Dray Walk is the cobbled dog-leg that branches off Brick Lane, just south of the railway bridge.

It’s where the party spills out of the bars and cafés and on to the pavement.
Cafe 1001 is where most of the action happens, and seems to have a barbecue every day of the year.

If you get there on a fine day, the tables outside will be absolutely rammed.
But that’s fine as there are rewards for wandering further up the road.

Be sure to check out Rough Trade, which is a record store/café that has carved out a real niche in the trendy East End.

And at the far end, there’s the Big Chill Bar, which
serves incredible halloumi skewers and a tasty range
of cocktails.

Once you’re done at the markets, Dray Walk is a great place for a few looseners before an eye-watering curry.

» Off Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Aldgate East

GREAT FOR: Sunday sessions

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Words: Tom Sturrock