Mini Guide to East London England

East London has always been known for its excellence in arts, culture, music and brilliant markets. Considerable amount of transformation of the once-forlorn boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham were carried out just before the Olympic Games of 2012. The preparations for the Games had led to many outstanding developments such as Zaha Hadid’s curvaceous Aquatics Centre and the gigantic VeloPark through to Anish Kapoor’s ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower. Moreover, the stadia that were created at the Olympic Park in Stratford were no less marvelous than the sporting feats that took place during the games.

East London England has many splendid places such as the Victoria Park, which has one of the largest stretches of green in the city, and has lakes, bandstands, an oriental garden and the lakeside Pavillion cafe which serves delectable breakfasts. The brick Lane area is famous for vintage clothes, music, art, antiques and kitsch collectibles. If you need anything from bulbs and bedding plants to 10ft banana trees at bargain prices, you should go to Columbia Road Flower Market which was established in 1869.

If you are interested in the music and arts scene, you should head to the Shoreditch Triangle, a trio of streets between Old Street and Liverpool Street. It has been integral to London’s music and arts scene since the late 1990s. The most famous gallery in this area is the White Cube.

If you wish to take a peaceful canal-side walk which is lined with barges and filled with wildlife, you should explore the 18-mile stretch from Limehouse to Waltham Abbey. The Lea Valley Walk runs 50 miles from Limehouse through Hackney Wick and up to Luton.

East London England is famous for some great places for wining and dining. The King Eddie’s is a classic English tavern which is easily the best pub in Stratford, having low ceilings, open fires and frosted glass dividers and with a good selection of beers and wines including a specially brewed ale for the pub. The Albion combines a cafe, bakery and small food shop and serves hearty British comfort food, including fish and chips, game pie, rabbit stew and plum crumble. You can also get upmarket French cuisine in Boundary, which is located in the same building. Brick Lane is famous for its curries, and Bangladeshi and Pakistani food.

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