The sun has finally returned to London. Weak and cold it may be, but it is the perfect excuse to rediscover Brick Lane.
There are three main reasons to go to Brick Lane on a Sunday:
1} You are hungry
2} You are hungover
3} You are in need of a London indie culture slap
Point the first. As well as the small stall holders and cafes on Brick Lane itself, there are markets dotted off either side. They are chocked full of independent food stalls – sushi, baking, curry, crepes, wraps, skewers and falafels galore. Everything is fresh, colourful and smells so damn good. Fair warning, around lunchtime it gets really crowded – but go with a full wallet, empty bladder and lots of patience and you will be fine.
Point the second. You can get super strong coffee and seriously cheap bagels on Brick Lane. The bagels are infamous, two stores meters apart selling salmon and cream cheese bagels for around £1.50. Hangover cure TICK.
And the last point/fair warning. Brick Lane is very ‘Shoredich’. It is full of so many Indie/alternative kids that you will feel like you forgot to wear the uniform. But if you feel at all insecure, just remember that their army jackets are from H&M, the frowns are because they are hungry and pop princess Miley Cyrus rocks the exact same shaved hairstyle.
This is without mentioning treasure trove vintage shops, the chance to buy from up and coming designers, some of the best (and ever changing) graffiti in London, hilarious buskers, a shop with cats, cool jewellery, loud music, chess competitions and epic crowd watching.
Next sunny Sunday, get amongst it.