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Brick Lane

Brick Lane
A Brick Lane street sign ©Cognitive Applications/Maria Gibbs

Brick Lane, otherwise known as Banglatown, is the epicentre of the capital's Bangladeshi and Bengali communities, a vibrant London thoroughfare where there is always something going on.

The street has played a central role in the history of migration to Britain. In earlier times, it was a place of refuge for French Protestants, before playing host to the Jewish community. Hence, you can still buy bagels on Brick Lane, as well as sample some of London's best Asian cooking.

Food isn't the only thing for sale on Brick Lane, as the Sunday markets demonstrate. The area is also a hotbed of fashion, music and the visual arts.

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