Emerging and established designers showcase Eastern fashion and jewellery, with a cutting-edge take on tradition that is making its mark on mainstream catwalks.
You're not likely to find any chicken tikka masala here; this is the real deal. In simple but gleaming cafés, East Londoners from all ethnic backgrounds eat their fill of fresh curry, for the cost of a sandwich and a cappuccino in the West End. Green Street and Queens Market are paradise for Real Food aficionados. Speciality goods sell at prices that shame the mainstream supermarkets, and without all the packaging. You may not recognise some of the produce, but there will certainly be an ‘Aunty' nearby ready to give you detailed instructions. And if you love catering for crowds, this is the place to buy an outsize cooking pot.
Alongside the cosmopolitan buzz of Green Street, there remain some significant landmarks of English tradition. Upton Park is home to the mighty Hammers; West Ham United Football Club. Follow the fans in claret and blue to the ground, on the way sampling some pie and mash, or another East End staple, jellied eels. You can sup a pint of bitter in the club bar, and peruse the soccer memorabilia, before making a pilgrimage further down Green Street to the Champions Statue. This memorial to England's 1966 World Cup triumph depicts the legendary Bobby Moore, along with fellow West Ham players Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters, as well as Ray Wilson from Everton. Green Street is a dazzling montage of the sights and colours of Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, framed
by the history of London's East End.
You can spend a little or a lot sampling the fabrics, fashions, jewellery and food, or simply absorb the unforgettable atmosphere. Whatever you do, a trip here will not fail to gladden your heart.