The Rhythm and Style of East London

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The Rhythm and Style of East London

6.32miles Brick Lane to the Palm Tree, Grove Road

Fancy Lamp

We are a small creative studio based in East London, partly hailing from Canada.

Biking London is a great way to explore new areas and understand the history of the city. Regents Canal has so much atmosphere and makes for a great way to escape busy London streets, so we love this route along historic waterways. With our love of music and fashion, a favourite way to pass the time is in East London venues and pop-up shops. Starting with Brick Lane vintage and records, and the bustling crowds of the market, it’s a quick trip south by the world’s oldest Grand Music Hall, through the serene docks and into the remnants of the Cockney heartland.

Fancy Lamp's Stops

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1. Rough Trade Records
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

Rough Trade Record Shop is a London institution, with their Brick Lane location also offering a cafe and stage. As you'd expect, they;ve got a wide selection of music and a full calendar of music events, often drawing a long queue for their ‘secret’ gigs.

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2. Brick Lane Gallery
216 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB

Brick Lane is synonymous with street art, and there’s always something new to be found here. From famous works to up-and-coming local artists, there is a true mix of styles and inspirations on every surface. The colourful streets are a great representation of the diverse neighbourhood.

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3. Blitz Vintage
55-59 Hanbury St, London E1 5JP

Voted as Time Out London’s best vintage shop, Blitz holds its own among the countless alternatives in the neighbourhood. Whether you’re looking for some new (old) kicks, unique and retro denim, or consigned designer pieces, Blitz has you covered. The shop features a rad photo booth and little cafe to fuel your search through the racks.

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4. Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Wilton’s is a must-see hidden gem for anyone wanting to experience old London. The historic building features a rustic interior with beautifully worn brick walls, cosy seating spaces dotted with fireplaces and art, and a welcoming bar area to enjoy a pint and snack. The music hall exhibits a variety of acts, including theatre and live music.

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5. The Prospect of Whitby
57 Wapping Wall, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 3SH

London’s oldest riverside pub once catered to smugglers, thieves and pirates. The original flagstone floor is a lovely nod to its past, and the replica noose above the balcony. The view over the Thames has been captured by both Turner and Whistler - two from a list of notable patrons. The beer garden is a lovely place in summer.

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6. The Palm Tree
127 Grove Rd, London E3 5RP

Stepping through this secluded pub door, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time to enjoy a proper Cockney knees up. The owners have lived above the pub for decades and still serve pints under the strong red lights. The live music Friday-Sunday draws an enthusiastic crowd as old regulars continue to outshine the newer hipster clientele. Bring Cash.