London Brick Lane – Follow the Money

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London Brick Lane – Follow the Money

This month we are exploring the changing face of Brick Lane driven by gentrification. Gentrification is only one of many influences that is affecting the culture of Brick Lane; others are the rise in property prices and the silicon round-about ie Old Street and all that comes with the digital age. Many of the original communities who arrived and lived in the Brick Lane area over the last 150 years have eventually slowly but surely moved out of the area; this includes the present Bangladeshi community.

London Brick Lane  Follow the Money  – Bangladeshi Community

British born Bengali’s are no longer growing up and working in the food industry on the Lane, they are no longer accepting the cultures and traditions of their elders but are seeking more affluent lifestyles, working in better conditions, finding better jobs or starting and growing million pound businesses.
They are moving out to better accommodation, buying their own homes and taking their extended families with them, therefore Brick Lane is forced to change.

London Brick Lane  Follow the Money  – Turkish Food Industry

This change has left the doors open to a new food industry, new entrepreneurs are arriving on mass and so here we are introducing the growing number of Turkish restaurants and Street food outlets that are embedding themselves into the culture of Brick Lane.

London Brick Lane  Follow the Money  – Bangladeshi Community Links

‘Brick Lane is a street in east London, England. The area is widely known for two things: graffiti and Indian curry restaurants. The graffiti arts were not developed by Bengalis, but almost every one of the curry restaurants were owned and operated by them. The entire area came to be called Banglatown or the Curry Capital.

“We can’t blame to our next generation as they didn’t directly came from Bangladesh; rather they were born and brought up here as British citizens. So they might have different views than us about taking care of Brick Lane’s Bengali character. Maybe they don’t want to it see it destroyed but neither do they want to invest valuable time and energy here,” he added.’

READ MORE here: Shakil Bin Mushtaq is a Bangladeshi-born freelance journalist and author.

Complaints about Gentrification

Local residents complain that new Pret A Manger outpost “doesn’t have a soul” The outlet, on the corner of Bethnal Green Road and the north section of Brick Lane, was formerly the Von Tromp pub, which closed in 1990, and was most recently the Benets of Cambridge ice cream parlour.

Former Asian Supermarket  now Premier Inn Hotel

“Brick Lane has become so established on the tourist map that a branch of the Premier Inn hotel chain has opened up — on the site of a former Asian supermarket.”

Integrated the Muslim & Jewish communities

We taste an array of foods that played a crucial part in integrating Muslim and Jewish communities into British society.

Food has played a crucial role in integrating these communities into British society: Migrants may lose their language, their customs, and even their religion, but rarely will they lose their food. One street in the East End – Brick Lane – above all tells this story. 

London Brick Lane a Vegan Destination

London is quickly becoming a vegan destination, with shops, restaurants, and businesses cropping up all over the city. 

Located on Brick Lane, in Shoreditch, East London, Vegan Nights is a monthly night market popular with locals and tourists alike. The market hosts a variety of food vendors, serves cruelty-free drinks and provides entertainment, such as DJs and live acts, into the night.


1. 70’s Bangladesh community in brick lane and Whitechapel

2. Racism | East London | Asian community |1978

Filmed in1978 by Thames Televisions ‘Our people’ programme – 
This extract looks at the struggles the local East End Asian community faces against the rise of racist attacks and the growth of the National Front. 

3. Best Turkish Restaurant in Brick Lane

4. Indian / Turkish Fusion Street Food wraps at Roti Roll stall in Sunday UpMarket, Brick Lane, London.

Published on 30 Jan 2015 Amongst the many street food stalls at the Sunday UpMarket (based in the old Truman Brewery building) there’s an intriguing & fascinating stall which has ingeniously merged Mediterranean & Indian cuisine to create delicious “Turkish-Indian Fusion” food – it’s a combination which is a pleasant surprise and really does work well. 
The “UpMarket indoor market operates on Sundays only and is located in the old Truman Brewery building on Brick Lane.
A special thank you to (Indian) Mona and (Turkish) Tamercan who welcomed us to do the videoing and graciously allowed us a privileged glimpse into how they serve up their magical food.


London. A Walk Trough The Street Food Stalls and the Vintage Shops of Brick Lane




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