Mention Brick Lane and most people think of curry. It's long been a hub for London's Bangladeshi community, which has made it famous for its huge array of authentic curry restaurants. This East London street is also an area famous for its vibrant and diverse culture, where people from all over the world - and all over London - come to enjoy everything from fantastic food to art exhibitions and boutique shopping. If you're planning on a jaunt to Brick Lane and are in the mood for a decent curry, take a look at our recommendations for the very best available.
One of Brick Lane's most well-known and prominent curry houses, it's probably the first place that'll loudly try to get your business. It won 2017's Masterchef award for best curry restaurant in London, robustly defending its unofficial King of Brick Lane title. This popular spot has won a slew of other awards too, including top prize at the Bangladeshi Caterers Awards. A family-run business, City Spice offers a fusion of north Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.
What to try: The fish thali for a stunning array of Bengal sea life cooked in various sauces and spices.
Sheba has been part of the fabric of Brick Lane since 1974, offering a straightforward approach that's all about the food. Another award-winner, Sheba has at various times been declared the best Indian restaurant in Brick Lane, best in East London, and has been featured in the Cobra Good Curry Guide. The food is also well-priced, especially for larger groups, with a tantalising and varied menu on offer.
What to try: The Lahori Gohst if you're a fan of fiery spice.
Right in the heart of Brick Lane's curry mile is Bengal Village, first opened in 1991. It's fairly low-key frontage reflects its relaxed and comfortable nature, with attentive and friendly staff ferrying a delicious selection of curries from the award-winning kitchen to your table. The choice of vegetarian curries and dishes on offer is particularly good.
What to try: The lamb Rogan josh is an excellent classic.
Living in East London
As well as Brick Lane and its famous curry houses, this whole part of London is a fantastic place to live with a lot to offer residents. From Spitalfields to Whitechapel, there are vibrant communities with unique and diverse cultures. There's the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, where the next big designers come together sell their creations every Sunday. There's also the famous Whitechapel Gallery, exhibiting contemporary art from all over the world.
Near the infamous Ten Bells pub is the historic Old Spitalfields market, now a fantastic shopping and entertainment destination, and there's no end of iconic landmarks and attractions around the Square Mile, such as the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, and the skyscrapers of the City.
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