London has become bloody cold these past few days. Rather than hibernating (a tempting option) we wrapped up and headed east this weekend—primarily to visit the Renegade Craft Fair but with a good old wander in mind too.
We got off the 141 bus in Hoxton and meandered to Shoreditch; I actually enjoy visiting this part of London infrequently, to see what’s changed. Because something always has.
There’re consistently plenty of new cafés and lots of fresh street art—and usually a work-in-progress, as on this occasion. This time my favourite piece was the mural at the top of this post which is by David Shillinglaw (you’ll find his bold, colourful work all over London).
After the craft fair we wound our way through Spitalfields, coming across an incredible series of streets that look like a real-life Georgian film set. If you’re ever in the Brick Lane/Spitalfields area, I highly recommend you ramble down Fournier Street, Wilkes Street, Princelet Street and Puma Court. (And actually, they’re worthy of their own excursion if you can.)
Surprisingly, property in this area does come up for sale—yes I checked.
Maybe I’ve lived in London too long but I consider circa £2.5million a bargain for a Grade II listed piece of history: the silk for Queen Victoria’s coronation gown was woven at 14 Fournier Street (formerly Church St.), the Jewish Chronicle (the oldest Jewish English language weekly in the world) was created round here, and the Ten Bells pub is closely linked to Jack the Ripper.
A truly fascinating area and one we’ll be revisiting.
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