Spitalfields and Poplar have always been a place for London’s new arrivals to set up home. Huguenot refugees in the early eighteenth century followed by Irish, Jewish, and Asian immigrants in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
During hard times, many of these new arrivals relied on soup kitchens that became famous, run by the local community or even celebrity chefs, reported on by national newspapers, and even discussed in Parliament.
Hear more about these vital hubs at Tower Hamlets Library on Thursday 29 September. The talk will be accompanied by historical materials on the Jewish East End from the Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives.
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