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London/Brick Lane

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Brick Lane is the name of a small but diverse neighborhood in the East End of London. The Brick Lane area has come to be known as "Banglatown" in recent years on account of many of its inhabitants' and proprietors' background in the Indian subcontinent (and especially Bangladesh). The neighborhood - now complete with its own annual festival! - takes its name from the street of the same name (Brick Lane, an historic core thoroughfare) and is now most famous for its curry restaurants, markets, specialty shops and vibrant but relaxed nightlife.

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Understand

Although now largely a Bengali (and other subcontinental) neighborhood, within living memory this was a Jewish neighborhood (and before that, it was a Huguenot neighhorhood). Besides a few obvious remnants of this history, such as a few remaining bagel delis, there are subtler remnants, such as small synagogues in the back streets. The larger synagogues have mostly turned into mosques.

Get In

Travelers to London would probably find it easiest to catch a train or tube to one of the stations listed below, then make the short (5-10 min) walk to Brick Lane:

  • Aldgate East Tube station (District line, Hammersmith & City line)
  • Liverpool Street Rail / Tube station (Central line, Circle line, Hammersmith & City line, Metropolitan line)
  • Shoreditch Tube station (East London line)

Those unfamiliar with the backstreets of the East End of London might find this map useful in locating Brick Lane.

Eat

Brick Lane is famous for its large number of Indian restaurants packed into a relatively small area and for its colorful history over the centuries as the home of various groups of Londoners.

Drink

  • The Vibe Bar is a "hip hangout", Truman Brewery, 91 brick lane, Shoreditch E1 (020) 7247 1685
  • 93 Feet East is a another "hip hangout", 150 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 (020) 7247 6095

Do

  • Visit Trumans Brewery, a complex of bars and clubs and offices.

Buy

  • Brick Lane Market open Sundays from 8am till 1pm
  • Nearby SpitalFields Market (on Commercial Street)

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