Where is the la mian??? I cant seem to find it last weekend! :(
Bethnal Green, London
Brick Lane, Hanbury street, London E1 6SB
- Shoreditch High Street Station (0.4 km)
- Aldgate East Station (0.9 km)
- Shoreditch High Street Rail Station (0.3 km)
- Opening hours:
Mon - Sun: 15:00 - 12:00
27 reviews of Brick Lane in English
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The best market in London, has a lot to look at and buy and to be expected a lot of quirky artwork, music, film, clothing all good stalls and interesting foods. I love coming here sundays on a hang over to wander about and grab something unique or different or just an old vinyl but i do hate tourists.
I LAVVV bricklane. I fell in love with it four years ago when I lived in london and still love it now after nearly four years and a move to manc land. This is mainly because I am a 'people watcher', if you like to mingle and be invisible then brick lane is for you, I should imagine it is a favourite for any budding writers (like moi) looking for inspiration.
The first thing you will notice when getting to brick lane for the first time is the array of sense stimulating material.The food OMG , for foodies this will be your food eden. The sounds, music guys blaring out rare groove beats will make you want to drop two foot in the middle of the street, the dulcit tones of the archetypal cockney shouting 'come and buy a mobile phone' is like music to the culture lovers ears.
And the people...wow....students, girls dressed in vintage clobber and ridiculously high heels, asian waif like artists selling their paintings and handmade jewellery, cockney wheeler dealers, culture vultures, the snap happy brigade, undercover coppers in plain clothes pulling shoplifters and dodgy people, drug dealers serving up their eager customers with panache 'alrite bruvva hows it going' whilst slipping them a piece of fruit from the local stalls with a bit of weed on the side.
AHHH the nostalgia for brick lane, don't let any of the seediness put you off, it only adds to the mystique of the place in my opinion and you really need a trained eye to spot these things anyway, most people barely notice the slightly dodgier side of brick lane.
There are plenty of photo opp's in the area and the indoor market on a sunday is the best place to buy quirky jewellery cheap, as well as local artists canvases, slogan tee's saying things like 'Fuck skinny jeans' and funky bits and bobs that you can oooh and ahh over.
I know people rave about the curry houses in BL and it is true it is infamous for them, but the food markets on sundays are really unbelievable. Exotic smells hit you from all angles, the colours are so vibrant, food from all over the world can be found here.
Peckish? Try a japanese mini dumpling, Thirsty? try a fresh chai latte or a fresh coconut with a straw stuck in it, Ravenous? try a falafel, or an argentinian steak sandwich or an ethiopian curry, and don't forget to hit the bagel shops there for a hot bagel with salted beef or smoked salmon and cream cheese...........................mmm gosh take me back now so I can stuff my face.
It's rammed on Sundays and I sometimes feel only a masochist would choose to experience this on a regular basis. But, still, I find myself returning oh so often, drawn by the incredible number of mini-markets on this street - the Sunday Backyard Market, the Sunday Upmarket and the regular Brick Lane market - where you can peruse stalls selling accessories, books and clothing, smell all the different aromas wafting from the many stall selling ethnically diverse food, listen to the tambourine-shaking funk vendor and just plain ol' people-watch.
It's an incredible treat and one of my favourite parts of London. I've also recently discovered just how affordable and fresh the produce sellers are compared to Tesco. £1 for two bags of grapes? £1 for three punnets of strawberries? Way cool!
For those of you who can't figure out where to eat, I'd recommend the la mian (handmade noodle) stall further up on Brick Lane. £4.50 for a massive bowl of fresh noodles, soup and loads of meat? Awesome.
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jasoncartiver, 7 February 2012:
It’s been nearly 15 years since I found myself going down Brick Lane and walking around Spitalsfields Market and how they have changed, for the better. Brick Lane is now this vibrant, energetic atmosphere, real multicultural London, enjoyable and fun. I couldn’t remember seeing this number of restaurants before, what a choice, have to check out reviews for them before my next visit. A number of open air food stalls along the route to keep your nose sniffing the air, more noticeable at the Vibe Bar which lured us in. Brick Lane is very much a London landmark designation for any visitor, to shop, eat and drink… Have to make this a regular place to visit….
Although charming, Brick Lane market is more infamous than famous. Chances are if you have your bike nicked in central London, if it doesn't end up on ebay it will end up here on a Sunday morning, being flogged by some little street urchin. However tempting it is to pick up a Trek Madone for £50 from some council estate kids who thinks "racers r teh suck", it is bad karma, and it makes baby jesus cry. Don't do it. Please. Go to a police auction instead, and pick up a legit bargain (www.frankgbowen.co.uk).
Brick Lane is a crazy assault on the senses. Sunday, (market day) is wonderful. People throw suitcases down and sell all manner of tat. Most of it is absolute crap. Lots of weird and wacky people about. Just up the Road is Columbia Road flower market.
