From the busy intersection of Regent & Oxford street, we took the tube from Oxford Circus to Aldgate East headed to Brick Lane for lunch in one of the many halal cafes.
Brick Lane is a well-known street in East London. It is the hub of London’s Bangladeshi community and is known to some as ‘Banglatown’. It is also famous for it’s authentic curry restaurants.
In the yesteryear’s, ‘Jack the Ripper’ is known to have operated on the side streets of Hanbury and Fournier Streets, off Brick Lane.
A simple metal arch welcomes you to Brick Lane.
The narrow street of Brick Lane only caters for one way traffic.
A typical stretch of Brick Lane.
A supermarket along Brick Lane. Note the license plate of the Range Rover.
‘Banglatown’ cash & carry caters for the 30% of Brick Lane Bangladeshi community.
Brick Lane is world-renowned for its street arts. The side streets create an extensive gallery of eye-popping street art to explore. The area is alive with art.
Street art in one of the back lane.
An art work along ‘Fournier Street’.
Followings are street art captured along Hanbury Street where you’ll find plenty of them. These art aren’t permanent as it may be whitewashed and painted over with a new one. A work seen today may not be there when you come again. Thus what you see in Google streetview may not survive for your future planned visit.
At the intersection of Brick Lane & Hanbury, a wall gets a new artwork over the old.
Just beside the wall undergoing repainting above.
A much photographed street art along ‘Hanbury Street’. Due to it’s large-scale and being off the ground, it has survived for a long time.
Take a few steps backwards and another work (gorilla) comes into frame.
Another work along Hanbury Street, across ‘Banglatown’ cash & carry.
An art work at an entrance gate.
Street art on the walls of ‘Banglatown’ cash & carry.
To the right, another work on the walls of ‘Banglatown’ cash & carry.
Art on the shutters of a restaurant.
Agreed, what the sign says.
Attractive colored door and windows along ‘Princelet Street’ heading towards Old Spitafields Market.
Several markets are in Brick Lane namely the ‘Old Spitafields Market’, ‘Boiler House Food Hall’, ‘Tea Rooms’, ‘Backyard Market’, ‘Sunday UpMarket’, and the ‘Vintage Market’. The best day to visit Brick Lane markets is on Sundays where there will be a large flea market with people hawking their second-hand wares selling everything from antiques, handmade clothing, accessories, jewellery, music, arts and crafts along with street food.
Old Spitalfields Market is a covered market built in 1876. It is one of the surviving Victorian Market Halls in London and you’ll find daily fashion and vintage stalls with restaurants and boutiques. Having had lunch, we just strolled around for a look-see before exiting.
One of the several entrances to Old Spitalfields Market.
The interior with plenty of cafes.
Modern facilities around.
The Brick Lane Jamme Masjid (Brick Lane Mosque) built in 1743, has functioned as a chapel, a church, a Synagogue and as a mosque since 1976. We took the opportunity to perform our midday prayers at the Brick Lane Mosque. The mosque is well maintained, with modern ablution facility and fully carpeted prayer hall.
Second time visiting Camden, this time covering what we didn’t the previous year. Coming on a working day makes a whole world of difference in that the maddening weekend crowd isn’t there. You can do your browsing on your own pace minus the jostling and get attended to by the shop personnel. The varieties of things you can find in Camden is enormous.
Coming by bus No.27 from stop ET Edgware, we dropped off at stop CQ on Chalk Farm Road, This stop is basically located near to the entrance of Stables Market. Just a few meters ahead to your right, you’ll come to Hartland Road where on this road, you’ll find houses painted in different colors and a couple of street art.
Hartland Road with it’s multi colored painted houses.
Similar to what you’ll find at Portobello Road.
One of the street art along Hartland Road.
This isn’t a rainy night at Camden. It’s another street art. Notice the electrical box and a ladder on the right.
You would not believe the Stables Market was once a stable and a horse hospital housing a sizable herd of horses used to transport goods along the Camden canal. In Victorian times, the stables is where injured horses pulling barges down the canals would come for treatment.
The Stables Market and a couple other markets in Camden expanded in the 70s, when artists and artisans began to open stalls. Over 450 shops and stalls are housed here selling vintage wares, accessories, jewellery, alternative clothing, furniture and imported ethnic goods.
Entrance to Stable’s Market just next to bus stop ‘CQ’.
