Brick Lane is in the East End of London and has famously been a settling place for different immigrant groups since the 17th century. Starting with Huguenots, Ashkenzi Jews and in the last 50 yrs or so Bangladeshis. The Brick Lane mosque has previously been a synagogue and a church.
The area is famous for its all night Bagel shops. Before there as all night everything as there is now it was a treat to drive over late at night for warm bagels. When everything was closed on Sundays it was also the place to go as the shops and market would be the only places in London open. It's now also famous for its curry shops and more recently at the north end it has bcome a very trendy area for art and fashion students - lots of bars and fashion shops.
It is a busy area and most weekends there is something going on - this weekend it was the annual curry festival where all the curry houses hand out free samples and ask people to vote for their favorite. There was also free Cobra beer and dancing ;D
Yes,a fabulous report,thanks!! One never sees these kind of images when perusing pictures of London. I never would have associated bagels with London in any kind of way. (Being a New Yorker,why would I?). The food does look wonderful. And,I really like the format you used to post the pics. (have to learn how to do this!) Thanks again!!
Really fascinating, Tilly! What I found so interesting is how the different waves of settlement seem to be all represented together in on place. The area looks so vibrant ..... and clean! The foods are gorgeous. You could go in one end of the street hungry and come out the other end staggeringly full. Love the happy dancing women and the great graffiti. Uh, what's "rough trade"?
Tilly, do you all still go there often, even though there's "all night everything" now? Also, since you say the Bangladeshi came in the last 50 years or so, that means many of the people living there are home-grown Londoners, right? It's wonderful to see the motherland culture preserved.
Tilly, do you all still go there often, even though there's "all night everything" now? Also, since you say the Bangladeshi came in the last 50 years or so, that means many of the people living there are home-grown Londoners, right? It's wonderful to see the motherland culture preserved
As well as going late at night years ago, we also used to visit Petticoat Lane market which is just round the corner. As a kid it was one of the few things in London open on Sundays, it was given the right to trade to the Jewish community by an Act of Parliament and so that was a great way to kill the endless Sundays!
BUt since then, I hadn't really visited the area more than a couple of times a year for year as too much traffic to drive these days and it was difficult to get to from where I lived - a good 90 :(minute tube/train/bus adventure - but they have recently opened a new line and it only takes 30 minutes so will be going to stuff my face far more regularly ;D
Yes, as you say lots of the people living there are 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Londoners now. The guys running the sweet shop had strong cockney accents.
Livaco, I heard the market has closed as well, but it seems like it is back athough maybe a bit smaller.