My daughter shares her most memorable experience of visiting a trendy part of East London on a Sunday afternoon. Hi, I’m Demi and I’m excited about my invitation to guest post on the blog and share with you on how to get the best out of Memory Lane.
There is just something magical about the buzzing spectacle of Brick Lane’s Sunday market that keeps drawing me back on frequent visits. An ordinary street transformed on a Sunday into a captivating market. The street is located a short distance away from Bethnal Green and Spitalfields market, leading towards Whitechapel. You cannot miss the Street art displayed along the walls as well as the surrounding streets.
What was originally named ‘Whitechapel lane” belonged to a region of brick and tile manufacturers, who set up a shop on the street in the fifteenth century. During the seventeenth century, the street became a popular location for breweries. The most famous brewing family on the site, the Truman’s, set up their business in Brick Lane. The Black Eagle brewery still remains on the site today.
Today, Brick Lane is still famously known for its Sunday market, which has been observed since the 1800s. At the time it was considered unusual for markets to open on the Sabbath. However, Brick Lane had to accommodate for it predominantly Jewish local population.
During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Brick Lane had established an Irish and Jewish presence due to the influx of migrants moving into London to escape persecution abroad in search of a better life.
Currently, the community living in and around Brick Lane is mainly Bangladeshi. Londoners who refer to this part of the East End as “banglatown” identify it as the place to go for a traditional and authentic curry. However, traditional Jewish bagel shops, various cafes and stalls as well as Traditional English breakfast and exotic Japanese takeaways are still popular amongst visitors and locals. In fact, friends had recommended I visit the bagel shops but to get there as early as possible due to their popularity.
Brick Lane’s many other attractions feature galleries, exhibition spaces, shops and bars. There are also many vintage stores for consumers of all ages who wish to be reminded of the 1980s by purchasing a leather jacket or perhaps a 1960s vintage suitcase. Even though this dainty suitcase hasn’t got wheels, it can be also be used for storing sentimental items as well as for travelling. If you are a light spender, then the lilting tunes of the turn tables might evoke nostalgia to take you on a vibrant musical escapade. The area is a great place to visit as it brings back memories of the good old days and you don’t always have to buy anything, just fill your eyes and reminisce.
What has attracted you to Brick Lane?
Written by Demi A
I haven’t been to Brick Lane in any of my visits to London. It looks worth a Sunday visit next time I’m in London. I love the street art. And I really enjoyed reading about its history.
It’s definitely worth the visit but don’t let the crowds put you off.?
Sounds like a lovely place to visit. I love the open-air markets. Throw in the street art, and I’m sold!
It just so magical there! Thanks Demi
Sounds like it was a great experience! I love visiting new cities and learning about their different traditions and routines. I went to London as a kid and hope to be back in my adult life so I can appreciate its culture more.
It was a great experience and I hope to return back there one day. Thanks Demi
Hi Bola — I wasn’t familiar with Brick Lane’s Sunday market. I have been to Portobello Road — that was a long time ago but I still have a print collage of London buses hanging in my home. A reminder of a splendid time.
Hi Jeannette. I’ve not been to Portobello Road market for a while but Brick lane is one I’d recommend for the next time you’re in London. Thanks for visiting.
Hi Bola and Demi
Interesting site that you have shared and I can see so many cool places in the picture. Take Care and have a wonderful week.
We just can’t see enough of Brick Lane! Have a great weekend.
What an interesting look down memory land and Brick Lane. I really enjoyed the street art displays and that vintage suitcase. I can only imagine the places that it’s seen.
The vintage suitcase has done several round trips. Thanks for your comments
I have never been to Brick Lane, but I do love London. And I love street art, so the next time I visit London, I shall add East London and Brick Lane to my agenda. Thx for sharing your great photographs.
That’s a great idea and you will love it.
Oh, this looks like someplace I would love to visit! It’s been several years since my last trip to the UK but I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for the country so I have no doubt I will return one day and will definitely make a point of including Memory Lane. Thanks!
It’s addictive. I guess it’s about the vibe you get from the crowd. Glad you’ve added it to your wishlist. 🙂
i love London but i have never been here.
reading your article, i wish that i could go London, right now
Hi Nhileeti. I hope you’ll be able to visit London one day!
Hi Demi and Bola,
Thank you for such an educational and historical post.
Lovely street art. ???
It’s a pleasure! Don’t forget to check out those exciting murals. 🙂
I’ve not been to London yet, but it’s always good to learn about interesting places within cities I might someday visit.
With numerous interesting places to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
I love markets and have written about many of them in many parts of the world.. Usually they are food markets :).
Terrific photos here of the street art. Always fun.
Heres a post I did a while back on street art and signage in Granada, Nicaragua.
I just love the way those artist express themselves through creativity. Lovely pictures on your blog!