Educational trip to Brick Lane

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☞Origins

Brick Lane is famous for its many curry houses and recently the area has also broadened to being a vibrant art and fashion student area. It runs from Swanfield Street in the northern part of Bethnal Green, passes through Spitalfields and is linked to Whitechapel High Street. The nearest Tube stations are Aldgate East and Liverpool Street.

One of the surprising things we found was that street names is written in Bengali and lamp-posts are painted red and green for the national flag of Bangladesh. This area is also named "Little India" because of all the Arabic, Indian and Bangladeshis immigrants setlling there. 

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☞night life

Since the late 1990s, Brick Lane has been the site of several of the city's best known night clubs, notably 93 Feet Eastand The Vibe Bar, both built on the site of The Old Truman Brewery, once the industrial centre of the area, and now an office and entertainment complex.

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Vibe bar

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☞The Sunday market

The Sunday market, like the ones on Petticoat Lane and nearby Columbia Road, dates from a dispensation given by the government to the Jewish community in the 19th century. At the time, there were no Sunday markets open because of the Christian observance of Sabbath. Located at the junction with of Cheshire and Sclater streets, the market sells bric-a-brac as well as fruit, vegetables and many other items. Near the junction with Hanbury Streetare two indoor markets; Upmarket and Backyard Market. In 2010, the Brick Lane Farmers' Market opened, intended to be held every Sunday in nearby Bacon Street; it has now closed.

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☞nearest landmarks

Nearby buildings of interest include Christ Church, Spitalfields, The Jamme Masjid or Great London Mosque on the corner of Fournier Street (the building represents a history of successive communities of immigrants in East End) and The Rag Factory on Heneage Street.

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Spitalfields

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Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church

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☞modern art

Brick Lane is world famous for its graffiti, which features artists such as Banksy, Stik, ROA, D*Face and Ben Eine. The lane has been used in many music videos such as "Glory Days" by Just Jack and "All These Things That I've Done" by The Killers. See yourself 

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