If you like off the beaten path places and you’ve already seen the main sights with Big Ben and Tower Bridge, try travelling more east to visit different London’s neighbourhood. Dive into the chaotic mix of great food places, pop-up designer shops, hidden cafes and colourful street art in the Brick Lane in London’s East End.
I’ve been to London several times, exploring city hidden corners. However, with every visit, I learn how little I know about the UK’s capital. There is so much to do in London and this time I’ve discovered the very colourful part of the city.
London’s East End and Brick Lane – the coolest place in London
Following my love for street art, my boyfriend took me to the place, that I haven’t heard of before – Brick Lane in the East End of London. It used to be a poor slum area in the past, with a high crime rate, however now it’s booming place, with quirky boutiques, chic cafes, trendy art galleries, famous food places, and cool Shoreditch hotels. What I loved the most about it was the creative and ever-changing street art hidden around every corner. This really is the coolest neigbourhood in London!
Trendy Street in London
Brick Lane has for years been home for international Irish and Jewish migrants. Nowadays, the Bangladesh population is the majority, which results in many curry houses (over 50!) and multiple Asian shops in the area. During the weekend the street is very busy with locals, tourists, food sellers, and music artists, bustling with sounds, colours, and flavours. It’s a perfect example of London’s multiculturalism and a great place to visit.
London markets on Brick Lane
The Brick Lane is the best to be visited on Sunday when all the markets are open.
Try the vibrant Sunday Upmarket and Backyard Market located at the Old Truman Brewery for unusual second-hand items, vintage clothing, interesting accessories, and beautiful antiques.
London Street Food
If you like street food, stroll through the numerous stalls on the market, where you can find authentic cuisine from all over the world including Japanese, Indian, South American and Lithuanian. The food is delicious, so don’t worry if you spend ages to decide what to have (like me, ha). Outside the main market, there’s Ely’s Yard, with benches and beer gardens, where you can enjoy your lunch out in the sun. The Yard is also home to American street food trucks, just in case if the choice of dishes inside the market was not enough for you ;).
Visit quirky cafes in Brick Lane
After lunch, go and have coffee in one of the stylish cafes. Some of them look like lounges from someone’s house, with books, pictures on the walls and souvenirs from travels. You can enjoy a great coffee and home-made cakes, while feeling like visiting a friend, and not a public venue.
Interesting place to visit is also Cereal Killer Cafe, serving all types of cereals, which will bring your childhood dreams back. For chocolate lovers, try Dark Sugars shop and the cafe, with stunning wooden interior and mouth-watering dark chocolate truffles.
If you are a party animal, come in the evening for a cocktail in one of the trendy bars and a party in the popular clubs.
London Art that you can’t miss
If you want to see more colours on the city streets, East End and Brick Lane will not disappoint you. There are many little art shops and galleries dotted around, really worth visiting. However, the art that you won’t be able to miss, even if you want to, is the one on the street. Huge murals, small paintings, stickers or sculptures cover big parts of the buildings in the Brick Lane and side streets.
Luckily, street art is celebrated here rather than immediately destroyed. This results in the artists from all over the world coming to Brick Lane to paint. The building’s walls create the canvas for the new, frequently changing creations, with the fresh paintings appearing in place of the old ones.
Discover Banksy’s street art
Among many others, in the East End, you can see some of the remaining work of Banksy, an anonymous graffiti artist from Bristol. Unfortunately, many of his pieces already disappeared or faded away from other places in London. His Designated graffiti area can be viewed in the Cargo nightclub beer garden, protected behind the sheet of plastic against the black wall. There is also another one, located at the corner of the Cargo’s courtyard – His Masters Voice. If you are interested in street art culture, viewing the work of one of the most famous British street artist is a must.
While walking along Brick Lane, you can’t miss the walls covered in the street art. However, the easiest way to see the most of it, is to start you journey in Aldgate East underground station (it also has this pretty old-fashioned Underground logo shown below), and make your way up north, exploring the side streets as you go. Almost every corner has some great art hidden around, so keep your eyes peeled for it.
How to get to Brick Lane in East End London
The address is Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL. Nearest underground stations are Aldgate East and Liverpool Street. Closest overground is Shoreditch High Street. There are also several buses stopping in the area.
What do you think about street art? Would you like to see it in the Brick Lane? Have you visited this part of London before? Let me know in the comments.
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21 thoughts on “Discover London’s Coolest Neigbourhood – Brick Lane in the London’s East End”
I am OBSESSED with street art, I think it adds such a distinct and appealing quality to the city. This made me fall in love with London’s streets even more. You captured the photos fantastically! 🙂
I totally agree with you, I love street art as well. Thanks a lot, Lulu!
I love this post!
Thank you, Giulia!
Woo hoo! Brick Lane is one of my favourite parts of London. It’s always so vibrant and I love looking at the ever-changing street art. So cool! Loving your photos too.
Thanks, Nadine! Yeah, I think it’s one of my favourites now, as well and I will be coming back there to check how the street art is changing 😉
I love your photos of street art! I’ve only seen a handful of these in person but your post makes me want to discover more!!
Thank you, Chloe, I’m glad you like them 🙂 And yeah, street art there is definitely worth to discover, so creative!
I’m so into street art, search for it everywhere I go. I’m a frequenter of Brick Lane too, it’s just so cool! This is a great wrap up of the area, and I love the photos!
Thanks, Laura! I think I’ll be visiting Brick Lane more often as well, with my next London visits 🙂
This is seriously amazing! How talented the people in this world are.. Will definitely go here if I get a chance to visit London! ?
You should definitely go 🙂 And the paintings change often, so you might be able to see other ones!
These are absolutely stunning photographs! What a talent you have!
Thank you, Kristen, it’s really nice of you 🙂
Ah yes, I LOVED street art in Shoreditch. I especially loved the work of ROA there, so raw and pure. Great photos!
Yes, it’s great! Thank you 🙂
I literally don’t understand how I missed this – I visited Brick Lane a few years ago and don’t remember any street art this impressive!! Has it progressed to this since then, or was I just completely ignorant of it?! lol either way, I’m definitely going to have to go back next time I visit London!
I’m not sure, I think it was there at least 3-4 years ago already, but it was my first time there this year 🙂 It also changes quite often, so next time you are in London it might look entirely different. Very worth to visit though! 🙂
Some great local London street art shared here, along with useful tips on where and how to see it, thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Iain. I’m very glad you like it and appreciate you stopping by 🙂
Such a beautiful city! Thank you on a detailed impressive guide! Saved your post for the future ?