Brick Lane Market

IN A NUTSHELL

Trendy and widely loved, Brick Lane is a fashionable corner of London, synonymous with fashion-forwardness and vintage style.

Throughout the week, this lane in Shoreditch is crammed with shoppers frequenting the stylish stores, enjoying the area's street art, sampling the local cuisine and browsing for retro goodies. The best time to visit Brick Lane, however, has to be the weekend when a mass of stalls, sellers and hidden markets spring up all over the lane and the local area.

From Brick Lane Market itself, with its Sunday mish-mash of second-hand treasure troves, to the Brick Lane Backyard Market (open on Saturdays and Sundays) selling a mix of kitsch arts and crafts, and the delectable Old Boiler House in the Truman Brewery with it's 30+ street food stalls (open on weekends), there's something for every taste and palate at Brick Lane Market.

ABOUT THE MARKET

Whether you’re searching for second hand art deco furniture, vintage clothing, classic records or one-of-a-kind knick-knacks, you’ll uncover an array of weird, wonderful and on-trend bits and pieces amongst the stalls of Brick Lane’s Sunday market.

If you’re looking for something extra creative sold with a serious helping of community spirit, pop into the Backyard Market on Saturday or Sunday to discover even more stalls and unique sellers all touting their (often) handmade wares, complete with artistic flair.

On the West side of Brick Lane, Ely’s Yard plays host to a very fine array of street food sellers, while the Old Boiler House provides covered dining and long trestle tables surrounded by over thirty scrumptious sellers. Food blogger Giulia Mulé of the Mondomulia blog recommends Mother Clucker’s "crispy Southern style fried chicken. After brining and a buttermilk bath, the meat is tender and the crispy. You must have the hot sauce with it." and also urges Brick Lane visitors to seek out The Rib Man who is "the big daddy of London's street food scene. His slow cooked pork ribs are served in massive wraps. All his pork is outdoor bred too. To make it perfect, add a generous squeeze of his Holy **** sauce."

For even more meaty treats, make sure you stop by The Orange Buffalo These double awarding winning Buffalo Wings are touted as being the best in the UK and have a loyal cult like following. Serving insanely tasty and fun signature dishes including the infamous Snake in the Basket, which features "1 CRAZY hot viper wing snuck into a basket of our Original wings!, Its a game of roulette!"

THINGS TO DO IN SHOREDITCH

Whether you’re all shopped-out for the day, or need to walk off the body weight in street food you’ve consumed at Brick Lane Market, there are lots of great things to do in Shoreditch around its famous lane.

Mondomulia blogger Giulia suggests that visitors "take the guided street art tour around Brick Lane and Shoreditch and browse through the street markets dotted all along this street. Nearby Spitalfields market houses lots of local craft stalls too". The area’s street art certainly is worth checking out. Guided tours run regularly and will give you tonnes of artistic background information, plus show you some amazing hidden street art gems.

For even more art, why not pop down to Spitalfield’s affordable monthly art market? Or for even more market goodness, take a stroll Northwards to Columbia Road’s beautiful and lively Sunday flower market?

If you feel like something more cerebral after all of that shopping and eating, there are lots of museums in the area, including the perfectly preserved Dennis Sever’s House, the V&A Museum of Childhood plus the small, weird and wonderful Royal London Museum (now home to the late John Merrick, also known as the Elephant Man).

All sorts of lively fun is yours for the taking around Shoreditch. Sample designer cocktails overlooking an aquarium at The Drift, catch live jazz and blues at Prohibition-era themed, subterranean speakeasy The Nightjar, enjoy a lively drink and music at The Book Club or The Queen of Hoxton (check out their roof garden) and catch something cultural, from spoken word to dance, at Rich Mix.