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We all love to travel and Wrong Weather is no exception. Often we wonder through London streets for inspiration on the latest trends and to get a fresh perspective on what's going on one of the world's hub for visual culture.
Start off with a landmark
One of the oldest London public art institutions, The Whitechapel Gallery, has pioneered and premiered the exhibitions by the world-class artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo as well as contemporaries - Sarah Lucas, Laure Prouvost, Thomas Ruff and many others. The special commissions created by the most interesting artists nowadays and displays from historic archives are free to enter. In the bookshop you can find a wide range of magazines and titles on modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and art theory. If you are fancy a snack or a mid-day coffee fix, there is a dining room, The Refectory, serving an eclectic menu of the seasonal dishes and deserts with the focus on sustainability.
Set foot on remarkable places
To fully unlock the contrasts of the East London, step into Brick Lane stroll up in the direction of Bethnal Green Road. Originally the humble city outskirts bordered by brick-firing workshops and then Bengali community's hub, and it is now the iconic neighbourhood where the ever-evolving street art and vintage market scene keeps on booming. Nested among the curry houses, there's an expertly curated library of craft beers, Kill the Cat, where you can savour some distinctive sorts on tap and to take away, and any music aficionados' dream, Rough Trade East - the record store urging you to discover the latest music releases and rarities, where you can also catch a free gig, signing or Q&A'. Situated in the same complex of old brewing houses dating back to the 17th century, are the Backyard Market for arts & crafts, young designers and artists, and House of Vegan - the food court celebrating the best of the plant-based UK street food. To get the most out of the area and to soak in its quirky vibe, go there on weekend.
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The gallery district
@Maureen Paley Gallery
Leaving the buzzy milieu of Brick Lane behind, take a stroll down Cheshire Road towards Bethnal Green Garden. Here, away from the well-beaten touristic paths, neighbouring the railway arches, you can find a cluster of art galleries. Among them, Maureen Paley gallery which was one of the first to show contemporary art in London's East End, and currently its roster of artists include Turner prize winners Wolfgang Tillmans and Gillian Wearing. Opposite, occupying a former industrial unit, is Herald Street Gallery - a space to see the most original contemporary installation, painting, sculpture, mixed-media and moving image artworks. The gallery has played a crucial role in the international art scene since it opened in 2005, and most recently, Pablo Bronstein and Alexandra Bircken from the list of the represented artists were selected for the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
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Not far from the galleries, tucked away in an arch down Garden Gales alley, you can find urban winery and bar, Renegade. Using premium grapes from around the UK and Europe, the winery is known for producing small-batch artisanal wines, such as English Sparkling wine made of two red grape varieties from Suffolk, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, or 100% wild-fermented Bordeaux-alike red blending Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from coastal central Albania.
Try gastronomic delicacies
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After, head up north-east in the direction of Hoxton via Bethnal Green and Columbia Roads. The exposed brick-walls of railway arches are truly the signature feature of London, and yet another worth-a-stop spot is occupied by Fabrique Bakery, famous for its cinnamon and cardomom buns, scandinavian breads and excellent-tasting coffee. Unwind here before returning in the bustling downtown Shoreditch. On the way up Kingsland Road, you'll come across Flowers Gallery. Alongside with Maureen Paley Gallery, it was one of the first to venture in London's East End in the 1980s and to open its branch there in a former laundry/fur storage facility. As well as representing sculpture and painting artists, the gallery has a strong focus on showing contemporary fine art photography from the practitioners such as Mona Kuhn, Nadav Kander and Edward Burtynsky.
@Her Ground: Women Photographing Landscape on Flowers Gallery
Unique local shops
Now that you've fully nurtured your cultural side, it's time for shopping. Turn left to Arnold Circus and go down to Club Row where your find designer boutique Browns East, located in a former print factory. The shop is based on the augmented retail concept and features the environment which is divided into the series of installations and can easily be transformed. Or check Le Labo, dubbed a haute couture of the fragrance industry, for handmade niche perfumes featuring the highest quality raw ingredients. Also, around the corner on Chance Street you will find Blue Mountain School by the founders of cult Shoreditch store Hostem. Spread across six floors, this multidisciplinary environment offers fashion, dining, music, design and art all under one roof.
