Little-Known Attractions and Things to Do Near Brick Lane

Famous for being home to many curry houses in London, Brick Lane is a street in east London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It starts from Swanfield Street in the northern part of Bethnal Green and then it crosses Bethnal Green Road and passes through Spitalfields before being linked to Whitechapel High Street to the south by a short stretch of Oxford Street. Due to the predominantly Bangladeshi population of the area, Brick Lane is considered to be the heart of the Bangladeshi/Sylheti community of the city and is also known as Banglatown.

From its humble beginnings, the area of Brick Lane has been broadened in recent years transforming it into a vibrant art and fashion student area and plenty of exhibition space is now available. Works of students taking fine art and fashion courses is exhibited near Brick Lane each year. It has become the site for establishment of some of the best known night clubs such as 93 Feet East and The Vibe Bar, since the late 1990s. Both of these were built on the site of The Old Truman Brewery which was at one time the industrial hub of the area but at present it is an office and entertainment complex. Brick Lane is also famous for having a regular display of graffiti, featuring artists such as Banksy, Stik, ROA, D’Face, Ben Eine, and Omar Hassan and also for being used in many music videos including “Glory Days” by Just Jack, :All These Things That I’ve Done” The Killers and “Uberlin” by R.E.M. Most people associate Brick Lane with beigel or curry or even a vintage jacket as you can get plenty of such items. However, there are many other lesser-known things that you can see or do in Brick Lane.

Spitalfields City Farm: If you walk east from Brick Lane for a few minutes, you will reach Spitalfields City Farm that you can visit for free although donations are accepted. At this farm you will find donkeys, sheep and pigs and you are allowed to stroke them or make funny noises at them. The annual Goat Race is also held at this farm. It is a working farm where you can get a dose of cute. Volunteers at the farm run a vegetable garden while different species are attracted to its wildlife garden. A small cafe is also available at this place.

It is easy to find the right Accommodation In London as all categories are available ranging from the most luxurious 5 star hotels to the cheapest hostel rooms or dormitories in all parts of the city so that visitors can stay according to their needs and budget.

Shoreditch Nomadic Community Garden: If you wish to get a taste of the seamless amalgamation of urban specialities with nature, you must visit this garden that was set up in 2015 in a disused building site so that local people could find a place to grow vegetables. The amalgamation can also be noticed if you see the wooden planters with a splash of street art as well as special events.

19 Princelet Street: Spitalfields Market is located west of Brick Lane and is a famous tourist spot. Princelet Street is a former synagogue that is located in between Brick Lane and Spitalfields Market and it is a sort of a museum of immigration that tells the stories of refugees. Built by Huguenots in the 1700s this house has been inhabited by Jewish, Polish and Irish families. Through the exhibition, you can learn about how Spitalfields was developed by these different communities. It is open to the public only occasionally.

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Charles Booth Walks: If you wish to know more about East End, this is the best available walking tour as it will provide all information regarding Whitechapel as provided by the social reformer Charles Booth. Besides information regarding the Victorian age, you will also learn where Gilbert and George live, and find the only building in London which has been a church, synagogue and a mosque. You will also know why Brick Lane is called so.

Close-Up Cinema: Brick Lane is a great place for seeing a film or an exhibition as it has many cinemas such as Rich Mix that exhibits new releases as well as offers exhibitions and live music programmes. For people who love to see a film in utter luxury, the area offers Electric Cinema. Another lesser-known cinema is Close-Up Cinema located on Sclater Street that also offers a library specifically dedicated to films and related information. The history of cinema including both digital and orthodox reel projections is reflected in the programme of film screenings. The library and archive offers more than 19,000 titles that range from early cinema to independent cinema along with books and publications related to the film industry and it attracts many real film buffs.

Learn how to make something: If you wish to learn about how to make jewellery you should spend half a day at Tatty Devine on Brick Lane that offers jewellery-making workshops so that you can learn about the various tools and techniques that are used in creating these products. At this workshop, you can even take home the pieces created by you.

Des and Lorraine’s Junk Shop: If you are interested in bric-a-brac items, you must visit Des & Lorraine’s Junk Shop in Bacon Street, just off Brick Lane. At this place, you can find items such as tin signs, old lamps, cutlery, chairs, esoteric books, old stereos, or any other such thing. It is fun exploring  through this chaotic collection if you are not looking for anything specifically. However, be prepared to haggle your way through for a real bargain.

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