Brick Lane is a major cultural hub in East London. Visitors from all over the world flock here to shop and see the sights, but as with anywhere with lots to see and do – navigating without a trusty guide can be a tad tricky! Here are our top picks of what to see (and where to shop!) during your own visit.
Attend a Famous Market
Brick Lane Market is one of London’s most well-renowned – and with good reason. The venue sells an eclectic selection of goods and dates all the way back to the 17th century. You’ll find plenty of bargain hunters here eagerly rummaging through everything from antique books to the latest electronics and handmade clothing; much of the market is enclosed within the Old Truman Brewery but spills out onto the streets as well.
In the Tea Rooms section of the market, you’ll find a wide range of different teas, coffees and traditional baked goods, while the Vintage Market offers unique finds from around the world. Before heading to the M by Montcalm Spa to relax, pop along to Brick Lane for a little retail therapy!
On Sundays, the UpMarket hosts a platform for new designers and organic food producers to showcase and sell their wares, while there are also beer gardens and a wide variety of delicious cuisines to sample, alongside an impressive range of cafes, boutiques and hair salons as well as a bustling community of independent artists and designers.
Indulge Your Love of Music
As a vibrant, creative part of London, Brick Lane offers a vast array of opportunities for music fans, including most notably a visit to Rough Trade. As one of the biggest names in independent music, Rough Trade East is located in Brick Lane, and provides ample space to browse a huge selection of CDs and vinyl records spanning decades and covering just about every genre you can think of! This music-loving location is ideal for a visit while staying at the M Hotel Shoreditch. At the back there’s even a small stage which has hosted some of the biggest names in the music world, playing intimate gigs to fans new and old.
Enjoy Some Fine London Bars
Brick Lane is the ideal starting point for exploring the East End of London, offering everything from shopping to fine dining. The area isn’t only home to a famed market and a buzzing music scene; it’s also something of a foodie centre as well. The area has a wide range of fantastic places to grab a bite to eat within Brick Lane Market – and some incredibly popular curry houses, bars and pubs away from it. You could head to a quirky neighbourhood venue to enjoy some cocktail specials and live music every Friday and Saturday, or try a few locations for a drink before heading back to the hotel for a delicious meal.