Markets, The Adventure, Travel

Marvellous Markets of London

After a big day at Portobello Road Markets, we decided to go all out the next day and visit the Old Spitalfields Market followed by Brick Lane in Shoreditch and the Art of Brick Lego Exhibition.

Sunday is usually the busiest market day in London. We left our apartment early and grabbed some coffee at a cute cafe near the Tube station before walking up to the Old Spitalfields Market in East London.

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The kids were amused by all the quirky stall holders and music performers. Food trucks parked inside offered an array of amazing cuisine and the aromas filled the open air space with such force. We purchased some handdrawn illustrations by a local designer and chatted to him about his work. The artworks, vintage clothing, jewellery and homewares were all so beautiful, I could have bought an entire suitcase full of trinkets.

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After walking the aisles for a few hours, our stomachs rumbled and we headed into Gourmet Burger Kitchen inside the market square and enjoyed the good ole hamburger and fries for an early lunch.

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We finally made our way over to Brick Lane for an early afternoon tour through the Art of Brick Lego exhibition. Ted was beside himself as every corner we turned, a new sculpture blew him away. His favourite was the enormous green dinosaur. At the end of the exhibition, there was a free play area for everyone to build their own lego creations. Ted and Harriet sat in the duplo pit for nearly 30 minutes entertaining themselves.

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We sterilised our hands and departed the busy exhibition. Hand in hand, we strolled along Brick Lane with thousands of other people. There was an after party of some sort just off the lane which Ted thought was hilarious and began to dance and jump around to the techno. Abi seemed more embarrassed and hid behind Marlee. Harriet managed to sleep through it all somehow! More walking and gazing at the international food area before we finally decided to head home via the coffee shop for some late afternoon snacks. We were all so exhausted by the end of the day that we ordered in and fell into a heap before too long.

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With only 2 full days left in London, we powered on by filling our days and nights with as much as we could.

Next stop, the Aquarium and Tate Modern.

Until then,

xo

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