Brick lane, a street in east London has been a witness to shifting ethnic patterns that has played on in this intriguing microcosm. Once in the past the area around Brick Lane was once associated with slums and the scene of crime for the infamous Jack the Ripper murders. Even though the ill-famed pub Ten Bells still stands where it did, the street and the area around has gained popularity with London’s edgy and artistic crowd. With some interesting galleries, trendy restaurants, markets, and fabulous festivals dotting the calendar of this artistically charged area, Brick Lane has officially gained an artistic feather in its tattered hat.
Emerging designers showcase a unique variety of clothing, accessories, and lifestyle goods as they set up shop once a week, every Sunday in the Old Truman Brewery, which provides a befittingly intriguing setting for it all.
Heart and hub of the city’s Bangladeshi Sylheti community, Brick Lane has been associated with its famed authentic curry restaurants. A go to place for gastronomical adventure seekers, Brick Lane has also been affectionately named Banglatown by some. In the current scenario however, the fame has expanded as it is now known for its warehouse art shows and exhibitions and trendy bars and clubs. Some of the bars like the Vibe Bar beer garden or 93 Feet East have become a sort of East End institutions for a diverse range of live music experiences in oddly intimate environs.
Known in the world over for its intriguing street art, Brick Lane features eclectic artists like Banksy, D*Face and Ben Eine. The intriguing and hauntingly exquisite artworks that adorn the streets have actually brought in a lot of interest from the artists and art enthusiasts. This is one of the most apt examples of what street art can do for a community. Once an underbelly for crime Brick Lane enjoyed only notoriety and bad reputation. However, with the advent of artists and fashion students and their treatment of the space, it has not only gained a trendy reputation but has also gained several avenues of economic and cultural growth. Once a diaspora, it now has a strong presence in the world of art.
Artists not just from United Kingdom, but from all over the world come here to paint. Brick Lane has become a safe haven for them, a place where they are uninhibited in their expression and are sure to find an appreciative group of spectators. One of the features of this street is its dynamism. Change is a constant phenomenon, with new artists coming every day to create yet another piece. There is bound to be a new find for the spectators everyday as new artists join in, leave their mark and move on.