Bus Route 149: Shoreditch to Dalston
Fashion to flowers: Starting at London Bridge bus station, the 149 crosses the river and just keeps on heading north. The route forges through the heart of the City - past Monument, Leadenhall Market and Liverpool Street - and on to the trendy shops of Shoreditch High Street
Stop off for Columbia Road Flower Market, then head ever northwards to Kingsland Road, Dalston and Stoke Newington, and finally through Tottenham to Edmonton Green.
Shoreditch High Street is being livened up with a clutch of new shops and bars. One of the newest shops is Squint (7739 9275), with colourful original designer upholstery and accessories. On the east side of the street, Calvert Avenue leads to Arnold Circus, a garden with a bandstand at the centre of the Grade II-listed Boundary Estate. No longer a locals’ secret, Modern British restaurant Rochelle Canteen (7729 5677) is here, in a former school with gardens inside.
Just north of Calvert Avenue, take the main road that turns into Hackney Road and you’ll find Columbia Road. The Flower Market is heaving every Sunday, when nearby shops and cafés do a one-in-one-out trade. Pizza spot The Globe (109 Columbia Rd, E2 7RL, 7613 1141) is open daily, Treacle at number 112 (Sun only) is a cake shop that also sells kitchenware, and lovely little Jones Dairy (23 Ezra St, E2 7RH, 7739 5372, open Fri-Sun) has drinks, food and seats outside.
Columbia Road Flower Market
The bus now goes up Shoreditch High Street; get off at Hackney Road for beer and table football at Bar Kick at number 127 (7739 8700), or drink cocktails out of teacups Prohibition-style at The Last Days Of Decadence at number 145 (7729 2896). Kingsland Road follows, with some great Vietnamese restaurants (we rate Song Que, 134 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DY, 7613 3222) and the excellent Geffrye Museum (7739 9893), which recreates period home interiors. Foodie supermarket and café The Grocery (7729 6855) is at number 52.
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