Brick Lane is an iconic space in the history and contemporary present of the Bangladeshi community in Britain. The street was once home to the largest concentration of curry restaurants in the UK. Explore the pages of this site to uncover the changing fortunes of the Bangladeshi-owned restaurant trade in Brick Lane’s ‘Banglatown’. It is a story of empire and migration, of settlement, of urban change, of place-making and the struggle to belong.
It is a Brick Lane story, a London story and a story of Britain.
Continuity, change and new urban
economies in Brick Lane