Nice street in the East End, famous for its curry houses, of which there are lots. Plenty of choice and often some really good eateries (combined with a fair few rubbish ones, it has to be said). The only irritating thing is that quite a few waiters hang around outside their restaurants trying to hassle you to come in - they can be a bit too persistent occasionally. Otherwise it’s a fun, lively place to get something to eat.
Brick Lane is the heart of all the Indian/Bangladeshi restaurants, music and sweet shops. There are lots of restaurants to choose from and you will occasionaly find waiters out on the street trying to lure you in for a meal.
Once every year there is a festival held in brick lane where there are concerts, stalls of food and clothes and much more.
Brick Lane is a good place to go if you are around the area and want a good curry, there are many places to choose from. It is a bit crowded sometimes.
As the saying goes ‘you can get anything in brick lane market’. On Sunday only, they offer a hosts of stalls which are normally top up with the other cheeky soles who pitch up in the non-market area to make a few quid selling off there old stuff. The market itself comprising of two parking lots at the top of brick lane a row of mainly clothing(some knock off) stalls along Hanbury street and the Sunday up market (which is a bit like spitalfields).It is like half market half jumble sale with typical market food stalls to people selling TV remote and second hand mobiles. Watch out for the kids that sell bikes for 25 quid(they nick them from Columbia road earlier in the day). Oh its ruined a little bit by Chinese fake dvd sellers harassing you every 30seconds too.
Being new to London I am doing the whole geeky tourist book guides and been making my way around the markets.
Yesterday I went to brick lane and I just loved it!
Firstly make sure you haven’t had anything to eat before you go and there food hall it jam packed full of amazing goodies to go and try from all over the world!
So many stools and each of them so unique you can see the stool owners making there necklaces and trinkets, a lovely day out also a small area where they have laid out cheese, oil and salami testers.. yum yum!!
Although make sure you take your walking shoes!
The only place to eat in Brick Lane is the Sheraz restaurant, the place was buzzing with dinners. we walked up and down Brick Lane , before we went in this restaurant, amazing thing about this place was that there was no touts outside or, the pushy waiters offering any amazing curries, it was just packed with people, the food was very different from the other resatuarnts brick lane that we have tried before, there was a wider selection of Bangladeshi dishes, which we all went for, even the decor in this palce makes you feel wellcoming, glad we found the Sheraz, will definatley recomend it to others.
I love Bricklane!
easy to spend a day here! lots of art shops and even more vintage shops! a bit pricey but the best money can buy! and after all that shopping there is a choice of at least 20 curry places all afordable!
LOVE LOVE LOVE Bricklane
Brick Lane is THE place for curry. If you are new to London and you are looking to sample some Indian food, you be hard pressed to find a better spot than this. I love haggling for my dinner on Brick Lane. I once managed to get all you can eat for 10 people with 2 beers each for £8 pp. Now if that isn’t a bargain i don’t know what is.
Aside from the food, The Brick Lane market is also great fun on Sunday mornings. The market is open until 1pm and is full of all sorts. If you’re looking to get a cheap second hand bike, you should either pop down here or go to Gumtree.com. I can’t vouch for the legality of the bike trade on Brick lane though!
There are 50 plus curry houses that are legendary and may be cheap. Serious curry pilgrims should head to this street for countless variety of curry dishes ranging from Gujarati, mumbai to punjabi. I love this curry haven.
A major cultural hotspot in London and a great place to just wander around and soak up the atmosphere. The multitude of Indian restaurants that line Brick Lane are pretty infamous, and they may not be the height of quality but they are cheap and good fun. Brick Lane also offers up plenty of bars and clubs to keep you occupied on many a night out.
Brick Lane is one of the places i love most in London and undeniably one of the biggest cultural hotspots. Known as a big asian area, the Lane is populated with loads of yummy Indian restaurants, sari shops and Indian sweet shops. Its become really 'hip' recently- meaning that in contrast theres also loads of fashionable vintage shops and clubs. There's a Brick Lane festival which i think takes place in September and a market every sunday too.
Brick Lane is perhaps best known for it’s Indian shops and restaurants. These are found on the Southern end of the road. Personally whenever I go that way I like to go into one of the Indian sweetshops and pick up a rasmalia: a delicious sweet of dumplings in a sweet and spiced milk sauce. If you get one eat it quick: the milk sours at the drop of a hat. Further North on a Sunday you’ll find lots of stalls selling cheap stuff. It’s definitely not a pretty market…. At the Northern end and going into Sclater Street and Bethnal Green Road you might also find fly pitchers, selling goods laid down on the pavements (and moving rather fast when they see the market inspectors coming). While some are pretty dodgy characters with dodgy gear, you’ll also find a few just trying to make a bit of money out of a few odds and ends.
Brick Lane is also a hot spot for Graffiti art. Both along the Lane and in the alleys off it you’ll find masses of street art. However, if you do go down the side alleys you must have a strong stomach. They must also be the stinkiest alleys in London!
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