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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sunny Sundays on Brick Lane

Besides Camden, Brick Lane is one of my favourite London haunts. Just a stones-throw away from eerily quiet husk of the City, the vibrant and eclectic Brick Lane pulls you into its warm, glowing and chaotic embrace. The Sunday market is truly brilliant. It's a bustling junkyard peppered with street performers, and great food and drink. A perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday with your favourite people

We walked for less than five minutes and spotted tango dancers in the street, a man playing Smells Like Teen Spirit on guitar...with his teeth, and a band rocking out in the back of a parked van.

A perfect afternoon (ok, my perfect afternoon) on Brick Lane would consist of:

  • Sitting in the delightfully twee garden of the Vintage Bean Cafe (Cheshire Street), kicking back with a coffee and some of their amazing cakes
  • Popping a little further along Cheshire Road to Beyond Retro and leafing through the rails of immensely quirky vintage clothes. A personal favourite for old leather satchels
  • Browsing the Brick Lane Bookshop, which is entrenched in history, community, and protest. And we all know I love anything that is born from a huge FU to the establishment
  • Grabbing a salt beef Beigel from Brick Lane Beigel Bake. This is standard - whether you're a well-seasoned visitor or tourist, it's not a Brick Lane visit without one. Beware: the queues are always out of the door and don't expect any seating inside - it's an in-and-out job and best enjoyed sat on a kerb down one of the side streets nearby
  • Head to Rough Trade to peruse the wide variety of vinyl on offer (if you haven't already bankrupted yourself on many of the vinyl stalls on the market), and then a session in the Rough Trade photo booth. If you're sticking around Brick Lane for the evening then they also offer a great variety of live music and entertainment.  

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