At you like a ton of bricks


Spooky and eerie

Brick Lane. Nothing says London better. Take a wonderful sunny day and then you’ve nailed it. Dive in because tomorrow is another day, as they say, and then it could all be so very different cos I remember the days of burnt-out buildings and tatty collectables laid out on blankets asking for best price.


An organic plastic masterpiece


… followed by a metallic lotus flower


Tiled in fantasy gold and brown

Spitalfields market is a bit commercial these days though it is still the best in London. Installation artwork challenges: it’s not always frivolous make-believe but a real attempt to engage. And somewhere caged in glass are the remains of a twelfth century crypt just to remind you that this is one of the oldest parts of London.


The haunt of Jack the Ripper

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Who wouldn’t want one of those silk weavers houses in Spitalfields? Tour guides lead their ducklings around the back streets and we hear pips of history. A film crew has set up shop and – of course! – the actors are dressed in eighteenth century garb.


Spot the crumbling vistas before they disappear


A spectacular conversion


A bit of Spain


Gorgeous iron

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In the heat haze of a lazy Sunday, Brick lane can sometimes feel like a souk. It suffocates – but sure does deliver. No other place in London is like Brick lane. It serves itself up on a platter and we gorge on it. Everyone does. Pilgrims are made from this.


A hipster walks by.


And those socks!


Arnold circus


A red chook in a window signals the end of our trek. Arnold Circus, that wonderful almost Germanic-style council housing from the turn of the twentieth century, has found favour. Transformation is almost complete.



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