Brick Lane putting on a Sunday ‘Curry Mile’ festival to lure visitors

Mohammed Salim at his Brick Lane Brasserie

Mohammed Salim at his Brick Lane Brasserie - Credit: Archant

The world-famous Brick Lane “curry mile” in London’s East End is staging its own Sunday food festival tomorrow.

Entertainment planned for Brick Lane Curry Festival

Entertainment planned for Brick Lane Curry Festival - Credit: Archant

A family fun-day starts at 1.30pm in ‘The Lane’ being cordoned off from traffic from 1.30pm to 6.30pm, making way for witches walking on giant stilts, arts and crafts, face-painting and haunted Halloween workshops for children.

It wouldn’t be Brick Lane without the curry, of course, and the culinary reputation is on show with street-food tasting and special offers at curry houses.

Live entertainment is being laid on by Tower Hamlets Council including Bangla, brass and drumming performances, as well as community stalls.

Entertainment planned for Brick Lane Curry Festival

Entertainment planned for Brick Lane Curry Festival - Credit: Archant

The council is working with local businesses to encourage more visitors to Brick Lane with its famous reputation as part of its Town Centres regeneration programme.


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“Brick Lane is a real ‘jewel in the crown’ of our tourist destinations,” Cllr Joshua Peck said. “We are developing a longer-term plan to bring benefits to the area to revitalise it.”

Brick Lane has “erupted beyond its reputation for curries”, say festival organisers. It now claims to have the widest samplings of world foods in London.

Emran Sohel at his Curry Bazaar

Emran Sohel at his Curry Bazaar - Credit: Archant

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A dozen curry houses are taking part with special promotions—Muhib, Ghandis, Standard Balti House, Chillies, Eastern Eye, Preem, Masala, Brick Lane Brasserie, Sheba, Moonlight, Curry Bazaar and Monsoon.

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