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About Brick Lane

bricklaneblog This Week's Film: Brick Lane
Cuisine: Bangladeshi

In London’s East End, in the Borough of Tower Hamlets, there is a street called Brick Lane that extends from Swanfield Street to Whitechapel High Street. Brick Lane gets its name from the natural deposits of clay that were once used to make bricks during medieval times. Throughout the centuries since then, the district has served as a home to the Black Eagle Brewery and the Brick Lane Farmer’s Market, as well as to many immigrants, including the Hugeonots, the Irish, and the Ashkenazi Jews.

Today, Brick Lane is closely associated with the tailoring and garment industry, and is now home to a thriving Bangladeshi population. And where there is a thriving Bangladeshi population, there are Bangladeshi restaurants, and plenty of 'em. Some of London’s best curry restaurants are located in Brick Lane, many of which are owned by Muslims, and therefore do not serve alcohol. (I can't imagine Bangladeshi curry without an ice cold beer to extinguish the fire.) Nevertheless, with or without a beer chaser for your Bangladeshi curry dinner, Brick Lane is the site of some of London’s hottest clubs for an after-hours nightcap.