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10 things to do in East London, including flower markets, historic pubs and swimming

Spitalfields Market
Spitalfields Market is thriving with contemporary fashion retailers and food stalls serving international cuisines Credit: TommL/TommL

More insider guides for planning a trip to East London

There are a lot of 'experiential' must-dos in East London, from visiting the flower market at Columbia Road to strolling along the Regent’s Canal, admiring the street art as you go and maybe stopping off at a historic pub or two. It's a slightly rougher, more creative side of the city – which of course adds to its charm – but you’ll find niche museums, historic houses, bustling markets (food, flower or flea) and an expansive green space in the form of Victoria Park. Sports enthusiasts can head further east for the sporting heroes of the Olympic Park.

Pick up some bargain blooms at a famous flower market

Columbia Road Flower Market stands out as one of the best and most vibrant flower markets in...

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