London, aptly the capital city of England, offers for endless places to visit and sights to see for the young and the old alike. Be it a romantic getaway or a family trip, a short weekend break or a vacation, London will never run out of destinations. And unless you are the all work and no play type, or if you are not busy planning for your trip online, you will hardly find yourself using the complimentary internet provided at your hotel or changing channels on that idiot box. The streets of London, the parks, the nature trails, the ancient architectural marvels will beckon you to explore. East London is no different.
First stop is the Columbia Road Flower Market. The Columbia Street itself is a host to 1860s shops and buildings. The flower market simply adds to the vintage value. You will simply enjoy a stroll down the street and be delighted to explore the flower market in the close company of street musicians and local vendors greeting you with tea and cakes. The market timings are from 8am to 2pm on Sundays.
Next is the Geffrye Museum. It showcases the interiors preferred by the English urban middle classes from the 1600s to the 1990s. Children will be enthralled to take an informative walk through these 18th century creeper clad alms houses. It remains closed on Mondays.
You will find something equally educational and charming at the museum of London Docklands. It sits alongside a series of restaurants on the waterfront along the West India Quay. The Canary wharf is nearby, eagerly waiting to satiate your shopping spree. The museum emphasises on the life along the river of Thames. It has no entry charges and is open from Monday to Sunday, 10am-6pm each day.
Sutton House is another tourist attraction in the East, open to tourists only on Thursdays and Fridays from 10pm to 5pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.
The Whitechapel Art Gallery hosted its very first exhibition far back in 1901. It now facilitates nine galleries showcasing high quality artwork, and also a restaurant for quality dining. Here, to avoid confusion, one must take the nearest Aldgate East underground station instead of the Whitechapel. It also remains closed to visitors on Mondays.
For something a bit more nature oriented, pay a visit to the Lee Valley Regional Park. It is a picturesque riverside park stretching from the Ware to the Thames. It comprises of ecology parks and bird reserves and has Trinity Buoy Wharf at its southernmost tip. The Three Mills Island attracts tourists for a glimpse of the largest tidal mill that exists from 1776.
Some other places of interest might be Wilton’s Music Hall and Museum of Childhood.