Mile End Old Town sign on Roman Road

Where do we live? A guide to neighbourhood boundaries and nomenclature

The labels of our local neighbourhoods evolved from an amalgamation of ancient geographic features, thousand-year old parishes, and newer council administrations, meaning that the boundaries and nomenclatures of these areas have continuously shifted over time.

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Ba'al Shem of London's grave © Social Streets

Ba’al Shem of London’s grave in Mile End’s Alderney Road Cemetery

Behind an anonymous brick wall in Alderney Road off of Mile End Road lies the oldest Ashkenazi cemetery in the U.K. Founded in 1696 and closed in 1852, the cemetery marks the establishment of the Ashkenazi community, now the largest Jewish ethnic group in the U.K.

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From left, Ilhan, Oya and Ibrahim Doldur © Social Streets C.I.C

Whole Fresh: a new venture from the family behind Best Food Centre

When you walk towards Whole Fresh, the first thing you notice is fruits and vegetables lining the front of the shop enticingly in rustic, wooden buckets to attract passers-by. There are also shelves of olive oil, vinegar and every other imaginable condiment, herbs and other deli-style items. There is a constant cool breeze from the refrigerators and the sound of soft jazz wafting over from the shop radio.

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