The creative centre of the East End, Brick Lane is most well-known for its markets. The area is a melting pot of cultures, comprising of Indian restaurants, Jewish bagel shops and street food vendors offering delicious flavours from every corner of the globe.
Visit on a Sunday to get the full Brick Lane experience. Discover a mix of antiques, fabrics, vintage clothing, collectables and retro furniture offered by a variety of vendors. Don’t forget to sample a few delicacies from some of the many food stalls while you’re there.
But don’t worry if you can’t make it on a Sunday – there’s plenty to see and do throughout the week. Visit the flagship store of iconic jewellery brand Tatty Devine and design your own personalised laser-cut necklace. Visit Rokit and Beyond Retro if vintage clothing is more your thing, or hunt for rare vinyl at Rough Trade East.
Brick Lane and its surrounding area has a predominantly Bangladeshi population. For this reason, it is famed for its curry houses. Brick Lane has 50 curry houses along its length. If you don’t have time to try them all, The Monsoon keeps things simple and authentic, and Aladin is a favourite of Prince Charles.
Another foodie favourite is the Brick Lane Beigel Bake, a popular Jewish bakery open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Follow your nose to the Dark Sugars Chocolate Shop and just a short walk away, The Cocoa House, where founder Nyanga shares her love for Ghanaian cocoa beans with the people of East London.
The Old Truman Brewery has spent the last twenty years reinventing its ten acres of abandoned factory into high-quality office, retail, leisure and events space. Amongst a variety of restaurants, bars, shops and galleries, you’ll also find Junkyard Golf, a crazy-golf venue with four themed courses to choose from, all created using reclaimed and pre-loved items. Or how about bowling? Head to All Star Lanes, where you’ll find an all-American venue offering food, drink and bowling as you’ve never experienced before.
Also situated at Truman Brewery is The Brick Lane Food Hall, held every Saturday and Sunday in the Boiler House. The popular culinary event comprises of over thirty food stalls, all vying for the attention of your tastebuds. Sample cookery from Poland, Malaysia, Morocco, Korea, Ethiopia and many other countries.
Whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find it, and much more, on East London’s famous Brick Lane.
Find out more on the Visit Brick Lane website
Sunday Market Opening Times: 10am-5pm