East London is a ‘go to’ destination and namely it’s Brick Lane with the lovely art markets, vintage shops and quirky cafes.  I took my time exploring this side of London (as it is quite literally on the other side of London to me) but have my definite favourite place to go for tea and cake (and the coffee is also very good!).

The Vintage Emporium is an amazing place to go if you love the homemade, vintage, quirky, comfortable type of cafe that serves tea in the largest cups I’ve seen and cake that comes in slabs.  I’d recommend sharing!  Downstairs is a great vintage shop that has some gorgeous items and is perfect for a hunt around.

If you do make your way over to that side of town, take a walk through Spitalfields Market, visit Rough Trade and get a black & white photo taken in their booth, check out art markets in the ‘Sunday Up Market‘ space and sample food from all over the world in the Old Truman Brewery.

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