“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.”
London has never been an English city. It has always been an international city, living off trade and conquest and migrants. London's cosmopolitan nature is obvious in the East End, populated first by French Protestant refugees (Huguenots) around Spitalfields market, then by persecuted European Jews at the turn of the century, and post-WWII, by a Bangladeshi community who worship at the Jamme Masjid mosque. Brick Lane curry houses are a major foodie draw and Brick Lane market offers vintage fashion bargains. Stylists shop for film props at Beyond Retro, and Hackney's Columbia Road flower market is ideal for photo ops amid parrot tulips and tuberose.