5. The east end: Petticoat Lane> Spitalfields> Brick Lane


Petticoat lane markets is a great place to visit during lunchtime, when all the ethnic food stalls are up.  Otherwise they sell cheap London souvenirs and mainly cheap clothes, suitcases and household items.  I enjoyed the diversity. Tube: Aldgate East Station on Goulston Street.

Keep going straight on Goulston > Bell lane > Crispen Street and to:

Spitalfields market hall. This massive, modern market hall has everything from art, clothes, food and events.  Spend hours browsing the many stalls and searching for the perfect snack.



Old Spitalfield’s Market, outside and in.




Spoiled for choice.

Brick Lane lies to the east of Spitalfields.  Famous for the many curry houses lining the street, as well as markets and vintage shops. You can barter with the restaurant touts for great deals. This will be the best curry you will eat outside of India itself.





Dennis Sever’s House is a 5 minute walk from Spitalfields.  A visit here requires planning, as they have very limited opening hours, with day time visits, or special night visits. The premise is there are 10 rooms that take you from a tenement flat in 1724 all the way to 1914.  You walk through in silence, and take in the smells and feelings of the place.  There are some odd modern things mixed among the old.  It’s one of those things you either get or you don’t.  It’s kind of like a movie set, but not authentically perfect.  I liked it.


Step back in time at Dennis Sever’s House.