Brick Lane
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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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The area
Neighborhood: Spitalfields
For a glimpse of Georgian and Victorian London at its most pristine, or a peek into what's apt to be the next big global trend, the hipster zone of Spitalfields can provide hours of amazement. Around the clock, this is a haven for early morning bargain hunters sizing up its street markets, foodie foragers throughout the day, or late night revelers hitting some of London's most popular bars and clubs.

 Wedged between the business-minded City of London, expressly trendy Shoreditch, and zestful Whitechapel, the lines between traditional and contemporary beautifully blur in this historic East End nexus.
How to get there
  • Shoreditch High St • 5 min walk
  • Aldgate East • 8 min walk

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Brian T
London, UK8,048 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
Brick Lane in London’s East End is quite a historic street. Its current name stems from brick and tile manufacture which started in the 15th century using the local brick earth deposits. That industry is long gone. The Truman family established a brewery in the 17th century, and you can’t miss the Truman chimney stack overlooking the street, and the brewery buildings directly over the street. Around the same time the Brick Lane Market developed for fruit and vegetables to be sold outside the confines of the City of London. Subsequent waves of immigrants have helped shaped Brick Lane into the ‘destination’ it has become today. You’ll see multi-lingual street signs dotted along the street.

To me, it has two faces. On Sunday it’s a trendy market and food destination. Its numerous indoor markets and street markets come alive as the crowds flock in, selling a huge range of vintage goods, cheap clothing, ethnic fabrics, tourist souvenirs, all manner of bric-a-brac and junk, and fresh foods, fruits and vegetables. There’s stalls in the street, and food carts galore. It heaves with people, so is very busy and crowded. You’ll come across the Vintage Market and the Backyard Market, crammed with stalls, The plethora of restaurants at its southern end, many of Southeast Asian background, do a roaring trade, and their tours can be overzealous in persuading you to partake of their offerings. Sunday is the day to visit if you want to see Brick Lane with its best and liveliest vibe. But go with your wits about you, and keep your belongings safe. You may find a treasure, but there is a lot of trash.

Its other face is not so pleasant. On week days, when the crowds are gone, you’ll see a street that is covered in vast amounts of graffiti, provocative and sometimes offensive posters, and stuff posing as street art. It’s grungy, ugly, grubby, tawdry and shabby. However, the numerous vintage stores will also be open during the week, as are the two famous bagel stores where you’ll probably get more pleasant service due to lesser crowds. There’s some decent street art in the side streets off Brick Lane, and you’ll be able to see and appreciate them a bit better on less crowded days.

The closest underground station its probably Liverpool Street, from where Brick Lane is a 15 minuter walk. Shoreditch High Street overground station is closer, about a 7 minute walk away.

Many people like to claim that it the ‘new’ Camden Market. It’s not. As far as London markets go, Camden Market reigns supreme and Brick Lane doesn’t come close to it.

Visit on a Sunday if you want to feel its vibe.

It’s worth a visit, and you’ll get more from your visit if you can go there on a Sunday.
Written October 16, 2022
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leilei00009
Greece430 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Brick Lane is buzzing with people and stalls. For me it has sadly lost its heyday with all the masses of people storming in to shop, eat and watch. But there is plenty of graffiti and street art if you are in to that. Best to come by on a week day when it is more quiet and stroll around at your leisure without worrying about pick pockets and overcrowded spaces. Don't be surprised if restaurant staff try to get you to come inside their venues to have a meal. Long gone are the days that I used to eat here. Too touristy and a complete lack of atmosphere.
Written January 31, 2023
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,385 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Famous street on the East End of London. Many curry houses to choose from and many are considered some of the best Indian restaurants in the city. The neighborhood has a gritty, funky, hipster vibe with street art on display and many vintage shops to be found. However, the area might be losing some of its authenticity now that tourists flock here on a regular basis. Still an interesting place to visit.
Written February 10, 2023
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HINA W
Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Family
We stayed in this lovely area during our last visit to London. Brick lane has been in existence as the rural path which led to the medieval Augustinian Priory of St Mary Spital during the 1500’s. During the medieval times this area was also used for farming and archery. Around 300 years ago this area has saw a huge influx of immigrants from all parts of the world. Flemish, Russian, Spanish, French, Jews, and Bangladeshis have all migrated here. One after the other. We loved the multicultural vibes of this area. The name Bricklane itself comes from the brick kilns introduced here by early Flemish settlers. These days it is the home of funky art like graffiti, street art and modern art, international food and handmade ice creams . It is also the home of vintage fashion with many shops and several flea markets. This district was also famous for it’s breweries and you can still see the famous Truman Brewery here. We bought some wonderful art from the market in these breweries. We loved the wide array of international street food sold here.
Written July 12, 2023
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Michael A
Nassau, New Providence Island1,972 contributions
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Jun 2022
The northern half of Brick Lane has become a hipster area whilst the southern half of Brick Lane remains a great palace for a curry. There a several vegan restaurants such as What the Pita, Mooshies, and the Canas Cafe (which is just off Brick Lane) on the lane. The Sunday afternoon flea market ob Bricklane is not to be missed. Unfortunately, Camden Town has much deteriorated since the 80s and is now just a tourist trap that is best avoided.
Written June 26, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,450 contributions
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Jan 2023
Brick Lane has a large population of people from the Indian Subcontinent. They have brought their cuisine and culture with them. If you want to dine, Brick Lane has multiple curry houses to choose from. Brick Lane now caters to tourists, but it still has a buzz. Bangladesh never seems to be very far away.
Written March 23, 2023
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK10,073 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
As I was staying in Shoreditch, Brick Lane wasn't that far to walk from my hotel. I was very lucky with the weather and went there early on a Sunday morning so it wasn't too busy. The Lane has plenty of cafe's restaurants, shops and boutiques, but is famous for the street art which is incredible. Well worth a visit if you are in that part of London.
Written March 2, 2024
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Paul C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
After eating too much in the Spitalfields food stalls we wandered over to Brick lane. It’s always busy, lots of art, homemade crafts and interesting antiques to browse. Too full for a curry this time but there are some great places to eat here. Got a great secondhand leather baseball jacket in a vintage shop. Must come more often.
Written February 9, 2024
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Bangla and mash
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Good food restaurants. Late night bars a dirty.
Hygiene not good. Also the bars have no creative decor and small. Over priced.
Same music being played every weekend. E1 6td osborn street and down. You will always get bothered and troubles by the group of Junkies that roam on Wentworth and mornington cresent due to st mongoes and another charity housing that looks after these people. Don't get to drunk so you can't defend yourself.
Keep something handy so you can protect your girlfriend or yourself.
Written September 3, 2021
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK2,766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you are walking here from Old Spitalfields Market make sure you use Fournier Street and look out for Tracy Emin's old house and the oddly numbered doors!

Brick Lane has changed over the years but still a great experience. It's worth keeping an eye open for the street art and then visiting the indoor food hall.
The smell as you enter definitely awakens the taste buds and there are a wide variety of food stalls selling all types of food. Most will offer you a "try before you buy"!

Alternatively you can visit one of the two famous beigel shops. No I haven't spelt it wrong a beigel is not a bagel, Check it out on the internet!

If you fancy moving on from here once fully replenished then on a Sunday you can follow all the "millennials" to Columbia Flower Market!
Written July 14, 2021
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