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Welcome Back Brick Lane

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Brick Lane has long been a melting pot of cultures from across the world with a mix of many communities and voices.

Back in the 1500s it was a path into the open countryside outside the City of London and earned its name from the brick kilns first brought here by early Flemish settlers.

Now the street is a major tourist destination known for shopping, eating, culture and street art. It is the hub of London's Bangladeshi community and known as the ‘curry mile’ because of its many restaurants.

Brick Lane is bustling with shoppers and visitors. Prior to the pandemic more than 18,500 pedestrians packed the streets on an average day. To make it safer, some sections are now car free on weekends and Thursday and Friday evenings. Alongside the road changes, the area is getting investment to improve street lighting a new mural celebrating the 50th anniversary of Bangladeshi independence will be created later this year.

Sundays the street really comes alive, with Brick Lane Market stalls (open 10am-5pm) selling a diverse range of items from vintage clothes, collectables, and quirky crafts. Performers add to the vibrant atmosphere and street food stalls attract lots of visitors.

The Old Truman Brewery hosts several regular markets at its huge site on Brick Lane on Thursdays through to Sundays.

Brick Lane market trader Philip Amery of ‘Go Commando’ says: “‘I used to work in the city as a surveyor and hated every day. Now I'm my own boss and love every day I work. Meeting amazing people and reaping what I sow.”

Throughout the pandemic, the council has been supporting local businesses. In June we launched the Thriving High Streets 3 fund, which provides advice and guidance to help businesses plan their recovery and a series of events to bring more visitors to key high streets and markets.

If you own a local business and want to find out what support is available to you, email towncentres@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Show your support for a local business near you by posting a photo on social media, mentioning @TowerHamletsNow and #welcomebackTH


Posted on Wednesday 18th August 2021