London's East End? Multicultural, fascinating and oh so cool

Tuesday 04 October 2011

For some strange reason, although I’ve been many times to London in the last two years I had never visited the East End.

Cosy Shops in London's East End

 

Then, last Spring I got enticed by a tweet from my friend Charles (aka @HotelPRGuy) and decided that at the first occasion I would explore this new neighborhood. Luckily, I did not have to wait for too long. I spent some time in England in August and on a Sunday Charles kindly offered to guide me through the vibrant London East End. From the very first moment, I fell in love with the vibrant atmosphere of this awesome area East of Liverpool Street.

London East End

 

You might wonder what made the East End so fascinating to me.

Don't miss the blaze of colors at the Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday

I liked the small shops with old signs and a distinctive personality which I find so much nicer than the all-similar top brand boutiques. I enjoyed the street markets selling cool and very cheap original clothes and admired the blaze of colors at the Columbia Road Flower Market.

The best way to see the East End is as Charles and I did... Peacefully and aimlessly wandering along the narrow roads, snooping around in the little shops, stopping to listen to the street musicians, enjoying the cool atmosphere and the fascinating multicultural life buzzing around us.

At the end of such a lovely day, I wondered how I could have missed to spend time in the East End for so long. Well... It is never too late. And I'll soon be back, for further explorations. This article first appeared on Wild About Travel, head there for more travel inspiration.

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