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Bethnal Green: the trendy hot-spot


It’s been over five months since we moved to Bethnal Green and we have developed a true affection for the area. This lively and diverse neighbourhood is becoming increasingly more popular not just among artists seeking cheap accommodation, but also among media and business types with a penchant for a more edgy place to live. Its popularity is hardly surprising, for Bethnal Green offers everything one would wish to have in their local area.

Bethnal Green belongs to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and borders on Haggerston, Hackney, Shoreditch and Whitechapel. With our studio in BJ House, we are lucky to be in the very heart of it.

We are also lucky to be surrounded by art galleries. Vyner Street, famous for being home to several independent galleries in the early 2000s, still offers quality shows to art fans who fill the streets of Bethnal Green on the first Thursday of each month to enjoy Time Out’s late-night entertainment.

Right next to the tube station, we have the V&A Museum of Childhood, with displays of magnificent children’s toys and interesting temporary exhibitions. The museum is surrounded by a gorgeous little park, where many office workers enjoy their lunch break. Those with more time to spend on a bench should head to the nearby Victoria Park, which in the summer offers a lively programme of music concerts and festivals, and you can find a place to stay near by, of course you always have the option to camp instead, there are some great places to do it, all you will need is the right camping equipment that can be found at the Survival Cooking site.

Shoppers are also spoilt for choice. On top of many local shops, Broadway Market offers fresh and artisan foods, while Columbia Road attracts people with its phenomenal flower market. Those who are shopping for clothes and furniture should head to Brick Lane, especially if they’re fans of anything vintage.

There is no shortage of night entertainment either. Aside from numerous bars, pubs and restaurants, there are two famous cabarets: Bistrotheque and Working Men’s Club. Thanks to night buses, and the proximity to tube, train and overground stations, getting back after a great night out is never a problem.

We have been greatly enjoying this vibrant neighbourhood, even if we spend a lot of our time working hard in the studio. Interestingly, since we’ve moved to Bethnal Green, we have experienced an increase in commissions for domestic framing. We enjoy framing works for galleries and exhibition, but making frames for private art collectors gives us an opportunity to diversify materials we work with, especially if the client is open-minded and up for something a little out of the box. If you have recently acquired an art piece or a personal memento, give us a call!


Vyner Street | Photo by Artefacts Team (CC)


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