BRICK LANE SHOP
DID YOU KNOW?
Brick Lane is a Pandora’s box of passion, packing more punch than it should with culture, art and style. Not only are you getting London, you’re getting the whole world.
In on of the noisier parts of the East end, the Ripper marked an X on a spot which is now occupied by one of the barber chairs in our shop. He lured a victim to the location and quickly made her a statistic before disposing of her body in a back alley where the strong waft of foreign foods helped disguise the stench of rotting flesh.
The writing was on the wall for any woman who crossed the Ripper’s path. Now, if you cross the Clipper’s path in Brick Lane you will see a different kind of writing on the wall opposite the shop – graffiti and street art, symbols of free expression canvassing the otherwise dull brickwork. Enter the store and the pong of flesh is replaced by the scent of Aloe Vera on hot towels, the moan of muffled screams substituted by the bounce of a drumbeat.
This is Jack’s legacy.
P.S. If you visit our Brick Lane shop, please do not ask which chair is sitting on the spot of the murder as our Jack made it policy for it never to be revealed.
178b Brick Lane , London E1 6SA
Weekdays: 10-8 Sat: 10-6, Sun: 10-6
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THE HISTORY OF BRICK LANE
What’s in the name?
Brick Lane was formerly called Whitechapel Lane. In the 1400’s, the area became known for its brick and tile manufacturers and so, Brick Lane was born. Around this time, streets were named after the businesses that occupied them: Cable Street was home to rope-makers, Houndsditch was a burial site for dogs, and Artillery Lane – well I am sure you can guess that one.
What’s it known for? (Besides Jack The Clipper)
This is the heart of the East End, an impoverished helter-skelter street of yesteryear when the Ripper was very much at large. Now, the original Jack is vanquished and his grandson the Clipper has taken residence as a neighbour to the famous Truman Brewery.
The make-up of Brick Lane has evolved and was predominantly home to Irish and Jewish immigrants in the 19th and 20th century. The community today is still a kaleidoscope of cultures, woven by the foreign waft of Bengali Balti houses. Visitors from around the world flock to the area for a trip through trendy and quirky London – and of course, to see Jack.