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A Walk Down Brick Lane

Photographer Kate Berry captures the melting pot that is one of London's most treasured markets

Published on September 2nd 2011.

A Walk Down Brick Lane

“A cliché it may be, but Brick Lane is truly a melting pot of cultures. Once the heartland of London’s Jewish community it is now famous for its strip of curry houses that run all the way up the Whitechapel end of the street. The influences in the area are apparent around every corner, making it a vibrant and diverse fusion of nationalities and between old and new East London.

Come here on a Sunday for the market and you’ll see Brick Lane at it’s busiest –and most atmospheric. In addition to the wide range of independent cafés, bars (BBQ all year round at 1001) galleries and clothing stores open everyday, people set up their stalls (or just lay out their wares on the road) to sell… well, pretty much everything. A mix of art, food, clothing, old cameras, electronics and bikes that are more than likely stolen (it’s rife with them), Brick Lane still makes me feel like I’m on holiday somehow. If you can bear to push through the street fashion snappers (and those trying their hardest to be snapped) and the throngs of tourists, you’ll be rewarded by one of London’s (now) most famous and unique experiences.” – Kate Berry, photographer

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Mark GarnerSeptember 2nd 2011.

Lovely pictures, brilliantly shot. well done Katy

LizzieOctober 1st 2011.

"vibrant and diverse" is an even bigger cliché - oops! you've used it!

Casey GillespieOctober 3rd 2011.


As you'll see, the quote above is from the photographer and is essentially her take on the look and feel of the market. This is to frame her photographs and give readers like you a chance to understand her point of view. Look at the pictures – Brick Lane IS both vibrant and diverse, as well as a melting pot of cultures (all clichés, but it doesn't make it any less true).

Perhaps a history lesson on Brick Lane will help you understand. Happy reading.

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