Friday, 26 November 2010

Brick Lane

Brick Lane is a street in the East End of London. It runs from Swanfield Street in the northern part of Bethnal Green, crosses Bethnal Green Road, passes through Spitalfields and is linked to Whitechapel High Street to the south by the short stretch of Osborn Street.

Today, it is the heart of the city's Bangladeshi community and is known to some as Banglatown. It is famous for its many curry houses.

Yesterday I visited this famous street in London for the first time an enjoyed a nice curry. You can walk the entire length of Brick Lane in about 10 minutes.

Winding through fields, the street was formerly called Whitechapel Lane but derives its current name from former brick and tile manufacture. By the 17th century, the street was being built up from the south. Successive waves of immigration began with Huguenot refugees spreading from Spitalfields, where the master weavers were based, in the 17th century. They were followed by Irish, Ashkenazi Jews and, in the last century, Bangladeshis. The area became a centre for weaving, tailoring and the clothing industry, due to the abundance of semi- and unskilled immigrant labour.

In the 20th century the Brick Lane area was important in the second wave of development of Anglo-Indian cuisine, as families from countries such as Bangladesh (mainly the Greater Sylhet region) migrated to London to look for work. More recently the area has also broadened to being a vibrant art and fashion student area, with considerable exhibition space. Each year most of the fine art and fashion courses exhibit their work near Brick Lane.


  1. Yumm Curry. I miss London. I was born there.. right near Wembley Stadium. I still have cousins and friends there but I have not visited for a few years now. And sadly, I lost my accent if I ever even had one lol cuz we moved to the states when I was 5 yrs old. =\
    Cya at the tables Rosh!! (and quit floating me so much haha jk ;)

  2. very in depth u should be a tour guide lol now i really want a good curry

  3. Rex, i was born in Wembley too... maybe it was the same Hosp....

    Volt, curry is gooooood..!! :P

  4. I was born @ Northwick (park?) hospital... its a small world...
    lights out gn xox

  5. Omg Rex it is a tiny world...!! Northwick Park Hosp too..!!


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