On virtually every
backpacker’s check list, a London Brick
Lane curry is an absolute must and is sure not to
disappoint. Brick Lane, itself, is home to numerous curry houses with
tantalising aromas wafting out their doors, which has built up from the strong
Bangladeshi community that immigrated to
in the 1950s and 60s. Many would describe a London Brick Lane curry as the best in – spicy
and flavoursome, with huge chunks of juicy meat, all served with rice and a
tasty naan bread. Try Aladin, listed by the BBC as one of the world’s best
curry houses. Britain
|This is just a sample of what is on offer!|
2. Feast on a traditional English meal
A curry might be a cornerstone of modern English cuisine but any hungry traveller to London can’t go without trying the traditional fare of fish n’ chips and mushy peas (also known as a “luminous green sludge”). It just so happens that it is believed the concept of battered fish with deep fried chips originated in London’s East End and that the first combined fish n’ chip shop was opened by a Jewish immigrant there in the 1860s. It makes sense then to try the English tradition when visiting the
Visit Poppies Fish & Chips for an award-winning 1950s dining experience –
but note, it’s popular and the queue will often go out the door.
3. Tap into the inner creative
As the creatives have filed into
East London, giving
it its distinctive edgy vibe, they have left their marks on the walls of
buildings – from giant birds to alien space invaders and even a Banksy sketch.
The street art and installations are colourful, creative and inspiring. Wander
the streets yourself or take a guided tour to learn more about the artistic
4. Say meow to the
East End’s most famous cat
Lenny the pub cat is described as the guv’nor at one of the best pubs in Spitalfields, The Pride of Spitalfields, just off Brick Lane. This rotund moggie struts around the pub, pulling in the punters or serenely sits on a stool at the bar. Lenny even has his own Twitter account and some say he is the most photographed cat in the world. Come to the pub to stroke the cat but stay for a tasty ale or cider.
5. Pig out on a selection of culinary delights
East End is just about curry? Well think
again. With the enticing mix of cultures, the smorgasbord that is on offer will
have your taste buds dancing. From smoky bacon sarnies and custardy bread and
butter pudding to fresh bagels stuffed with thick cuts of salt beef and juicy gherkins.
Or just breathe in the tantalising aromas while wandering around the heady bustle
of Spitalfields market. To really taste what the East End has on offer try a
food tour like Eating London’s East End food tour.
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Many thanks to Eating London, part of Eating Europe Tours, for the press trip. All opinions are my own.