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London this Autumn? East London Bites: Old Spitafields Market & Brick Lane

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Sunsets & Bubbles – 29/08/16

It has been 5 months since I left my beloved London, it’s crazy how time flies! It is about time for a little London-Charo reunion and I can’t be any more excited to be coming later this week!

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London is the perfect European getaway for the Autumn days fast approaching. So with the excuse of my visit, I thought I’d publish a blogpost to get you all on the travel mood and maybe plan a little long weekend in the Brit capital.

I would like to introduce you to Old Spitafields Market and Bricklane, both placed at the doorsteps to East London, one of the most creative and artistic areas in London.

These two are situated right at the edge of ‘The City’, one of the busiest business centres in town, very easy to recognise by its skyline topped with the very emblematic Gherkin building & Heron Tower.

Taking a walk alongside Bishopsgate, starting in Liverpool Street Station, you can easily glimpse the scenery changing. You’ll go from the very corporate grey around the station, to very slowly dip into the brick walls, graffitis, flea-markets, design studios, cute cafes & boutiques, bars & clubs, street artists, live music, tattoo studios, long-play shops, food stalls, some of the yummiest and trendiest restaurants in town, art galleries, all adding to that genuine East London look.

If you’re after this kind of vibe, get in the tube, make your way down this end and get lost exploring through the streets. I highly recommend: Bricklane, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Hoxton, Haggerston, Dalston, Stoke Newington, Hackney Central & Hackney Wick. This entire area is full of cool places, you may not actually find them at a first sight, but trust me, you just need to walk a little bit around and discover them all : )

Coming back to the two main sites I wanted to talk about today… The Old Spitafields Market is a huge covered market, that offers shops and restaurants open every day and a central main square with stalls and a flea market, selling clothes, vintage deco & furniture, long plays, souvenirs, jewellery and all sort of cool stuff. Right at the back, you’ll find the food stalls, with different specialities from all over the world, quite an affordable and yummy option for a quick lunch!

When you get out of Spitafields down the backside, you come to cross paths directly with Bricklane. Always crowded on weekends, filled with tourists cameras in hand, it wasn’t among my favourites while I was living in London, however I must recognise I did always take any visitors there, as it’s a pretty genuine area, you really need to go there and take a little wander around, it’s pretty cool! Have a tea and cake at The Vintage Emporium and maybe top it up with a beer in the ever lively Big Chill -especially busy on Sundays, they normally have a DJ on-.

Anyhow, I leave you with some images, as always, one image is worth a thousand words : )

London baby, I can’t wait to see you!!!

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