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Review of Brick Lane

Brick Lane
Ranked #156 of 1,854 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This historic street dates back approximately 450 years, and is now a popular place for great Indian food and Sunday markets.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

Heaving with humanity on a hot sunny London afternoon. Think I liked it better 20 years ago before it got too popular. Could use better rubbish removal?

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

We went to the Sunday markets and I felt like I was back in the early 70s. T-shirts with Santana album covers, ponchos! I must be really old because it's all come back around. The prices aren't bad, but not great, the crowds are happy and the food choice is outstanding. The bathrooms were surprisingly clean.

I doubt you'll find a bargain, but it's fun, and that's what counts.

Thank LynetteMin
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

Brick Lane has an exciting edginess about it as it morphs from being an ethnic enclave to a home for the alternative and "vintage" set. The street art is delightful, ranging from small, detailed decorative pieces to huge paintings covering long walls. Most pieces are vibrantly coloured and many cary a dry anti-establishment humour. All we are waiting for is the new Dylan, Leonard Cohen or Joan Baez to write the anthems.

Thank SchalkNZ
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

I visited on a Sunday and the place was buzzing.Plenty of stalls in the old Truman Brewery selling all kinds of interesting things.The food on sale looked delicious and smelled gorgeous.Had a good look around at the street art and some of it was amazing.Some of the outside stalls at the top end of Brick Lane were selling tat, but hey, it is a market after all.Well worth a visit to soak up the cosmopolitan and East End atmosphere.Plenty of places to have food or just a drink.Regarding the restaurant touts,just ignore them.You can buy all kinds of things, but equally, you can just wander around, taking it all in.By the way, try a bagel from Beigel Bake, they are out of this world

Thank daveyhem
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

I was recommended this place by a friend of mine who loved it before. I could not see the attraction of it when i arrived. Rundown, dirty, and overall just not pleasant. This place is a little bit out of the way from everything and the tube. I felt like completely unsafe when i got to Brick Lane. I immediately took my backpack off my back and wore it around my torso. What i hated about this place was the haggling and bartering the restaurants would do, to get you eating at there restaurant. It was not nice walking down the street, being shouted at from across the street by employees to come and eat at the restaurant. Every place served the same food and eventually you just get overwhelmed and caved. We eventually found a restaurant to eat after some serious negotiation with some restaurants. The food was mediocre at best.

Thank Nick M
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