Skateseeing - East London

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Broadway Market
Broadway Market
Hackney's Broadway Market is foodie heaven, but with an eco-twist. Artisan bakers rub shoulders with organic greengrocers and delis, attracting visitors from all over the capital with their quality but wallet-friendly produce. Nestled amongst the food stalls you can also find vintage clothes boutiques, and a great selection of cafes and restaurants that are definitely worth a visit
Brick Lane
Brick Lane
Brick Lane may be best known for its curry houses, but there's much more to it than that. The north end of the lane is a vintage lover's paradise, while on a Sunday, the main thoroughfare is taken over by a colourful street market, with traders hawking all manner of second-hand goods. Add to that the world famous street art and numerous bars and cafes (including Vibe Bar and Lane stalwart Beigel Bake) and restaurants (sample the best on a tour with Eating London Tours) and you've got one of the most vibrant and buzzing areas, in not just the East End, but all of London.
Columbia Road
Columbia Road
The visually arresting Columbia Road Flower Market is a must for anyone's East London itinerary. Every Sunday the quiet residential street is transformed into a bustling oasis, as crowds flock to buy beautiful flowers and potted plants at great prices. The street is also home to a wide variety of independent retailers and food sellers, where you can take a break from the heady aroma of the flowers and grab a bite to eat. Good luck finding a seat in the Royal Oak pub on a Sunday lunchtime, though!
Regent's Canal
Regent's Canal
The 8.6 mile Regent's Canal stretches from Little Venice in the west to Docklands in the east, and whether you're looking for a peaceful stroll or a bit more hustle and bustle, you'll find it along the tow path. Both the vibrant Broadway Market and Victoria Park are on the banks of the canal, as are numerous floating businesses, including a narrowboat vintage boutique and a bookshop on a barge.
Old Truman Brewery
Old Truman Brewery
The Old Truman Brewery caters for East London's trendier inhabitants with its large art spaces, offices, independent shops and markets. It's home to the famous Rough Trade East record shop, while the neighbouring Big Chill Bar and Cafe 1001 provide the refreshments. Don't forget to check out the famous Sunday UpMarket too, where dozens of food stalls sell affordably priced artisan cuisine from around the world.
Victoria Park
Victoria Park
Victoria Park is one of London's oldest and best-loved public parks. It's a vast open space with ponds, a pavilion, tennis courts, cafes and of course its iconic Chinese pagoda. In the summer months, it's great for picnics or for hiring a pedalo to take out on to the boating lake, or you can attend one of the many music festivals and events that take place throughout the year. And of course, it's ideal to ride your skateboard through!
Shoreditch High Street
Shoreditch High Street
Shoreditch High Street is home to many of East London's best bars and pubs – from flamboyant cocktail lounges to grungy dive bars, the area has it all. With plenty of independent boutiques as well as big name brands at the Boxpark pop-up mall, it's also a great shopping destination, while those looking for somewhere to eat need look no further than the numerous Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, known locally as the Pho Mile.
Dalston
Dalston
Rising property prices in Shoreditch forced East London's creatives north to Dalston a few years ago, transforming the area into one of London's best places to go out at night. You can grab some food at one of the many authentic Turkish restaurants, before hitting the bars on Kingsland Road High Street, such as Birthdays and Dalston Superstore. Dalston is also a great place to catch new indie bands, jazz or experimental music, at The Shacklewell Arms, Vortex Jazz Club and Café Oto respectively.
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