Tuesday 6th February – fifth meeting of 2018
Today we were true to our title of Walking Group as we went on a walk around Brick Lane in East London to view the paintings dotted around the area. Brick Lane is famous for its many curry houses and its fabulous street art.
We met at Charing Cross and again with some train delays it was a little later than planned. Tuesday seems to be a bad day on the trains! We then walked to Embankment and got District line to Aldgate East. Here it is a short walk to Brick Lane. We passed Whitechapel Art Gallery and we went for a drink as it was very cold. A lovely cafe here and we sat warmed up and had a drink. Here tea cost £2.50p but was very nice and came in an individual tea pot which gave two cups of tea – so good value.
From here we walked to Brick Lane and as it was so cold we all had some type of head-gear on, be it hood or hat and scarves and gloves were worn. The street art is dotted around the area not only in Brick Lane itself but on many of the side streets. They are of all subjects. Abstract, modern, classic, cartoon all very brightly coloured and range in size from small door paintings to complete wall being covered.
The smell of curry even at 11 o’clock in the morning certainly was strong and cafes and restaurants from all of Asia could be seen. A very busy area with people hurrying about their busy. We passed Christ Church Primary School, a Church of England school which is steeped in history with links to a range of cultural traditions. Brick Lane is in the heart of a truly diverse and vibrant community.
The art work was wonderful to look and we stopped a while to watch an artist who was creating a large painting on a wall of a sumo wrestler. Fascinating to watch as it is all done with spray paint cans of wonderful colours.
After our fascinating walk we went back to the station and trains home. A very different day for us but good to be walking in the sunshine albeit cold!!