you love, then cheer up and head to Cheshire Street, where Beyond Retro sits (http://www.beyondretro.com/content/Stores.aspx). After rummaging through lots of riffraff, it's refreshing to shop somewhere where every item of clothing is hand picked for you already. The drawback to this is that pricing is a little steeper, but fairer than most vintage clothing shops.
All in all, a day at Brick Lane has everything you could want, especially if you want to see another side of London that many tourists miss.
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Brick Lane Night Life Apr 25, 2011
On my trip to see friends in Slough I was taken to the East end because it was near where my friends friends flat was located.
We walked through Brick Lane on the way and it was just after a busy Sunday market, this is one of the high lights of Brick Lane since you can by cheap fruit and veg, bric a brac and other unusual items for cheap. It is also renowned for its many curry houses and bars.
We had a great party with a mix of ethnicities which you expect in Brick Lane because it originally was a destination for Bangladeshi immigrants. The party was hosted by an Italian family and many young girls and guys shared the flat.
When walking through Bricklane you will notice bohemian, metrosexual and gay couples, it has many murals and is the uber part of London including a Banksy gallery.
After we left the party at 9pm and began walking through the narrow streets we heard music and walked past a circle of people cheering and bongos were being played. It is a shame Trav buddy doesn't allow video uploads.