Boxing has been the beating heart of much of the East End’s sporting life and culture. Its roots can be traced back centuries but the man who brought it to the sport we know today was Daniel Mendoza.
Born into an impoverished Portuguese Jewish family in the mid-18th century, Mendoza became one of the biggest sport superstars of his time. While living on Paradise Row, he wrote the first book on boxing theory and the first sports memoirs.
To commemorate his influence on the East End and on British sport more widely, join a new immersive exhibition at Paradise Gardens. Led by St. Margaret’s House, the event is a community-focused celebration of the life and times of Mendoza, who helped make the sport what it is today and was the first true sporting celebrity in Britain.
QR codes placed on trees in Paradise Gardens will connect to a site where visitors can listen to extracts from Mendoza’s memoirs and oral histories of local people whose experiences relate closely to Mendoza’s.
There will also be workshops happening between 11am-4pm which will be family friendly, celebrate Mendoza and include poetry, readings, art and craft!