London’s East End? Multicultural, Fascinating and Cool

London’s East End? Multicultural, Fascinating and Cool

For some strange reason, although I’ve been many times to London in the last two years I had never visited the East End.

Cosy Shops in London's East End

Cosy Shops in London’s East End

Then, last Spring I got enticed by a tweet from my friend Charles and decided that at the first occasion I would explore this new neighbourhood.

Luckily, I did not have to wait for too long. I spent some time in England in August and on a Sunday Charles kindly offered to guide me through the vibrant London East End.

From the very first moment, I fell in love with the vibrant atmosphere of this awesome area East of Liverpool Street.

London East End

London East End

You might wonder what made the East End so fascinating to me.

[pullquote]Don’t miss the blaze of colors at the Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday[/pullquote]

I liked the small shops with old signs and a distinctive personality which I find so much nicer than the all-similar top brand boutiques. I enjoyed the street markets selling cool and very cheap original clothes and admired the blaze of colors at the Columbia Road Flower Market.

The best way to see the East End is as Charles and I did… Peacefully and aimlessly wandering along the narrow roads, snooping around in the little shops, stopping to listen to the street musicians, enjoying the cool atmosphere and the fascinating multicultural life buzzing around us.

At the end of such a lovely day, I wondered how I could have missed to spend time in the East End for so long. Well… It is never too late. And I’ll soon be back, for further explorations.

More nice things to do in London? Why not spending some time at the colorful Borough Market?

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    Posted at 13:52h, 29 January Reply

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  • Maria
    Posted at 01:35h, 28 January Reply

    I’ve spent a couple of weeks in East Ham and it was a bustling hub of vendors, cafes and such but sports a large park to get some quiet time in. Enjoyed my time there.

  • Peter
    Posted at 08:04h, 24 January Reply

    Great photos, brings back so many memories of my few years I spent inLondon. Whether a curry on Friday night or a Sunday morning market fest, East London was just full of life!

  • Shonda @ Abundant Journeys
    Posted at 03:27h, 10 December Reply

    London is one of my favorite hangouts. Your photos tell a charming story of the East End most people tend to miss on their visits there. Nice to e-meet you as we make our rounds on the Carnival of Cities.

  • Christina (Jandal Road)
    Posted at 20:10h, 10 October Reply

    Ah very cool! I have yet to explore East London a little more. I recently was in DeBeauvoir Square and I had not expected such a beautiful area in East London. Will definitely check out your suggestions!

  • waitinginthedark
    Posted at 04:52h, 05 October Reply

    I used the ‘Collage’ option of Picasa.

  • wandering educators
    Posted at 03:56h, 05 October Reply

    how WONDERFUL! what a good friend, to wander thus with you. great photos. i want to go!!

  • Leigh
    Posted at 21:41h, 04 October Reply

    Peacefully and aimlessly sound like a fantastic way to explore the east end. Love the top photo.

  • Angela
    Posted at 07:24h, 04 October Reply

    True, in London East you can find so many ethnic restaurants and shops, I even found a bio farm inside the city! Great pictures 🙂

  • Heather on her travels
    Posted at 19:11h, 01 October Reply

    The two things I’ve really enjoyed in the East End are the Dennis Severs House – A step back into the 18th century with a house just as it was than, and the Geffrye museum, an old alms house that is now a museum to show how people lived through the centuries

  • Technosyncratic Travel Blog
    Posted at 18:31h, 30 September Reply

    We spent all of August in London housesitting in Walthamstow. It was such an awesomely diverse neighborhood – we couldn’t have chosen a better place if we tried!

    Okay, the commute into central London was a little more expensive… but with free lodging in a cool neighborhood, that was so worth it. 🙂

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