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
Neighbourhood: 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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  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates9,260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant area
    This is a lively and colourful part of London, most famous for its curry restaurants. However, there is more going on, with lots of bright and often attractive graffiti, interesting shops, famous bagel shops and interesting retail. Worth a wander/ meal if you are in the vicinity.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • HINA W
    Islamabad, Pakistan7,367 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An outdoor art museum!
    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.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Paul C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Never boring, lots to see
    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.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 9 February 2024
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom9,691 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic Street Art
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 March 2024
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Jannerbloke
Plymouth, UK13,217 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
In Brick Lane today and encountered a large group of what may have been temporary or semi permanent stalls selling an excellent selection of curry type foods in African Pakistani and other styles. Given the large number of established curry sheds along Brick Lane, the choices round here are almost overwhelming.
Written 26 May 2024
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK9,691 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 2 March 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 9 February 2024
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Lee T
Bournemouth, UK6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
There is alot to see and very diverse community members make Brick Lane an interesting and uni1ue experience. Food options are amazing, there is something g for everyone.
Written 25 January 2024
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Maria D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A visit to Backyard Market in Brick Lane is highly recommend.
A nice hidden gem with authentic art, jewellery, vintage clothes and craft.
Written 17 January 2024
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
I found this to be an area if transition.

Once a bit run down area being revitalized by younger hip folks.

Street art on neighboring buy. Lots of shops and eateries.

Worth a visit.
Written 7 January 2024
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harold isaaman
North Finchley, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
the prices up the quality down now ruined i used to spend over £30 a week now only £9 the cheese cake very hard and the high prices they are empty at 2 am so they are not selling the cheese cake quick enough so the cheese is hard all; i am buying is 2 doughnuts and 2 strudel the bread is dry after 2 days anmd if you conplain the staff say do not come back
Written 10 August 2023
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Chris. Goodman
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The premises were vandalized by international students from China, who left slogans promoting Chinese socialism on the walls and covered all the artworks of renowned creators. Everything has been utterly destroyed!
Written 7 August 2023
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,272 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
From what was a very rundown area of East London the area is now transforming itself into a very fashionable trending area. Loads of Curry restaurants with a splattering of trendy cafes. Lots of street art in the area some of very questionable quality. Worth a visit.
Written 28 July 2023
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Neil W
Silsden, UK263 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This place is just like Keighley in West Yorkshire. Except most people think keighley is a dump whereas, unfathomably this place is regarded as cool and hip.
Written 25 July 2023
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