Places To Visit in East London When You’re at a Loose End

It’s the weekend, you live in or near East London, and you bored! Not sure what to do or where to go? Well, we can help. We’ve decided to give you some ideas of places to visit in East London. This list was compiled with the aid of TripAdvisor.

Brick Lane
1 Brick Lane, London E1 6PU
Learn more about Brick Lane here.

The area around Brick Lane was once full of slums as well as the hunting ground for the notorious Jack the Ripper murders. However, today, East London’s Brick Lane is more likely to be frequented by artists rather than murders and features many places to eat, galleries and markets.

Every Sunday up and coming designers set up a market at 91 Brick lane, The Old Truman Brewery, selling the creations, from clothes to jewelry. Together with the market, there are a number of vintage clothes shops and boutiques.

Rabby from Havant, gives their thoughts and reviews about Brick Lane:

Remarkable! Brick Lane is infamous with geographers for its natural changes in demographics. There is a real cosmopolitan feel, mixing bagel shops with tanneries, with cereal shops, with Indian food marts. An interesting place (must) for those interested in street art, there is a ton. Used to be run down, home for many first time residents in the UK, now through heavy controversy the heart of fine art, nightclubs and fashion. Whether it be a good thing or bad thing, Brick Lane is truly a unique place and should be a must visit for any tourist in London.

However, you need to be careful as a number of people had personal belongings stolen by pickpockets. Here is just one persons’ experience, a tourist from Auckland, New Zealand:

Pickpocketers! Beware of pickpocketers! My wallet was stolen while we were standing for 2 minutes! If you go to Brick Lane make sure you keep you backpack in front of you and don’t keep anything in pockets that are visible.

Old Spitalfields Market
16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW

For the last 350 years, there has a market in Spitalfields, London. In 1991, the fruit and vegetable market was moved to the New Spitalfields Market in Leyton and in 2005, the area was regenerated and new public spaces, including Bishops Square and Crispin Place, were developed as part of the new and modern Spitalfields Market.

The area straddles the locale around Commercial Street and west of Brick Lane, and is home to several markets, including Spitalfields Market, the historic Old Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market and Cheshire Street. Petticoat Lane Market lies on the area’s south-western boundaries. It is close to Liverpool Street station.

Tim from London gives his thoughts about East London’s Old Spitalfields Market:

A GREAT USE OF AN HISTORIC LOCATION. Many years ago after leaving school, my first job was in Spitalfields Market when it was London’s largest wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market. It was a very busy and noisy place which came to life at 3 am and usually ran out of steam around 1 pm – 6 days a week. The area itself was very poor but with plenty of fine old buildings including Christ’s Church, designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor who worked alongside Sir Christopher Wren.

Now it is a wonderful collection of eateries, bars, antique shops and a collection of busy market market stalls. Although two thirds of the original market, which itself was the second version of the market, have been demolished and remodelled it still keeps it’s original shape. Once again it is the focus for people to congregate and now enjoy themselves where previously it was a very harsh working environment. Lots of restaurants, bars and pop up cafes serving speciality food. It is where you a can eat ‘outdoors’ but under the cover of a high roof. A super place to visit and it’s within a short walk of London’s Liverpool Street Station with it’s overground and underground rail connections.

Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road, London E2 7RG

Located in Bethnal Green, Columbia Road Flower Market is a street market that is open on Sundays only.

Here is the experience of tourist, Jan from Perth, Australia:

Such beautiful flowers! Crowded but fun. Massive variety of flowers and plants. Real market feel (and yes apparently the pick pockets were having a field day). Lots of banter from the stall owners.

Victoria Park
Old Ford Road | Bow, London E3 5TG
Learn more here.

For over 170 years, East London’s Victoria Park has been visited by millions of Londoners seeking recreation and somewhere to relax.

Local resident, Michael from East London, pass on his views of Victoria Park:

The Park… my park. Splat in the middle of the bustle of London is this great open space to unwind and re-energise. It’s hard not to want to walk/ run/ /skate /cycle here – we’re all doing it. It’s also a great place for dog walking and socialising, I even take my cat here sometimes too (he loves it) with the big open spaces and protection from the road. Have a pint at the many pubs which twinkle at the edges! This park is the gem of east London and a must see if you like green.

Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

The oldest grand music hall in the world, Wilton’s Music Hall is located Whitechapel, just a stones through from the City of London. All year long it puts on live music and productions. With the help from Heritage Lottery Fund, this Grade 2 Star listed building has undergone major renovation and brought back to life.

Here is Nick from London, experience of visiting Wilton’s Music Hall:

A hidden gem, every visit a magical trip to old London! A genuine Victorian music hall that revels in its faded glory. The peeling paint, intriguing architecture and bare brick exude a sense of real age and history lost in constantly refurbished West End theatres. Wilton’s now hosts a wide variety of always interesting and enthusiastically fringey entertainment.

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