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Brick Lane

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Address: Brick Lane, E1, London, England
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This historic street dates back approximately 450 years, and is now a...

This historic street dates back approximately 450 years, and is now a popular place for great Indian food and Sunday markets.

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An Interesting Meander

We had a couple of hours to kill before heading back up north so we got the tube and then used our feet to find Brick Lane. It was an interesting, if crowded, Sunday morning's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Dewsbury, United Kingdom

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is my favorite part of London, kind of like East Village or Williamsburg in New York. Raw and exciting. There are the old industrial buildings, then there is the Bangladeshi/Indian cuisine, then there are charming flea markets. And of course lets not forget the impressive back yard street art, or the cafes offering flat white. Love it!

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Dewsbury, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a couple of hours to kill before heading back up north so we got the tube and then used our feet to find Brick Lane. It was an interesting, if crowded, Sunday morning's meander with all sorts to see, hear, eat and drink. Lots of indoor market areas selling everything imaginable and unimaginable. We will come back here... More 

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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had been recommended a visit to Brick Lane in East London to drink in the Indian/Bangladeshi culture and partake of a curry. The only culture I found came in the form of the hordes of restaurant touts all along the street. You couldn't walk more than 5 yards without being accosted by one of the touts, trying to persuade... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Got to the point of having the same feeling like getting through Oxford Street.. Just want to get through as quick as possible, without any stops. You have to (especially on the weekends) elbow your way through tourists, wanna be arties starring at graffiti, curry restaurant promoters trying to get you on free bottles of wines and discounts and obviously... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love brick lane and especially I love the brick lane souvenir shop @ 160 brick lane, London E1 6RU. Best place for great British and London souvenirs. Brick lane souvenirs shop has all sort of London Tshirt, crest and gifts for tourist people. If you visit London you should visit brick lane and don't forget brick lane souvenirs where... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As someone who lived very nearby Brick Lane in the 90s, I read tourist's experiences on here with intrigue, Back then, the hipsters hadn't discovered it, and it was the domain of the many rough Indian/Bangladeshi restaurants, and other ethnic food/hardware stores. One could actually then get a curry for the cost of a bowl of Poppin Pebbles in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The atomosphere was amazing here at Brick Lane London. So many different nationality foods to try and vitage and modern items to buy. music and people filled the streets. A great day out especially on a sunday

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing time in this area, great Indian food everywhere you go. It's a photographers paradise. Street art covers every wall, door and even some roof tops. The famous artist Banksy had his work here, in the form of some artistically placed cars. I could have spent the whole day in this area alone. We wandered around Shoreditch It was a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to wander around. Try to find the chocolate place on the corner, amazing. Great vibe. Close to Spitalfields market too, don't miss that

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just have come back after strolling down the Brick Lane. It is situated in a Bangladesh dominated area with many Indian curry houses (with touts standing outside, urging you in), street stalls, street performers, crowds. On a Sunday, in at least three warehouses you can find food stalls advertising their food's ethnic origins from Burma, Thailand, India, China, Ethiopia, Caribbean,... More 

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