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Altab Ali Park

Explore Bengali history in and around Brick Lane. 


The walk takes in Altab Ali Park, named after a Bengali leather garment worker who was murdered in 1978. The racially motivated killing took place on Whitechapel High Street, near to the park - then known as St Mary's Garden. His murder galvanised a community to fight against racism. After a long struggle, the park was renamed in memory of Ali in 1988.

Altab Ali Park
Explore Bengali history in and around Brick Lane with a self-guided walk starting at Altab Ali Park, named in recognition of the anti-racist struggle in the area of 1970s and 1980s © Swadhinata Trust


Banglatown and the Bengali East End History Walk

In this self-guided walk, discover more about the Bengali community who have made this part of London for nearly 400 years.

Tower Hamlets has a long tradition of welcoming immigrant populations from all over the world including Huguenots in the 18th century and Jews in the 19th century. Now one third of the population in Tower Hamlets is Bengali, making it the largest Bengali community in the UK. Early Bengali residents left few signs or buildings to mark their presence but some clues still remain.

The thriving streets of the modern East End of London offer a fascinating insight into the British Bengali community's significant contribution to contemporary UK culture, from music and food, to politics and architecture.


Starting point: St. Botolph's, Aldgate, Aldgate High Street, London EC3N 1AB
Finishing point: Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR
Approximately 1.5 hours

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