Brick Lane’s name was derived from brick making, but these days it has been transformed into the Chinatown of the sub-continent. This is where the Bangladeshi community live, and it is filled with curry houses’ sounds and smells. Even the street signs are written in Bengali.
The street is great for two things – Bengali fashions and Balti houses. Some of the finest Indian restaurants in LOndon can be found here. Or if your stomach can’t take it, try the world famous bagel shop at No. 159 – it stays open for 24-hours a day.
The Sunday market sells cakes, fish and oriental spices.
Here is a list of some of London’s other popular markets:
|Location||Wares||Days of the week|
|Brick Lane||Flea market||Sun|
|Columbia Road||Flowers, plants and garden equipment||Sun|
|Greenwich||Antiques, bric-a-brac, clothes and food||Sat–Sun|
|Spitalfields||Organic foods, gifts, crafts and clothes||All but Sat|
If you enjoy this then try: Leather Lane; Petticoat Lane (you can walk it in 7 mins) and Whitechapel (you can walk it 10 mins).