Museums, Street Art and Craft Beer in East London

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Museums, Street Art and Craft Beer in East London

4.08miles Old Spitalfields Market to Crate Brewery

Christine Buske

I am a neuroscientist by training, now working in tech. I’m an expat, global citizen and blogger.

East London is a vibrant area of the city with more sounds, sights, and tastes than you can possibly absorb in one day. With this cycle tour, you’ll get a sense for everything the area has to offer. We start at Spitalfields Market, where a market has been running for 350 years, and end at the Olympic Park and a local micro-brewery. For some time out from the city, we’ll go through beautiful Victoria Park during our journey as well.

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1. Old Spitalfields Market
Horner Square, London E1 6EW

Old Spitalfields Market is a hidden gem in East London. A daily market in an iconic building, the space is covered so a market to be enjoyed in any weather. With unique vendors and local artisans, you can find unique gifts or souvenirs here as well.

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2. Shoreditch Street Art
Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3NT

Shoreditch is a vibrant area of London, packed with unique boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants. A stone’s throw away from Brick Lane, you’ll be able to travel the world all within a few blocks, while soaking up a variety of street art on the way

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3. Columbia Road Flower Market
Columbia Road, London E2 7RG

Only operational on Sundays, the Columbia Road Flower market is dotted with coffee shops and pubs – a great place to stop for some refreshments and soak up the atmosphere.

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4. V&A Museum Of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Soak up some nostalgia for the past and explore old toys at the V&A Museum of Childhood. The museum is open daily and admission is free, so pop in for a quick browse or spend some more time there if you can fit it in your schedule.

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5. St Margaret House Gallery Cafe
St. Margarets House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PL

Just around the corner from the museum is St Margaret House, and its café has some fantastic coffee. If you are saving your appetite for the last stop, try to resist the lovely food. However, if you prefer all vegetarian/vegan options then indulge yourself here before we continue.

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6. Victoria Park
Grove Road, London E3 5TB

Victoria Park is a massive green space in the heart of East London. You can spend some time cycling around the park, and each time I do, I discover a new corner I hadn’t seen before. Explore and feel a real escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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7. Crate Brewery
7, The white building, Queen's Yard, London E9 5EN

You’ve worked up an appetite and seen quite a bit of East London by now. Crate Brewery not only brews up a range of craft beers, they are known for their stone baked pizza. In my opinion, this is the best pizza I’ve had anywhere in London.