Make time for this part of East London the next time you head to London
By Mavis Teo
According to a recent Skyscanner report, London tops Singaporeans’ searches for European cities when it comes to holiday planning. This is not surprising given that the Mastercard’s Global Destination Index also lists London as the second most visited city in the world after Bangkok. Ask any Singaporean who loves London to reel off his usual hangouts, and he’s most likely to mention places in Central London like Borough market or Harrods and Covent Garden in West London, home to foodie havens of fresh produce and cooked food and high-end shopping and artisanal crafts. The east end of London is less visited, though it offers no less attractions, especially in Shoreditch where unbridled creativity with a heavy dose of cool and originality can be found in cutting-edge bars, ethnic restaurants and avant garde art galleries.
Photo: Visit Britain
Boxpark is a shopping mall completely made out of shipping containers. The dark grey structure has a rather understated aesthetic – the objective is to let the displays and wares of its tenants (particularly on the ground floor) – both international and local brands – do the talking. It can get rather steamy on a summer day when crowds throng the shops. Head upstairs for street food and a craft beer if you need a breather.