Every time I go to Shoreditch I see evidence of the City’s encroaching wealth. The signs of creeping gentrification are everywhere: from boutique fashion shops to gleaming luxury apartments, through carefully staged pop-up venues and finally to Microsoft ads posing as street art.
Still, amongst the trendy cocktail bars and chic hotels a lot of the old East End remains. There are still rustic wine bars and street food and graffiti and all those things that – together with the trendy and new – add up to make this my favourite London neighbourhood.
Here are some scenes from today in Brick Lane and surrounding streets.