Day 6 – Shoreditch > Brick Lane Market > Oxford Street
With Mr Map flying back home, my solo day in London started with a guilty pleasure for breakfast. I’m always intrigued by small differences in McDonald’s menus from country to country, and so decided to fill myself up with another breakfast wrap! Since it was Sunday, it was the perfect time to check out Brick Lane Market in East London.
I took the tube to Shoreditch High Street station. It is one of the most distinctive areas and trendiest neighbourhoods in London.
As soon as I stepped out of the station, I could already feel a different vibe to the area. I walked along Bethnal Green Road and ended up in the Sclater Street market. There was a lot of junk (maybe someone else’s treasure) at the market none of which I found too appealing.
I kept walking and eventually got to Brick Lane Market. This is where you will find all the cool graffiti and the food stalls.
Here is a map of the market
Backyard Market (the green part from the map)
Big Chill bar & restaurant on Dray Walk
I didn’t get a closer photo of Banksy’s pink car, which is apparently pretty famous. It is protected by a glass box. I didn’t even know the pink car is well known until I did some research on the internet when I was writing this blog entry.
You can find a better photo of both the Banksy’s car and the Credit Crunch Monster here from europeupclose.com
Below is the area around Dray Walk.
I found these signs near the Sparks clothing store (near intersection of Dray Walk & Hanbury Street) quite interesting, a little bit different from conventional road signs.
Another famous graffiti by Roa, an artist from Belgium who is famous for his realistic animal graffiti.
More food stalls at the Brick Lane Market
I walked to the other side of Shoreditch area after Brick Lane and passed by the Boxpark. It is London’s pop up mall made with shipping containers.
Another graffiti from Roa – a giant hedgehog. This can be found near Chance Street and Bethnal Green.
This is another famous Shoreditch landmark by Steve Powers. This can be found near Holywell Lane and Great Eastern Street.
Right opposite to this famous landmark, there is a place called Dinerama where you can find a lot of street food.
After my long walk around the Shoreditch area, I stopped by a cool cafe called Cereal Killer in Brick Lane for light snacks. It has over 120 different types of cereal, 30 different choices of milk and 20 different toppings.
I was fascinated by the choice of cereal in the cafe. I’m not a big fan of cereal but this is definintely somewhere worth visiting. Who would ever think of opening a cafe with all types of cereal?
In the end, I just ordered a regular granola with banana and milk. I prefer to stick with the simple choice, I know a little bit boring, but I’m not too eager to pump my stomach full of sugar.