This beigel shop and the one nearby are true London institutions.6 min
This area has, at times, been a hotbed of racial tension.4 min
Now home to a variety of shops, this area has drastically changed over the 100 years.4 min
This alley leads into the brewery complex and is lined with cafés and shops.3 min
Like Brick Lane, this area is in flux—and it is known for its contemporary art scene.5 min
When this church was built, it dominated the area with its slums & tenements.4 min
The building at number 19 is strongly connected to the area’s immigrant heritage.4 min
Taj Stores is full of produce & ingredients used in traditional Bengali cooking.5 min
This building has served each major immigrant group’s spiritual needs over the years.2 min
This school, like the area, has changed drastically over the years.1 min
Café Naz offers a variety of cuisine, which includes chicken tikka masala.5 min
The Sonali Bank on Osborn Street is where many local Bangladeshis send money home.7 min
The unique history of Brick Lane is brought to life by author Tarquin Hall in this mesmerising walk down the street that has played host to over three hundred years of immigrants. From French Huguenots weaving silk in the lofts of Spitalfields to becoming the heart of Jewish London, Brick Lane has impacted millions of lives. It is now an astonishing mix of cutting edge fashion as well as the centre of the Bangladeshi community.
The tour features exclusive interviews, original compositions and atmospheric sound effects.
Tarquin Hall is a British writer and journalist. He is the author of seven books and dozens of articles that have appeared in many British newspapers and magazines, including the Times, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Observer and New Statesman. He is also the author of "Salaam Brick Lane: A Year in the New East End".