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terça-feira, 22 de março de 2011

Brick Lane and Spitalfields Markets London

Brick Lane

Brick Lane is a street in the East End of London, site of a Sunday market, heart of the city's Bangladeshi community, former heart of the city's Jewish community, and before that, of its Huguenot community.
The Sunday market at Brick Lane, like the one nearby at Petticoat Lane, dates from when it was a Jewish community.
In the 20th century the Brick Lane area was important in the second wave of development of Anglo-Indian cuisine, as families from countries such as Bangladesh migrated to London to look for work. The 'curry houses' of Brick Lane are known for their cheap and cheerful food, and for allowing customers to bring their own beer (often the curry house itself will not sell alcohol as most are run by Muslims). More recently the area has also broadened to being a vibrant art and fashion student area, with considerable exhibition space. Each year most of the fine art and fashion courses exhibit their work near Brick Lane.
It has also been, since the late 1990s, the site of several of the city's best known night clubs, notably Cafe 1001 or 93 Feet East and The Vibe Bar, both built on the site of The Old Truman Brewery, once the industrial centre of the area, now an office and entertainment complex.

Market Opening Times:
Sundays 9am-5pm

Nearby Attractions:
Combine a Sunday trip to Brick Lane with a visit to Columbia Road flower market, Spitalfields market and Petticoat Lane market.

Shops, Galleries & Restaurants:
Monday-Sunday, varying times

How To Get There:
Address: Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6PU
Nearest tube: Aldgate East (5 mins)
Nearest overground: Liverpool Street (10 mins)
Buses: 8, 26, 35, 43 (Sun market hrs only), 47, 48, 67, 78, 149, 242
Parking: Spitalfields Car Park (6 mins)

Spitalfields Market

Spitalfields Market is a vibrant indoor market just outside central London. You can find all sorts of wonderful things at the market, from trendy clothes to retro handbags, contemporary artwork and funky items to furnish the home.
Inside there is an international organic food hall, 2nd hand books, music, clothes, costumes, hats and props, ornaments, antiques and art. There are many places to eat and drink all under the same roof, making it a great day out.
Spitalfields Market is open all year round and attracts over 25,000 people a week.

Market Stalls:
Mon - Wed: All shops & no stalls
Thu: Antiques & vintage
Fri: Fashion & art
Sat: All shops & no stalls
Sun: Busiest day - all shops & all stalls

Opening Times:
Thursday & Friday 10am - 4pm
Sundays, 9am - 5pm

Check with individual restaurants but generally 11am - 11pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 5pm on Sundays

Check with individual shops but in general Monday to Sunday 11am - 7pm

How to get there:
Address: Old Spitalfields Market, 105a Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BG
Local bus routes: 8, 242,149 and 67
Liverpool Street Station: BR, Central, Hammersmith and City, Circle and Metropolitan lines.

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