Sunday, 28 October 2012

A Tour Of East London

Today I went on an artsy, flowery, crispy walk in East London, courtesy of my friend Kinzie who lives in Islington. We started out along Canal Walk, which took us from Islington to the Columbia Road flower market and then onto Brick Lane.
There are loads of boats dotted along the canal ranging from homes and cafes to stores selling hats and sundries. The surroundings are industrial, cool and rustic all at the same time...kind of reminded me of Berlin or Amsterdam.

We stopped at the cutest little coffee shop on the canal called Towpath Cafe. It's all very laid back and casual here and it seems like a place filled with weekend regulars.  I loved these beautiful orange and blue flowers on the little coloured tables. 
Isn't this such a great setting for a cafe? Love the worn wood paneling in the kitchen. The flat whites were very tasty and the food smelled delicious...this is definitely a hidden gem on the water. 
A colourful block of flats I spotted on our walk. I only took my eyes off the path for a minute to take this photo...if you don't you'll be run over by a biker!
After a leisurely walk we ended up at the fabulous Columbia Road flower market! There are so many florists lining the street shouting "two bunches for a fiver!" You can get some pretty good deals...we went a little later in the afternoon so I think they were trying to get rid of all the last blooms.
Here's my pick! I don't even know what they're called but they are the quirkiest, prettiest fall flowers and they look perfect on my dresser.
Next on the agenda was UpMarket off of Brick Lane for lunch (a big warehouse full of stalls selling food and clothes). We ate on picnic benches right outside the building and then browsed the stalls a bit before moving to well-known Spitalfields to do some shop a little more. There's everything from jewelry and art to restaurants and accessories.
Especially loved these handmade chic leather clutches! I'll definitely be coming back in the future to browse the stalls and pop back over to Brick Lane for a good curry.

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