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The walk starts in Altab Ali Park, named after a Bengali leather garment worker who was murdered in 1978. The racially motivated killing took place on Adler Street, near 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 Altab Ali in the 1990s.


Banglatown and the Bengali East End History Walk
11.00am and 4.00pm
Cost £8.00 for employed & concession rate £6.00 for unemployed, students & elderly

To attend please register your interest at

In this guided walk, discover more about the Bengali community who have made this part of London their home 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.

Entrance to 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


Starting point: Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel. E1. Nearest tube Aldgate East
Finishing point Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

Approximately 1.5 hours

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