F. Cooke: Pie & Mash

Over the weekend, I read about The Gentle Author’s journey through some of East London’s traditional Pie & Mash shops in my copy of Spitalfields Life. (You can read about it on the blog as well – part 1 and part 2.)

And so I was pleased to see the recent contributions to the Flickr Pool by Philipp Ammon – some lovely black and white images from his recent visit to F. Cooke in Broadway Market. Enjoy!

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Love the little black kitty!

Thanks Phillip!

Have you ever been to F. Cooke? Yummy?

Spitalfields Life

If I have a quiet Sunday stretching ahead of me, one of my favourite ways to while away the hours is a visit to Spitalfields (which, in my own humble opinion, is – yes, I will commit to it – the most fascinating area of London) – for the rich and diverse history (from huguenot silk weavers to Jack the Ripper), the beautiful old Georgian architecture juxtaposed against the gentrified skyline of modern office blocks, the bustling Sunday markets that attract a mix of hipsters, hippies, photographers, artists, rastas, musicians and local Bangladeshis, the changing canvas walls born out of the colourful culture of street art, scents of food from around the world and just the general madness of it all.

And if I have a quiet rainy Sunday stretching ahead of me as the coming one may be, one of my favourite ways to while away the hours is a visit to Spitalfields Life, a blog that I think is so fantastically researched and lovingly tended to by The Gentle Author who always manages to get the insider’s take, it most certainly deserved to be turned into a book. And it has been. I saw a copy in a shop window on my walk through Columbia Road Flower Market on Sunday. I was carrying a big jasmine plant and some hyacinths so I decided to order it online when I got home. And my copy arrived yesterday at the office which I am very excited to stick my nose in for hours on end. I can see it now, curled up with a lovely hot cup of tea, turning open the first page. Ah, bliss.

Have any of you read it yet? Plans to?

Spitalfields Life

Spitalfields is, without a doubt, one of my favourite parts of London. It’s a microcosm of cultural diversity, creative brilliance and strong community with a touch of down and dirty street life that casts an artistic, inspiring edginess on the area. It’s steeped in history of immigrants, trading life and religion that still lingers in a lot of the 18th century buildings dotted around the market. It’s vibrant. It’s fashionable. It’s home to Gilbert & George, Tracey Emin and Jeanette Winterson and the place where all of Jack the Ripper’s victims lived.

I was delighted to discover a blog called Spitalfields Life this week written by “the gentle author”. The author has made it a mission to write 10,000 posts on Spitalfields life, which is estimated to take approximately 27 years and four months. It’s a blog that digs deeply into the heart of the area, interviewing residents, artists, shop owners, probing for history, for answers, photographing the unknown areas and researching in every post. It is well worth following. 

Here are a few of my Spitalfields photos from last weekend:


Eleven and a Half, Fournier Street


Brick Lane


Elbow-Toe is based in NYC.


Mannequin?


A different sort of street art…


Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses.

If you have any photos of Spitalfields to share, add them to the Flickr group!