It is Another London, an alternate London. And there is no another in the East End like Brick Lane.
And there's more apart from the curry. Some immigrants have launched other businesses and these tend to be clustered on certain patches of the street or on other streets that shoot off the main artery. It is also the setting for Monica Ali's Brick Lane, for Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (in part), On Brick Lane by Rachel Lichtenstein, Salaam Brick Lane by Tarquin Hall, among others.
This gentleman stood around giving me a disapproving look but the moment he realised my camera was on him, he walked away!
Some younger ones deliberately saunter into your frame. And a few even oblige you with poses - poses you didn't ask for.
And then you see a couple of fashion students walk past and you remember you're still in London.