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Brick Lane & Shoreditch

So…

Today started with a fun trip to Camden with the girls (read here). Part II of our planned trip was Brick Lane, an area I was really excited to visit because of the popular graffiti art along the walls of the location. The first thing we saw after exiting the train station was a large archway – followed by large amounts of beautiful (and sometimes weird) graffiti.

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The market stalls at Brick Lane were unfortunately closed by the time we arrived, so we had to make do with just meandering around for a bit. I would have loved to see the interesting second-hand items and other bits and bobs being sold, but I suppose Camden Market was enough for the day. The graffiti, on the other hand…

first piece of graffiti we saw

first piece of graffiti we saw

Big Brother, anyone?

Big Brother, anyone?

amazing falcon drawing

amazing falcon drawing

Mr. Freeze?

Mr. Freeze?

Well, there were so many along street corners and alleyways, that I decided to make a small gallery instead of describing each photograph. My favorites were definitely the cartoon figures and the portraits of people (sometimes because I couldn’t really read the graffiti words), but they were all definitely beautiful in their own ways. 

Walking from Brick Lane to Shoreditch, we passed by Old Spitalfields Market. According to Wikipedia (and I always cringe at this citation because of IB English HL), “there has been a market on the site since 1638 when Charles I of England gave a licence for flesh, fowl and roots to be sold on Spittle Fields – which was then a rural area on the eastern outskirts of London“.

Brick Lane - Old Spitalfields Market - Shoreditch

Brick Lane – Old Spitalfields Market – Shoreditch

Just like the Brick Lane Market, Old Spitalfields was closing up by the time we arrived. We were able to see several stalls with the items still on display, and we made plans to come back since several of their jewelry and clothing pieces looked promising.

Old Spitalfields Market

Old Spitalfields Market

closing up shop

closing up shop

The sun had pretty much set and we were already a bit tired, so we didn’t really get to see as much of Shoreditch as we would have liked, but we enjoyed looking around and window shopping (sometimes even entering the shops if we saw something nice). I do have to say, I don’t think I’ll be able to afford that £995 leather jacket any time soon though!

camera shop

camera shop

Overall the day trip was successful and fun, and I hope to have more time in the future to come back and explore Shoreditch – it seems to be a pretty cool place, even from the little that we were able to explore! 

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