Lingering Look at Windows: East End of London

Thursday has come round again…time for more windows. Dawn, for this week’s Lingering Look at Windows, has posted Valentine’s windows, but a more gritty offering from me on this blog. Nothing very artistic, just a bit of an amble to find some assorted windows from London’s East End.

Start the day with a hairdo? (Admittedly, the shutters are still down):

Molly Sugden's, Brick Lane

Molly Sugden’s, Brick Lane

Our wanders take us to a textile manufacturer:


Paper bags, anyone:

Donovan Brothers, paper bags

Donovan Brothers, paper bags

Renovation going on here, and the graffiti artists got in too:

And after all this lot, time for a beer: Prospect of Whitby in Wapping, proclaiming itself to be London’s oldest riverside pub…

Prospect of Whitby

Prospect of Whitby



  1. Great to see this part of London, Susan! I’d love to go inside “The Prospect of Whitby”, it’s looks inviting! 🙂

  2. A very gritty area… Mollie Sugden’s looks like something from the 1960s and why the Prospect of Whitby? Many miles from the actual Whitby. Was it the name of a ship? You find some very interesting places to walk Sue.

    (OK I have Googled it and it was renamed after a Tyneside collier which was berthed close by, by the sounds of it this pub has had quite a violent histoy).

    • I was introduced to Wapping by a friend some years ago, and more recently to Spitalfields by another friend commenting that there was interesting street art around there, in future posts I shall show some more. Oh, and the pub, I believe it was once known as the Devil’s tavern due to it’s shady clientele….

  3. You’re definitely in a gritty mood lately, Sue 🙂
    Many years ago I remember going looking for that pub. Don’t think I found it, but you know my sense of direction’s not good.

    • I think gritty is my default, Jo! I love abandonment, dereliction, decay and all that, and things that look like they’ve had a life and a story to tell. I can do beauty in nature, things with a sense of order, and after all that’s what people prefer to look at…isn’t it? But hey, on with the default!

  4. Nice set. Love the signs too. Mollie Sugden’s – any association with the actress of the same name (Mrs Slocombe from Are you being served? ). I’d like to visit that paper bag store.

  5. Yes, I can see all these lovely photos, I will go back and leave a comment on our other conversation as well. I do really like that first photo.

  6. Love your windows.I haven’t been to London since 1985!!! Think it is time I returned 🙂

  7. I must be doing something wrong i can’t see your pictures.

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