East London is many things but quiet, it is certainly not!
It is okay to be quiet. It is also okay to walk in silence and fade into the hushed streets that people have forgotten.
I remember those days when east London was avoided. Its streets were genuinely "cool" and the folk who loitered upon them likewise. I am glad that I felt it while the nice vibe was still lingering in the air. It is an entirely different place now. Little feels genuine apart from these old old streets with their silent stories and the secrets that they keep.