East End (Hoxton, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Shoreditch)

East End (Hoxton, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Shoreditch) Travel Guide

The shop keeps hours more or less according to the whims of its owners, a couple who are specialists, respectively, in vintage watches and Miriam Haskell costume jewelry.

London’s oldest market, Spitalfields has a history dating back to 1666. Today, the sprawling marketplace includes both the old market and a newer traders market, which features up to 110 stalls each day.

Considered one of the world’s greatest independent record shops, Rough Trade was founded in 1976, quickly emerged as a major retail presence on London's punk scene, and evenutally gave birth to a record company that signed The Smiths.

Old Truman Brewery here takes its name from a family who started making ales in the late 1600’s. Today, the brewery building is home to almost 200 independent creative companies.

The most fashion-forward men in London are raving about this Shoreditch style house established in 2010 by native fashion guru James Brown.

The Whitechapel Gallery is one of London’s premier venues for displaying contemporary art. After acquiring the Whitechapel Library and completing an extensive expansion project, the gallery has nearly doubled in size.

Run by a friendly team of denim demigods, this East End jeans shop is arguably the best in London. Located in the Old Truman Brewery, Son of a Stag specializes in rare Japanese selvage denim and also stocks well-loved brands like Edwin, Takumi, Lee, Wrangler, Levi’s and Studio D’Artisan.

Upon entering this simple shop, designed in green hues with reclaimed wood, patrons are awed by row after row of dark glass apothecary jars filled with cutting-edge beauty potions.

Jamme Masjid—the Great London Mosque—was consecrated in 1976 in an early Georgian house that, for the century prior, was the Spitalfields Great Synagogue.

Although its name is actually derived from a Longfellow poem, this charming Shoreditch shop inspires patrons to "labour away" with its enticing selection of everyday home goods, ranging from sleek metal dustpans to hand-knitted dishcloths.

Perhaps the most influential contemporary gallery in London, White Cube was established by renowned art dealer Jay Jopling in 1993. In 2000, Jopling opened a new location in East London’s trendy Hoxton Square, amidst the largest artists’ enclave in Europe.

In front of this charming gourmet shop in Spitalfields, a pair of rustic weathered tables sit beneath a teal-green awning, surrounded by wicker baskets overflowing with bright fruits, fresh veggies and delicate flowers.

"The details are not the details, they are the design." This quote from Charles Eames has largely influenced Folk founder Cathal McAteer, who transforms predictable clothing into playful, stylish designs elevated by wonderfully quirky details and fine fabrics from across the globe.

Set in a nabe with an acute cool quotient, this watering hole is behind the annual Big Chill Multimedia Festival held during August in the Malvern Hills of Herefordshire. Expect a warm, infectious atmosphere within the warehouse chic of exposed brick and pipes, plus beaten-up leather sofas.