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November 14, 2011

2012 bucket list : Walking tour of East London’s Sunday Markets






Continuing our series of travel ideas for your 2012 bucket list, if you’re visiting London in 2012, this article is a great idea for exploring a relatively unexplored part of London.


Guest blogger, Kathryn from Tripstylist takes you for a wander through East London’s Sunday markets , discover some East End history – as well as some bargains in the process.


Get those virtual walking shoes on and get ready for a nice walk!


1. Start your day on Columbia Road which is famed for it’s flower market which takes place every Sunday 8am – 2pm.  As well as the flower market independent shops, art galleries, cafes and bars line this pretty Victorian street.



2. En route to the markets of Brick Lane take a peek at Arnold Circus.(below)  This beautiful bandstand and garden are built from the rubble of London’s most notorious slum. It is the site of the former “Old Nichol” slum which was demolished and redeveloped to become London’s first council housing estate. The mound of Arnold Circus is built from the rubble of the demolished slum.
3. From here pass down hip Boundary Street and Redchurch Street to Brick Lane.  This end of Brick Lane is home to Brick Lane market, a sprawling collection of bric à brac, fruit and veg stalls and hawkers. It extends into Bethnal Green Road, Sclater Street and Cheshire Street too.  Cheshire Street has some great shops, mainly vintage, homeware and arts/crafts.



4. Continuing down Brick Lane you will pass The Tea Rooms on your left, a cavernous antiques, furniture and homeware sale under 93 Feet East.



5. Also on your left is the Backyard Market with stalls from up and coming young designers, selling mainly fashion and arts and crafts.


6. Opposite is Dray Walk, lined with some great cafes and bars including Cafe 1001, Story Deli and Big Chill Bar. Walk through Dray Walk to the Sunday Upmarket, home to 200+ fashion, art, accessories and food stalls.


7.  Next, wander through pretty side streets towards Spitalfields Market. This Spitalfields area is noted for its early Georgian terraced housing. The best examples can be seen down Fournier Street which has some of best preserved Georgian townhouses in Britain, dating from the 1720s.


8.  If you’ve still not spent up, there’s more browsing and shopping opportunities at Spitalfields Market.  Recently redeveloped the market complex now includes restaurants and shops as well as hundreds of market stalls. Fancy a drink before you head home?


Try the Ten Bells pub on Commercial Road, Jack the Ripper’s old local, check out the original tiling as you go in.

From here it’s a short walk to Liverpool Street station.



About the  Author
Kathryn is creator of Trip Stylist, designing ready-made and tailored day out guides and self-guided walking tours for London and UK.

The printable ready-made London guides  explore some of London’s hidden gems and hunt out some quirky places to visit as well as taking in more well known sights and attractions.

Each is a complete day out that includes a step-by-step walking route and map and stop-offs throughout the day at great cafes, bars and restaurants.
Kathryn is an aimless wanderer and explorer who loves London and seeking out the quirky and unusual. And is always on the look out for great places to eat, drink and visit!


Website:  http://www.tripstylist.co.uk
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @trip_stylist

August 23, 2011

We ask the budget travel experts: Q&A with Sean O’ Neill


Every month, we’ll be interviewing the best and leading budget travel experts from across the world on the BudgetTraveller.

This month’s on the hotseat is the Mr Budgetastic Sean O’ Neill , contributing editor to the brilliant Budget Travel magazine.

Say hello to Sean on Twitter: http://twitter.com/sean_oneill


How would you define Budget Travel?


Budget Travel, for me, is a mix of two things: scoring deals, which is fun in and of itself, and truly immersing yourself in a foreign culture, which you can’t do if you’re sitting on 300-thread-count sheets in a generic international chain hotel.

The thrill of the hunt for deals can be a point of pride: why pay more than you have to?

I also find I have a much easier time getting to know a place and making friends if I’m visiting the hangouts and restaurants and galleries that locals actually go to, instead of the places that tend to be featured in glossy magazines like, say, Tatler or Vogue.


What is your favourite destination in Europe and why?


Dreamy Streets of Rome. Courtesy of Pedro http://www.flickr.com/photos/pedroqtc/



London is the city you marry, Rome is the city you have an affair with.

London is the centre of global culture and has the world’s best museums and restaurants. It never disappoints me in revealing fresh ideas about how life might be lived and business might be done.

Yet Rome is an illicit lover, and the world’s most talented at that. I’ve visited Rome 11 times in the past decade. Yes, it’s partly for clichéd tourism experiences, but sometimes the clichés are a lot of fun:

Four-hour lunches in piazzas.

Wolf-whistling from Vespas.

Admiring world’s best ancient and modern art, architecture, and opera.

History echoes more loudly in Rome than elsewhere in Europe, given that the ancient city is a template for so much of our lives, from its houses of worship to its aqueducts (which are still carrying water 2,000 years after they were built).


What’s the hottest Budget Travel tip that you’ve recently discovered and dying to share with our readers?


Tripping.com is an awesome way to set up a homestay with locals in about 130 countries, and homestays are a great way to truly immerse yourself in the local culture, make friends, and stay within your budget.

Tripping stands out for having a stronger vetting system than other sites that try to be the “Facebook of Travel.”

It offers to arrange for a face-to-face Skype call to ask users to hold up their passport and prove their address before validating their accounts.


Where can you get the best value in Europe this summer? Your top three spots.


Tallinn may have a reputation as Stag Party Central these days, but it’s a large enough city that you can avoid the obnoxious tourists, who tend to stay in small district.

Tallinn is Europe’s Capital of Culture this year, so there’s a ton of free, worthwhile events this summer.

While you’re there, be sure to try Cafe V, an Indian restaurant in a nightclub. http://cafevs.ee/

Dublin’s on sale. The online travel sites say it has the lowest nightly rate of any capital city in Europe.

The Irish are Europe’s friendliest people, hands down, if you treat them right.


Lisbon has an amazing nightlife and it’s also affordable: an all-day transit pass goes for 3.50 euros, and easyJet set up a base there recently, so there are lots of cheap tickets. Fascinating architecture, great food, and a vibrant nightlife scene.


What is worst piece of advice you’ve been given on your travels?


“Bring your computer.”

It interfered with my ability to experience the place I was visiting.


What’s the next stop on your travels?



For its ace pubs and the “craic,” which is an untranslatable word for enjoyable good times