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The best culinary experiences
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To enjoy some of the most exquisite Modern British food in the relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere, consider Michelin-starred The Clove Club and Lyle's. Both of them serve tasting menu for dinner and offer outstanding wines to pair. Basque-inspired grill restaurant Brat. If you want to indulge in rich and satisfying Asian flavours, stop by Nanashi on Rivington Street. This cosy Japanese eatery offers an impeccably fresh and delicious cuisine and innovative cocktails in an unfussy setting. For those, who are looking for something totally different, there is No Idea, a brand new tasting menu restaurant on Curtain Road. The menu blurs the lines between sweet and savoury with the aim to awaken the senses, evoke emotions and create conversations through the dishes subtly described as Pear & Chestnut, Parsnip & Long Pepper and Rhubarb & Mascarpone. Reservations are recommended for all the restaurants.
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For the after-dinner hours we invite you on a cocktail trail. London is well-known for being a home to the numerous secret bars and hidden hangout spots, and one of those is Found hidden beneath Casita on Ravey Street. The ambiance here is low-lit and relaxing ambience, and the cocktail list is small, yet efined and intriguing. Try Heaven & Hell, a zingy mixture of framboise, lime, cachaca, and jalapeno agave or Corpse Maker - a concoction of wray rum, chartreuse liqueur, triple sec, falernum liqueur and lemon.
Another unmissable stop is The Cocktail Trading Company on Bethnal Green Road. has 400 different spirits behind the bar. Weeper's Joy (recommended for when you have an issue) fusing gin and Martini Ambrato with Grapefruit-Lavender Sherbet and presented a tissue box floral, or faunal and trippy Blue Moon literally served in hot air balloon.
You might want return to the Petticoat Lane area in Aldgate for Discount Suit Company. Formerly a tailor's shop, turned a clandestine mixology bar, this underground speakeasy is serving some of the finest cocktails in the East London. Make sure to taste Wooly Back made with Pisco, White Port, Coconut, Jasmine and Citrus, or mezcal and honey based Pina Fumada.
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What happens in night time
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If cocktail bar hopping is not your thing, or if you want to carry on with the cultural exploits, dive into the live music scene. One of the most celebrated venues in Shoreditch, The Village Underground, housed in a revamped warehouse, which is easily discernible by two tube carriages. In this setting, featuring vaulted bricked arches, Victorian features and authentic aspect, you can see some of the cutting-edge indie, electronic, experimental and hip-hop artists.
Alternatively, consider an arthouse cinema night at Close-Up - the most comprehensive independent film resource in London which re-establishes the essence of the unique experience in an intimate setting, being the antipode to movie multiplexes. Hosting both retrospectives by the most renowned directors such as Tarkovsky, Fassbinder and Lynch, and regularly presenting the themed programmes by lesser known directors, it focuses on the cross over between the arts and film culture since its establishment in 2005. The Film Centre also has an immense gem of the Mediateque - there are over 20,000 titles to browse through and rent to watch at home.
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Breakfast and morning walks
After an intense day of exploration and hopping in Shoreditch, we recommend to start afresh and invigorate yourself with a good meal. Dishroom hits the spot perfectly, offering delicious and hearty breakfasts and brunches. Ask for a table on the verandah, where the one can sprawl in the soft armchair, luxuriating in mellow, natural light, imaging themselves transported to Bombay.
Yet if you're up for a more boisterous beginning of the day, look no further than Old Spitalfields Market. The Kitchens there can offer an energising brunch, a quick snack-to-go, or anything in between and more, being among the most exciting destinations for the ultimate food experience right at the heart of E1. The assortment is vibrant, representing the handpicked flavours from around the world, all in one place: ranging from carefully crafted traditional Japanese chirashi bowls and China's most popular street food, jian bing, by Pleasant Lady, to Hawaiian poke, steamed buns and Ethiopian veggie plates. As for the beverages, there are Taiwanese fruit teas, cold-pressed juices and Trinidadian Rum cocktails, to name a few. Don't forget to take a look at the Traders Market - an adjacent array of independent stall holders selling hand-crafted pieces, antiques, jewellery and more. Or, make your way up Commercial street to Boxpark - a pop-up mall constructed using stripped, and refitted shipping containers, filled with a mix of 40 fashion and lifestyle brands, galleries, cafes and restaurants, where you can grab a few souvenirs.
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