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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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Eclectic Mix

An eclectic mix of sounds ,sights and smells emanating from everywhere. The sound of musicians playing the smells of food cooking and the sights of many cultures symbiotically... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The whole Shoreditch area, Brick Lane especially, have really artsy feeling with random art (paintings or 3D) all over the place. Cafes, restaurants, retail.. but most importantly those "fast food" shops selling very original yummies. Make sure to visit! Really good access by transport, buses or overground. Short walk from Liverpool Street also.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A great walk through the quirky markets, performers and amazing food stalls. A great day out, people watching shopping and eating. We visited on Sunday. Tube to Liverpool Street and walked to brick lane via spitalfields market.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

An eclectic mix of sounds ,sights and smells emanating from everywhere. The sound of musicians playing the smells of food cooking and the sights of many cultures symbiotically existing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Essentially a shopping street quirky and similar to Portobello Road at Nottingham Hill albeit a little earthier (if that's possible). Mostly clothing and food. Has the appeal of a flea market. Lots of people and movement. Colorful, dirty and noisy. Great theatre. Another FREE attraction in London. Near Liverpool Street tube.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here on a Sunday in November and the place was packed. Tons of things to see, touch, and buy, from old musical collections, clothing, paintings, and everything else in between. Then there were food stalls everywhere, indoor and outdoor, tempting you to try with their moutwatering scent wafting in the air. Best way to eat here is to... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited during the day on a Saturday and wasn't that impressed with what was on offer. I take it that the market is on a Sunday but there were a few food stalls with amazing smelling food. Saw all the curry houses - looked worth a visit at night but wont be rushing to return. Have visited London for over... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed our visit here.interesting shops and friendly people.many restaurants to choose from.lots unusual bits and bobs,all in all a great day out

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last time, we came in summer and Brick Lane was mobbed. In January, the place was not quite as crowded and still a lot of fun. It's a great mixture of cultures and classes. There are upscale markets as well as street vendors selling downscale items. On our previous visit five years ago, the upscale part of the market was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Brick Lane is a really interesting place....full of shops and restaurants. If you like a curry, you will love it here...loads of places to eat !!! The former brewery has lots of independent shops, arts etc. Well worth a visit to the East End.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I stopped by here for lunch. There are stalls with foods from all over the world. There were meat dishes as well as several vegetarian places. There are some picnic tables for eating, but they fill up fast. People spill out onto the street (where there are also stalls of food if you are walking down the... More 

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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.
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