How To Get The Best Out Of Memory Lane

Brick Lane Street art

Brick Lane Street art

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.

Brick Lane street art

Brick Lane street art


Entrance to Brick lane

Entrance to Brick 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.

Nearby Whitechapel gallery

Nearby Whitechapel gallery

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.

Brick Lane street art

Brick Lane street art

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.

Good reason street art

Good reason street art

My vintage suitcase

My vintage suitcase

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.

Getting there.

What has attracted you to Brick Lane?

Written by Demi A

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24 Responses to “How To Get The Best Out Of Memory Lane”

  1. Donna Janke July 7, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    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.

    • Bola Akande July 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

      It’s definitely worth the visit but don’t let the crowds put you off.?

  2. RoseMary Griffith July 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely place to visit. I love the open-air markets. Throw in the street art, and I’m sold!

  3. Christi July 7, 2016 at 7:46 pm #

    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.

    • Bola Akande July 7, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

      It was a great experience and I hope to return back there one day. Thanks Demi

  4. Jeannette Paladino July 8, 2016 at 3:35 am #

    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.

    • Bola Akande July 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm #

      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.

  5. ikechi July 8, 2016 at 8:59 am #

    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.

    • Bola Akande July 8, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

      We just can’t see enough of Brick Lane! Have a great weekend.

  6. Sue Reddel July 8, 2016 at 5:22 pm #

    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.

    • Bola Akande July 8, 2016 at 8:04 pm #

      The vintage suitcase has done several round trips. Thanks for your comments

  7. Doreen Pendgracs July 8, 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    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.

    • Bola Akande July 8, 2016 at 11:23 pm #

      That’s a great idea and you will love it.

  8. Marquita Herald July 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    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!

    • Bola Akande July 9, 2016 at 8:11 pm #

      It’s addictive. I guess it’s about the vibe you get from the crowd. Glad you’ve added it to your wishlist. 🙂

  9. Nhileeti July 14, 2016 at 10:28 am #

    i love London but i have never been here.
    reading your article, i wish that i could go London, right now

    • Bola Akande July 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm #

      Hi Nhileeti. I hope you’ll be able to visit London one day!

  10. Lols July 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm #

    Hi Demi and Bola,

    Thank you for such an educational and historical post.

    Lovely street art. ???

    • Bola Akande July 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm #

      It’s a pleasure! Don’t forget to check out those exciting murals. 🙂

  11. Jeri July 26, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    I’ve not been to London yet, but it’s always good to learn about interesting places within cities I might someday visit.

    • Bola Akande July 27, 2016 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Jeri,

      With numerous interesting places to visit, you’ll be spoilt for choice!

  12. Peta Kaplan July 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    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.


    • Bola Akande August 1, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

      I just love the way those artist express themselves through creativity. Lovely pictures on your blog!

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