London history has always fascinated me. The fact that some areas were famous for certain things, all of the secret stations underground, there's so much out there to discover. Don't even get me started on old maps and trying to work out what my local hood may have looked like. One thing that combines learning about certain areas with one of my favourite pastimes is The Urban Carnivore Walk Eat Talk Eat tour. Lucy and I got to try it out a few weeks ago and although I missed the first stop (too much fun going down in Brighton) I still felt pleasantly full from the other places we stopped off at. Starting off at Albion we were taken on a whistlestop tour of all things East with the perfect meaty treats to match.
Pastries & Chilli Cheese Dogs
Tour guide Charli took us to the kinds of places that I always see looking bustling on my lonesome but never think to visit with a mate. Hopefully that'll change now! We got to try a sweet potato and mince pastry before learning why Arnold Circus is arranged in that particular fashion (it was actually the first community housing project). I've shot outfit posts here a few times but just over 100 years ago this used to be the slums and the area actually changed the face of housing in the UK. As we meandered through the graffiti-strewn streets, I built up a picture of why Shoreditch is the way it is and felt really happy to be living in such a diverse and vibrant city. The chilli cheese hot dogs were a bonus, why have I never tried them before?!
Pulled Pork & Chocolate Treats
Spitalfields is another one of those areas rich in history. One of my favourite streets is actually quite a recent discovery (I somehow stumbled across it trying to get to Liverpool Street) and actually used to be home to the some of the silk weavers that Queen Victoria used to use. Now Wilkes Street boasts a pretty preserved row of Victorian houses and you'll often see a film crew shooting for that authentic period look. We passed through here after some much needed pulled pork by the Truman Brewery, an area that is often overlooked because of the numerous street-food setups going on. Our final stop was somewhere a little sweeter, an Indian deli on Brick Lane where we got to try an assortment of traditional Barfi. I couldn't resist buying some more savoury stuff though, it's always tricky to know where's best on this famous street so I'll definitely be back if I'm ever craving a samosa.