Brick lane is famous for it’s Indian restaurants. Historically it’s a Bangladeshi community. This makes it an interesting spot to walk around. In addition to the restaurants you can find market stalls and Indian sweet shops.
Brick lane also hosts food markets at the weekends. There are a number of intersting stores too; vintage fashion, art, vinyl etc.
It’s an area where you can often see something interesting. I recently spotted a London cab converted to a coffee stand.
When walking around an area like Brick Lane it’s nice to see a lot of independent businesses and very few chain stores.
I remember visiting London in the late 80s/early 90s. The cultural vibe in Camden was so strong; the markets, the greasy spoons, the old vans and cars. There was a sense of wheeling and dealing. London has homogenised a lot since then. It’s difficult to find a spot without a Pret/Starbucks/Costa.
On my last trip to Tokyo I had mixed feelings about seeing a cafe chain from London open in Omotesando. On the one hand it’s nice to see an international vibe, on the other hand it’s a little sad to see the same places everywhere.
I’ve always been a fan of suporting local culture, and small businesses. But I have to admit there is something homely about being able to have a Starbucks no matter where I am in the world! It’s quite comforting when you need a break.
East London also features a lot of street art. It’s ever changing and adds a dynamic feel to the area. It’s common to see a lot of people taking selfies in front of street art.
There’s an interesting juxtaposition there. Presumably street art is about making an individual statement. Selfies feel like the opposite.
Is it unfair to judge selfies as lazy and boring. They tend to follow the same set of rules in terms of make-up, camera angle, expression, lighting.
By taking a selfie in front of street art the subject is borrowing the uniqueness of the street art to make their selfie more individual, which then makes the street art selfie perhaps even lazier than a regular one?