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Secret East London

TimeOut Secret East LondonI cheered when I heard about this week’s TimeOut magazine – the secrets of East London revealed! The gems and special places of this once neglected, reviled area of London would be celebrated by all. Colm pointed out that Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, which I wrote about in an earlier post, was mentioned. I cheered again (my finger being on the pulse).

I smiled to myself as I read about places that I had visited before and was delight by many that I hadn’t heard of before. To tempt your senses, here are my highlights and recommendations, but do pick up a copy for yourself for all the nitty gritty details.

Spend your time

Trinity Buoy Wharf – closest DLR station is East India and then its a bit of a walk, heading east. Home to Container City. Do stop at Fatboy’s Diner (was featured in the film, Sliding Doors) for a bite to eat or a milkshake and take in the view of the former Millenium Dome (now O2 Centre).

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park – as mentioned in my earlier post.

Lee Valley Park – a long sliver of waterways, parkland, and reservoirs stretching from Bow in the south to Ware and Stansted to the north.

Spend your money

40 Winks Hotel – a unique place to stay, with 2 beautifully decorated and designed bedrooms.

Present – Shoreditch High Street is experiencing a renaissance and I noticed this new men’s clothing boutique yesterday. Kingsland Road to the north and Great Eastern Street to the south are also evolving – worthy of a future post!

Milk – another new occupier on Shoreditch High Street.

Whet your appetite

Hidden in the footer banner on page 18, TimeOut mentions Pizza East’s opening on 16 October on the ground floor of the TEA Building where T Bar used to be and The Book Club on Leonard Street where Home Bar used to be. I will pay a visit to these places myself and provide a more detailed review in a future post!