Deck chairs at the entrance to the lower ground bazaars. Proud Camden is a nightclub.
That’s “Stables Market since 1854”.
Clothing store in Stable’s Market.
Figurines in display cabinet.
A mix of everything.
Assortment of items for sale along the passageway in Stable’s Market.
Varieties of handbags to choose from.
Multi colored Turkish lampshades.
Meanwhile, along Camden High Street, the main road across Camden, you’ll find varieties of shops selling well, varieties of products from antiques to top of the line branded goods. You will note the shops here display their wares on the facade of the their stores in gigantic sizes.
Even restaurant do not want to loose out. Dragon on the facade.
The Camden Market sells mainly clothing.
Camden underground station.
For lunch we headed to Poppies Fish & Chips on Hawley Cres. Poppie’s is renowned for their authentic fish and chips. This is our first time tasting Poppie’s Fish & Chips and we can say it’s one of the best we’ve eaten. Beforehand, the waitress confirms the batter does not contain alcohol. We were at Poppie’s well before 12 o’clock, thus getting a table wasn’t a problem otherwise, it’s usually pack during lunch. Our order of 2 regular haddock cost £29.98
Poppies Fish & Chips just off Camden High Street on Hawley Crescent.
Interior of Poppies.
Fish & Chips for lunch. The sauces comes in cute little bottles.
Right after lunch we took bus no. 274 heading towards Park Road stop ‘P’. Here, we’ll be going to the London Central Mosque to perform our afternoon prayer. The London Central Mosque built in 1974 and opened in 1978 is located close to Regent’s Park thus aka Regent’s Park Mosque. It’s the biggest mosque in London we’ve been to. The building is situated on it’s own site complete with dome and minaret. Ablution place is on the lower floor whilst the big carpeted prayer hall is above. The mosque can accommodate as many as 5,000 worshipers in it prayer halls and courtyard.
The mosque is situated just off bus stop ‘P’ on Park Road.
Minaret & dome of the London Central Mosque.
The central courtyard. Entrance to the prayer hall is to the right.
Ablution area situated on the lower level.
The main prayer hall.
Another view of the prayer hall.
After prayers, we took a stroll along Regent’s Park walking from Hanover Gate behind the mosque to Clarence Gate to exit for Baker Street. Autumn leaves already evident and flocks of birds, ducks, geese and the like patronising the lake. The cool autumn weather makes the walk pleasant. Onto another bus ride from Baker Street and we’re back to our hotel.
Autumn leaves at the park.
Family on the way for a swim.
Community hogging the green.
Along ‘Boating Lake’. BT Tower in the background.
Across the ‘Boating Lake’.
Clarence Bridge across the ‘Boating Lake’.
Clarence Gate, the entrance from Baker Street at the far end.
Our night out in London this time around is Canary Wharf. We’ve seen several captivating Canary Wharf night scenes in YouTube and tought this might be a good walkabout to do albait the cold single digit night. Getting off the tube at Canary Wharf station, you’ll exit the station via steep escalators to the street level.
Canary Wharf is a major business district in London. It is one of UK’s two main financial centres, the other being the City of London. It’s 16 million square feet of office and retail space has many of Europe’s tallest buildings, including the second tallest in the UK, One Canada Square. Canary Wharf is home to the world’s or European headquarters of major banks, professional services firms, and media organisations. It cater jobs for more than 100,000 Londoners in the area.
Canary Wharf from 1802 to 1939 was one of the busiest docks in the world. After 1960s, the port industry began to decline leading to all the docks being closed by 1980. The British Government then adopted policies to stimulate redevelopment of the area. The Canary Wharf of today began with the idea to convert it into a back-office operation centre.
Canary Wharf would unlikly be on the list of attractions for the first time tourist to UK. Our first impression of the night scene was a little dismayed as it’s not as glittering as we’ve seen on videos before. The streets are deserted and the lights isn’t as fancy as seen. This probably is due to we being there in early October. Should we have been here just before Christmas, things may have been very different.
Nonetheless, most of our pictures of Canary Wharf at night do turn out to our satisfaction. Below are pictures we’ve taken during our walkabout. Apologies for no caption attached to the pictures.
Canary Wharf lower level shopping mall.
Another section of the mall.
Escalator down to the tube station.
Heading towards the tube platform. Rather deserted at around 10 p.m.