When I first moved to East London I borrowed huge piles of books from the local library to do some research into my new environment. My focus was on Brick Lane and its surrounding streets in Shoreditch as that was where I lived. I already knew that this is THE place to be for independent boutiques, music venues, coffee shops, many little art galleries, great bookshops and the most amazing street art, but my research opened my eyes to the intriguing history of the area.
The East End has been a popular destination for both Britons and foreigners since Roman times. Its vicinity to the City and the river Thames made East London a strategic location for tradesmen, but it has also been the place of refuge for political and religious immigrants for hundreds of years. You can still see the legacy of the large immigrant groups, you just need to know where to look! The stately Georgian homes on Fournier Street and Princelet Street in Shoreditch were built for the rich French Huguenot master silk weavers who fled from France in the 17th century. The famous Beigal Bake shop, Sunday Upmarket and shop signs in Hebrew are clear references to the large Jewish society who dominated the East End in the 19th and 20th century. And now the dozens of curry shops and multi-lingual street signs around Brick Lane show you the area is the home of Bangladeshi (and hipsters and bohemians of course).
Nowadays Brick Lane is predominantly known for Banglatown (as part of Brick Lane has been officially renamed), street art, hipsters and artists. Once the world’s largest beer brewer, Truman Brewery, had its brewery here, but now the immense factory houses vintage and alternative boutiques, dozens of restaurants and clubs, a fab record shop and art galleries. I especially appreciate the fact that there are no chain shops here!
I’d love to take you on an East London tour to show you vibrant contemporary East London whilst telling you about its fascinating history! To book a tour, just sent me an email on email@example.com.
If you wish for a bespoke London tour with a specific theme or for a company/school outing, then please have a look at my page Bespoke London Tours.
I specialise in Dutch-spoken tours, but also give tours in English. The tours are suitable for teenagers to seniors, couples, families or groups visiting London and also for Londoners or Britons who want to explore a different part of their city/country. Participants should be able to walk for 1.5 hours.
Wednesday afternoon, other days available on request.
We meet at London Liverpool Street station and from there I take you to Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane and Redchurch Street.
£10 per person, to be paid in cash.
A tour takes 1.5 hours.
How to book?
Email me on firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably at least two weeks in advance.