If you're thinking of booking a hotel near Brick Lane why not explore the market where bargains can be had and choose from eateries that include Jewish bagel shops and Bangladeshi curry houses?
Hotels near Brick Lane
Brick Lane has been a magnet for successive waves of immigrants ever since French Huguenots arrived in the 17th century. They were followed by Irish and Ashkenazi Jews in the 19th century and, in the later 20th century, Bangladeshis. All have contributed to the rich life of the community.
Your hotel near Brick Lane, which runs from northern Bethnal Green through Spitalfields to link with Whitechapel High Street, puts you at the heart of this vibrant and very hip area. The area is best known for its market, particularly on a Sunday, which draws big crowds in search of bargains.
But it also attracts street musicians and is home to an eclectic mix of cafés and restaurants, chic boutiques and art galleries.
Arts and galleries
Two minutes' walk from Brick Lane is the Whitechapel Art Gallery which is often overlooked in favour of the likes of the Tate Modern but which stages many important and interesting exhibitions.
Or check out the street art in Brick Lane, increasingly celebrated and for some, the epicentre of street art in the city.
And, if the opportunity arises, seize on the chance to see a production, gig, film or cabaret at Wilton's Music Hall, a dilapidated but magnificent old Victorian music hall in Whitechapel.
Once threatened with demolition the building, the world's oldest music hall and perhaps London's best-kept secret, is thankfully now being restored. Check the venue website for details.
Things to see and do
A great way to get to know the Brick Lane area is to sign up for a walking tour – the East End Tours company covers the area in its Unknown East End Tour, as does the Unseen Tours company which operates its 90-minute tours from Liverpool Street Station every Friday through to Sunday.
Those in search of something a little more bloodcurdling are directed to the Jack the Ripper tours which trace the steps of London's most notorious mass murderer who prowled Whitechapel.
Eating and drinking
You won't have far to go to find a great choice of places to eat and drink when you stop near Brick Lane. Brick Lane Brasserie serves dishes featuring baltis, tandooris and biryanis with Bangladeshi fish dishes a speciality. Or sample Cinnamon, an Indian curry house which has drawn rave reviews.
And afterwards, relax with a drink at the Vibe Bar, a popular all-day hangout in the Truman Brewery complex which becomes a live music and DJ venue in the evenings.
For a proper old-fashioned East End boozer search out The Pride of Spitalfields which is located on a cobbled alley just off Brick Lane. It even has a piano in the corner should the mood take you.
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