A Guide to the Perfect Sunday: Brick LaneBy Claudine Levy
Sunday can often feel like the bluest day of the week. But, no more…Here’s how to put the Sun back in (even if it’s raining) to Sunday:
This one does what it says on the tin. It’s like the push-up bra for Sundays. Feeling slightly saggy? Go. Even if it’s cloudy and grey. Pick up an obscure japanese omelette, or Okonomiyaki, which is so stunningly savoury it’s basically just mouth sex masquerading as food. Or grab a Colombian arepa – a pudgey maize bready thing stuffed with moist pulled pork, plantain, avocado and melted cheese, and we guarantee your day will be bright, no matter what the forecast might say.
Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Once you’re done with lunch, you’ll need to recuperate. With cake. Pop into Kahaila, which is just moments away from the market. It has a gorgeous community vibe and an equally gorgeous playlist which includes frequent plays of the theme song from Matilda and ‘My Love Is Your Love’ (need we say more). Go for a slice of Red Velvet or Lemon and Poppy Seed cake – the latter moister than a Summer’s day in London. It’s the kind of place where pansies are propped up in milk bottles and a gentle chatter fills the air, reminding you that, sometimes, cafes can feel like the most life-affirming places on earth.
Where: 135 Brick Ln, London, Tower Hamlets E1 6SB
For a Late Night Snack: Beigel Bake
Ok this may seem excessive. But this is a crucial stage of the day. A few doors down from Kahaila is Beigel Bake, an east-end institution which is open all night and churns out delicious, chewy bagels for a steal. Get a classic smoked salmon and cream cheese beigel for under 2 quid, ask them to wrap it up in a brown paper bag to eat for dinner later, and then…
Where: 159 Brick Ln, London E1 6SB
… Go out with a bang. Stay here for the night.
Where: 12 Folgate St, London E1 6BX