The Brick Lane in the East End of London is not only an epicenter of cultural diversity but also an absolute delight for on-trend shopaholics. It is also knoan as the Curry Capital of the United Kingdom. The street that runs from the famous Bethnal Green to Whitechapel is something you don’t want to miss during your London old city tour.
The dizzying array of record stores, vintage shops, nice boutiques, nightlife catering, and exceptional street arts will make you fall in love with the Brick Lane of London. If you are visiting this area during your London walking tours, then try not to miss the hot salt beef, which is encased in small bagels with mustard at the Beigel Bake. Below are a few things you should know about London’s Brick Lane before visiting the area.
You might be aware of the fact that Indian food plays a significant big role in the British culture and there are more than ten thousand Indian restaurants in the U.K. In fact, more than 80 percent of all Indian restaurants in the country have roots in the Sylhet in northern Bangladesh. Moreover, Brick Lane is situated right at the heart of the Bangladeshi-Sylheti community, hence the name Banglatown. Make sure to try a curry from any one of the local shops before leaving.
Street artists from the city of London and from all over the globe often come to London’s Brick Lane to leave their mark. Internationally renowned artists such as Omar Hassan, Ben Eine, ROA, D*Face, Stik, Banksy, and many more have contributed to the stencil-based arts of the Brick Lane. Although thieves have destroyed some of the artworks, you will still be able to find plenty of extraordinary works in and around the area.
One of the finest and critically acclaimed works of Monica Ali, Brick Lane was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and adapted into a film. The residents of Brick Lane were hired as extras and several scenes in the film were shot on the screen. However, several British Bangladeshis protested against the filming and the crew had to eventually change the location. The Bangladesh community in London felt that the Bangladeshis from the Sylhet region were portrayed as simple and uneducated.