I’ve been a proud East Londoner for just over a year now. There’s nowhere else in London I would rather live than this eclectic melting pot. Co-inhabited by British Bangladeshis, latte-sipping hipster, code-punching techies, serial entrepreneurs, and everyone in London who has a beard, it’s a great place to call home.
Boutique shops and brunch spots aside, E1 has a rich and diverse culture. Walking the streets is one thing, learning about them is another. So last weekend, I did an Alternative London walking tour to learn a bit more about the history of the area. And also to get schooled in the awesome street art that Brick Lane and the neighbouring streets boast of.
When you get to Old Truman Brewery, on one side you have curry shop after curry shop after curry shop (I want to say 54 in total, but don’t quote me on that) in what’s known as Banglatown. Spin your head 180 degrees and the same street is littered with street art, vintage stores, and a restaurant that only serves cereal.
Old Truman Brewery is also a great go-to for street food, especially during summer months. It was a rainy 10 degrees last Saturday, but that didn’t stop Mikkel and I from chowing down chicken wings from Orange Buffalo. BEST chicken wings in London. And I don’t use caps lock casually.
(PS: remember when I was a vegetarian?)