Our Tips for a Day Around East London

If you have been a to London before, is quite likely that you have already covered most to the popular touristy stuff such as Buckingham Palace, South Bank, Oxford Street, Camden Town, London Bridge, Notting Hill, etc. So perhaps on our next visit, you want to experience the Alternative London -or simply want to experience London as a “Local”, an excursion to the heart of London’s vibrant East End should be an essential part of your agenda. While East London is no longer the off-the-beaten-track area that it used to be a decade ago, many tourist still fail to visit it. Missing out on this fascinating scene and a side of London which is a lot more in tune with the present, and  real “Londoners”.

Well, enough of introductions! Below our staff top picks for a day tour to East London with a little bit of everything for everyone…

Start your day (ideally on a weekend) with a visit to Spitalfields Market (nearest tube is Liverpool Station) only a couple of blocks away, there’s the colourful Brick Lane, famous its curry but also for its incredibly cool vintage clothing, only a short walk away you will find the picturesque Flower Market on Columbia Road, where even if you are not a plant fan this vibrant market will make you regret forgetting to pack you camera. There are plenty of other interesting things to see here, including on-of-a-kind boutiques, galleries, cafes and delis. From here you can pop in to visit Hackney City Farm -an inner city site has been used as a farm as far back as the early 1800’s with a very on-site popular restaurant- but save you appetite for Broadway Market (if you plan your visit on a Saturday) boasting over 100 stalls and a huge selection of nibbles -and prices a lot more reasonable than those in Borough Market.

Continuing down Broadway you will arrive to Regent’s Canal (which quite a change from taking the tube to get from A to B) full of interesting architecture (including Haggerston Gasworks, where two giant cylindrical gasometers rise impressively into the horizon) and pubs with heaps of character. Keep going and you will find the beautiful Victoria Park, which is the capital’s oldest park. Plan your dates right and you might even be able to check out the impressive Olympic Park, before it closes for 18 months to be transformed into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Summer 2013 which promises “to be unlike any other park you have ever visited and a whole new piece of the city, there will always be something exciting going on, from the low-key to the larger than life“. Which sounds like a landmark to look forward to…