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The Old Truman Brewery Complex, Brick Lane.

truman brewery complex (1)The Old Truman Brewery complex covers 10+ acres on both sides of Brick Lane.  The area and this complex have been regenerating over the last 15 years making it a destination in its own right today.  With a blend of retail, leisure and events spaces, along with a wonderful collection of street art from some of the world’s best known artists, the Old Truman Brewery site is worth a visit.



History:  There was a brewhouse here as early as 1666, but in 1724 the Black Eagle Brewery was built – becoming the largest in London and the 2nd biggest in Britain.  By the early 19th Century this brewery was producing over 200,000 barrels of Porter a year.  By the end of the 19th Century, most production was shifting to Burton-upon-Trent for the water supply and quality.  But this London brewery kept going – though in decline.  Finally in 1988 it closed.  Its name today recognizes the family that started and built it in its early years.

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Events:  There are numerous events, openings and gallery exhibitions happening here – and they change all the time.  So for an up to date list be certain to check their website.  For example, at the time of writing, StolenSpace Gallery is exhibiting art by D*Face while ‘Free Range 2013’ – Europe’s largest graduate art and design show – is occurring throughout the complex.

upmarket food stall

Sunday (Up)Market:  Open Sundays from 10am onwards, this indoor market has over 140 stalls selling fashion, accessories, crafts, decorative items, music and food.  This market aims to be a platform for designer-makers to sell direct to their customers. The food area is very multi-cultural – with everything from Ethiopian coffee to Sushi to Moroccan food.

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Street Art:  While Brick Lane is known for its street art, trips into side streets and parking lots reward the explorer.  Art by Shepard Fairey and D*Face, among many others, is easy to find.

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Shopping & Other Activities:  There are numerous bars, clubs and restaurants – something for everyone.  Whether you are looking to dance til 1 am, or just eat out – you’ll find the choice here.  There is also a bowling alley here – All Star Lanes.  Shopping outlets tend to focus mostly on fashion and art.  Most shops and galleries are open from 11-7 daily (6 on Sunday), though a few open earlier, and a few are closed on Monday.

Located at:  91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Closest Tube:  Aldage East (or Shoreditch High Street / Overground)

13 comments on “The Old Truman Brewery Complex, Brick Lane.

  1. got light?
    June 8, 2013

    Love this area and the industrial feel to it – if you look carefully in north/east London, you will still find many pubs which still have “truman brewery” signs on their front or even sculpture of the black eagle. And the brewery is back, re-created by a couple of beer enthusiasts! –

      June 9, 2013

      Thanks for the comment – and for putting up the link to Trumans Beer. All the best, Ian

  2. inspiringcity
    June 9, 2013

    This is a great place to go and your right it’s become a destination in its own right, it’s becoming a very cool place to be

      June 9, 2013

      thanks again for the comment… and for reading my blog. I appreciate it. Ian

  3. The Screen Siren
    June 9, 2013

    This looks like such a great place to spend a leisurely day!

      June 9, 2013

      Thanks for the comment – its well worth exploring if you haven’t been over here. Sunday’s perhaps the best day.

  4. Jade
    June 10, 2013

    I used to work at an art gallery here when I was an undergrad – a great space, and so many wonderful pubs and vintage shops nearby! Jx

      June 10, 2013

      Would imagine the area to have a great vibe to work in daily. Thanks for your comment & for reading the blog, I appreciate it, Ian

  5. rigmover
    June 11, 2013

    Oh Brick lane, the Friday nights ive spent down there. Great post.

  6. 2Spools
    June 11, 2013

    This is turning out to be a fine body of work. Packed with information, friendly, and an enjoyable read.

  7. Paula
    June 29, 2013

    who did the pink Porsche in the plastic case?

      June 29, 2013

      I believe you are referring to the Triumph GT6 – it was painted pink by Banksy and I can’t recall if his skeleton head is still in the driver’s window or not.

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