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Brick Lane Market, London

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Brick Lane Market is a London market centred on Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets in east London. It is located at the northern end of Brick Lane and along Cheshire Street, in the heart of east London's Bangladeshi community. It operates every Sunday from around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Almost anything can be found on Brick Lane, from antique books to eight-track cartridge decks (for many years it hosted a stall selling nothing but rusty cog wheels). There is a possibility of such strange discoveries and it has always been popular with and much photographed by art students. Bargain hunters from across London also value it greatly.
Early historyThe Truman Markets originally developed in the 17th century as a lone farmers' market that was held on Sundays due to religious observances by the area's then-prolific Jewish community. During the 20th century, the Brick Lane area experienced an influx of Bangladeshi immigrants who transformed the marketplace. Even today, Brick Lane is very famous for its curry houses.
Recent historySince 2000, several specific markets have opened within the premises of the Old Truman Brewery. Once one of London’s largest breweries, the Old Truman Brewery is now home to roughly 250 businesses, shops, and eateries.
Brick Lane Market has been notorious as a place where stolen bicycles were traded. However, following a crackdown by London's Metropolitan Police Service in September 2010, the problem of stealing and selling bikes decreased significantly. The Metropolitan Police Service developed a Cycle Task Force in June 2010 and by February 2011, they had administered protective security marks to over 10,000 bikes and made over 100 bike-theft-related arrests.
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  • cute little shops and food places, nice graffiti all around, a few galleries and in general a great happy atmosphere.  more »
  • The area is becoming more and more gentrified and a tourist trap. Very hard to find bargains as in years gone by. There are loads of pop up food stalls now. Best value for money are the indoor food...  more »
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  • Had an amazing experience with my daughters and partner. My youngest daughter loves photography & street art which you'll appreciate when you visit. Definitely one to tick off if you haven't and if your not into art! there's an array of independent small business selling all types of goods from jewellery to organic handcrafted items & more!
  • Brick Lane Sunday Market is the best market to visit while in London in my opinion. There must have been around 30 different food vendors from all over the world, what a treat to have them all on your doorstep in central London. Tasted, smelt ,and looked delicious. Not as large as Camden market but still a fun place to spend a morning or early afternoon. All in all its 10/10 from me.

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