Brick Lane with Pete

Multicultural Mixing Pot (0)
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Brick Lane with Pete

Multicultural Mixing Pot

I’m Pete, a true local in Brick Lane. Join me on my fascinating walk, taking in the sights and sounds of Brick Lane. This multicultural area, a primer for trade unions, women’s equality and the Labour party is no longer a melting pot of the poor but now trendy and expensive. Hear about the sinister tales of Jack the Ripper and the philanthropists that changed the face of the world, starting from the East End. Visit a Mosque that has had a very long, multi-faith history and a school with a ghastly secret. Hear about a truly engrossing mystery involving a man’s disappearance from a room locked from the outside, and the legacy left by the different waves of immigrants to this most fascinating part of the East End.


Details

  • 2 Hours
  • Accessible
  • Pets allowed

Tickets must be purchased in advance – we are unable to sell tickets at the meeting point.

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Tours every week
Tuesday 14.00 - 16.00
Wednesday 14.00 - 16.00
18.00 - 20.00
(Until September)
Thursday 14.00 - 16.00
Saturday 14.00 - 16.00
Meeting point

Outside Aldgate tube station at:
Aldgate High Street, EC3N 1AH

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£15 ticket

60% of the ticket price goes directly to your guide


Highlights

  • Discover hidden alleyways and lesser known streets around Brick Lane
  • Learn about the area’s rich history of multiculturalism and radical politics
  • Get a first-hand account of homelessness in East London
  • Recognise famous and emerging names of London’s street art scene
  • Experience the area’s recent gentrification from a new perspective
  • See the pub where Jack the Ripper used to drink
  • Stand outside a synagogue that became a church, and then a mosque

My Story

Hi my name is Pete and I’m originally from Manchester. I moved to Brighton in 1997 and went to the University of Sussex where I got a degree in Psychology.

I left for London in 2005 as I found a well-paid job in advertising, and it seemed that I would have a career for the foreseeable future. When I started the job, I found that boss was an absolute tyrant and if I didn’t shave every day (I hate shaving) then he would say that I looked like a tramp. I was regularly meeting my targets and he would still harass me about small things. Eventually I flipped and told him where to stick his job. I subsequently lost all my benefits as I left the job “voluntarily” and found myself in the street shortly after.

I went looking for jobs but the lack of a good reference was a barrier. Since then I have been sleeping rough and squatting while working weekends on Brick Lane market, which I feel is my home and I would be delighted to show you around my neighbourhood.

Spoken languages
I speak fluent English, Sarcasm and Irony, and I can swear in 10 languages

Interests
My hobbies are football, Manchester United, art, percussion and partying