Photo Friday: Bukowski Grill, Box Park

I’m taking part this week for the first time in Photo Friday, hosted by

Bukowski burgers, Shoreditch, London

Bukowski burgers, Shoreditch, London

I took this photo on my iPhone at Bukowski, one of the eateries at Box Park. Box Park opened a couple of months ago near Shoreditch House in East London. It’s a pop-up shopping “mall”, an installation of shipper containers housing groovy fashion boutique and eateries that will live in this space for the next five years.

Re-use of shipping containers as housing or other building blocks of modern urban life has been going on for a while. (Check out this home in Houston made from containers.) Maybe it’s the hoarder in me but I love this trend in recycling and urban planning. The way Box Park has put it into practice is simplistically brilliant. There’s an upstairs deck fitted with picnic tables and a host of little shops including a good coffee place, a sweetie shop, a row of containers selling cool t-shirts and funky shoes, and Bukowski.

My husband heard it was a good place for a burger, so we went with our 8-year-old, squeezed in a one-sided booth for two. We ate burgers (with ethically sourced meat), pulled pork (not the greatest I’ve had but yummy), beer and homemade lemonade. The food was good but the atmosphere was better — genial, communal, hip. One guy was serving everyone but he happily fetched extra napkins and drinks for our daughter.

It’s not a place to linger. After we sat down a line formed as people waited for one of about 5 booths to become free. I took this picture from our booth. A couple more groups were waiting outside. It all adds to a buzz rather than a feeling of pressure. Our daughter loved the novelty of the architecture of the entire structure and our tiny booth.

The food was good here but it was the sense of real London personality that makes me want to go back.

Bukowksi Grill

Bethnal Green Road
E1 6GY

¬†You can see more cool travel pictures on this week’s Delicious Baby Photo Friday post.


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  1. March 2, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    That sounds like a really cool place. Going to have to see if i can try to find it the next time I’m in London. I haven’t seen a place with reused shipping containers yet, but I had a friend contemplating building a house with some.

    • March 2, 2012 / 10:55 pm

      That’s very cool. I’d like to build a house from shipping containers, but all the ones I see are very minimalist. I’d have to throw out all my back issues of the New Yorker at the very least.

  2. March 2, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    Welcome to Photo Friday! I love to check out new blogs and I found you there! Your post made me hungry!

    • March 4, 2012 / 9:25 am

      I’m so glad I found it. I love picture focussed posts and discovering a bunch of new blogs.

  3. March 3, 2012 / 7:24 pm

    Sounds like a really cool spot – I’m sure that my kids would love it too! London is one of my kids’ favourite cities and we can’t wait to get back. I’m glad I’ve found your site with recommendations like this from a London mum.

  4. March 4, 2012 / 9:30 am

    I’m glad I’ve found your site too, Lisa! I agree with your latest post about the importance of travelling and instilling a love of travel and adventure in kids – whether that’s venturing to a different land or just a different part of the city.

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