Brick Lane is the heart of the London Bangladeshi community, long known for having the best curry houses in town. It’s also become the centre of a vibrant arts scene, treny clubs and bars.
Historically it’s the main drag for the crimes of Jack the Ripper tours, part of the poorer East End of London where wave after wave of immigrants have settled but increasingly house price rises mean that well-to-do urban hipsters rub shoulders with bangla social housing, moving from curry house to art warehouse.
On Sunday there’s a huge flea market with stalls selling antiques, clothes, bric-a-brac and rubbish waiting to be reimagined as well as the more traditional fruit and veg stalls.
And everywhere ther’s a spare piece of wall, there’s graffitti.
As well as the occasional decent coffee shop to stop and watch everyone walk by.
It’s a place with more than it’s fair share of grime and deprivation but at least on the weekends it also has a buzz.