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East End's 'flower power' is up front with London guide

PUBLISHED: 17:21 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:12 05 October 2010

Up front... East End 'cover' version

Up front... East End 'cover' version

THE East End's famous Columbia Road flower market is splashed on the cover of Time Out's new London for Londoners guide. The bustling Bethnal Green street market replaces a picture of alfresco drinkers on the cover of the new edition, which takes readers through the London tourists don't see

By Victoria Huntley

THE East End's famous Columbia Road flower market is splashed on the cover of Time Out's new London for Londoners guide.

The bustling Bethnal Green street market replaces a picture of alfresco drinkers on the cover of the new, revised edition which the publisher describes as the "ultimate handbook to living in the city."

The guide takes readers through the London tourists don't see.

Since Time Out dubbed the East End as the capital's 'rising star' earlier this year, it takes pride of place near the front, just after Westminster and The City.

The East End has some of the best pubs, bars, restaurants and attractions in the capital.

The guide singles out three hotspots, 93 Feet East, the Vibe and the Big Chill in Brick Lane, while also lamenting the loss of Spitz music venue in Commercial-street.

Top pubs included are The Camel in Globe-road, Palm Tree in Mile End Park, Pride of Spitalfields in Heneage-street, off Brick Lane, and the renovated Carpenter's Arms in Cheshire-street.

The guide also breaks down the highlights of Tower Hamlets by neighbourhood, calling it a "borough of extremes, with The City pushing its way further into Spitalfields and Docklands skyscrapers looming over the Isle of Dogs."

It adds: "Grim tower blocks rub shoulders with some of London's most fashionable neighbourhoods, while pie'n'mash shops vie for trade with the swankiest gastro boozers."

The guide reckons Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Columbia Road are three of London's best markets.

Of course they are!

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London for Londoners, in bookshops May 1 at £12.99.

victoria.huntley@archant.co.uk

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