Today's Brick Lane is a busy narrow road, housing some of the best curry restaurants in the region. Situated near the famous Royal Hospital London, Whitechapel is a long established, thriving local street market. Interestingly, the local community recently labelled this area as the Bangla Town. The Banglas who came here in 1920s, 30s and 40s brought with them their traditional skills in cooking and practiced on the boats and in lodging houses. Thus, these men were the first to open Asian restaurants in London.
Visit the junction with Hanbury Street to dine at the best cluster of excellent Bangladeshi restaurants. Café Bangla and the Famous Curry Bazaar are a few popular names to reckon with. Walk up towards Bethnal Green Road and at 159 Brick Lane you will find the famous Beigel Bakery, open 24 hours a day. From Jewish bagel shops to Indian silk saris, from bedding to fresh fruit and fish, this place has it all. Offering excellent prices, this place attracts a lot of youngsters in search of good deals, be it for second-hand furniture, unusual clothes, old magazines or Art Deco furniture. The Sunday morning market definitely deserves a visit!