Thanks for visiting.
I've been up in London exploring again, this time in the East End which is a bit of a trek across the City. For my Five on Friday with FAST this week, I'm sharing some of the buildings I found on the way.
One - Whitechapel Road
Leaving the tube at Aldgate East, you are practically outside the Whitechapel Gallery decorated with Rachel Whiteread's golden leaves.
Walking along Whitechapel Road, the huge London Muslim Centre with its colourful tiles is on your right. I realised at this point I'd gone the wrong way again, I was looking for Brick Lane which would take me all the way to Shoreditch, many of the roads along the way were covered in colourful street art which I'll show you in another post.
As well as being famous for the notorious Jack the Ripper murders, this area has been home to many different ethnic communities throughout the centuries and nowadays Brick Lane is in the heart of the Bangladeshi community. However it is also a draw to many artists and lots of markets, festivals, galleries, vintage clothes shops and restaurants can be found. It's a real mixture.
Two - Old Truman Brewery
The Old Truman Brewery, formerly the Black Eagle Brewery which in 1748 was the third largest brewery in London, is a 10 acre site turned into business, retail and leisure opportunities as well as an event space. The industrial buildings are enormous and loom high, covered by metal pipes in vast open areas.
Taking a detour down Hanbury Street, where there was a considerable amount of street art, this building came into view. You couldn't miss the orange acrylic tunnel which was obviously a café. The door was a fantastic shape and just look at those pineapple planters in the windows above. What was this building used for?
This converted carpet factory, designed by Architects SelgasCano, is the home of Second Home, offices for small companies who can meet, collaborate and share event space. The different sized offices are spread over two floors and their walls are made of clear acrylic so that there is a great deal of transparency and light across the whole floor. Have a look at their website to see the opportunities for those that work there.
Four - Dark Sugars
Next up is this chocolate shop, Dark Sugars. Look at the presentation, and the delicious aroma drifting on to the pavement . . .
Five - Boxpark
Once under the railway, Brick Lane arrives at Shoreditch High Street, still loads of street art everywhere but right by the tube were all these deckchairs, part of the Boxpark installation, a series of extensive, shipping containers fixed together to provide pop- restaurants, shops and bars on two levels.
When you think of London, you generally have the Thames and famous landmarks in mind but this is another exciting, offbeat, multicultural area with plenty to investigate.
Thanks Tricky and Carly for hosting, have a great weekend.