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if you have some time to spare – even just a couple of hours – after visiting all the usual sights in london, i would recommend popping by brick lane in east london. just as the locals associate west london with all things clean and upmarket, let’s just say east london is synonymous with a certain grittiness. as the saying goes, ‘east is poor, west is posh, south is rough and north is intellectual.’

wanting my senses to be assaulted with creativity and colours one day instead of the usual Dulux White of knightsbridge, i decided to have a wander down brick lane (also quite famous for its curry houses that line the street) as well as feed myself some of that oft-talked about salt beef bagel. yum. as luck would have it- i wound up working within walking distance to brick lane during the end of my stint in london, so i would drop by during lunch for a poppin’ hot salted beef bagel with pickles and mustard. craving it right now, if you couldn’t already tell.

on our way to brick lane one fine sunny day, i passed by a school which had a rather odd name……..

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on entering brick lane…

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yep, we’ve arrived kids.

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who remembers trolls from their childhood?

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oh will you look at the moist, tender beef that just flakes away with every bite? Life Altering.

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absolutely loved all the colourful graffiti splashed on the walls and art installations on every street corner. i didn’t spend much time checking out the stalls because let’s be honest here, by that time i couldn’t possibly afford to have to ship ANOTHER box filled with crap – but it’s a large, chaotic, bustling market filled with vintage/second-hand clothes, furniture, old toys and just your random bric-a-brac. worth a visit, if only for the pictures 🙂

tips for visiting brick lane:

– shops, galleries and restaurants are usually open monday-sunday (check times)

– brick lane market itself is only on sundays from 9am-5pm

– brick lane beigel bake is the authentic jewish bakery you want 😉 (open 24 hours) it’s an age old institution you don’t wanna miss!

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