East end eats in London. Cockney tucker and high class grub.

East End eats

Brittany of The Sweet Wanderlust got my attention when she began talking about a food tour. Then again, she always gets my attention; her whole delicious blog is about food and travel!

She describes a food tour of London’s East End, and I have some experience there. I once had dinner with BookCrossing friends at St Johns “Nose to Tail” restaurant. It was a fun night, with some very interesting food. “You want to live to a ripe old age,” my doctor wife advised, “don’t try that dish.”

In 2005, during my Monopoly tour of London, I used Tim Moore’s “Do Not Pass Go” as my guide, and after reading his hilarious encounter with Tubby Isaacs and jellied eels, I sought out the food van and ordered some for myself. Let it be known that in the thirteen years since that moment, I have never felt the urge to eat that particular delicacy again.

England swings

England swings

Marchela at Global Eyes is 26 and smiles a lot, and she gives us London through her eyes. Here’s her take on the Carnaby Street precinct, the very definition of Swinging London, back in the days when the Apple Boutique didn’t sell electronics.

Colourful, casual, and full of character, this area presents, as Marchela smilingly points out, an alternative to the more staid shopping in nearby Oxford and Regent Streets.