London’s New East End - From Bangladesh to Banksy with Pepe Martinez - Context Travel

London’s New East End - From Bangladesh to Banksy with Pepe Martinez


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This conversation will take us on a journey through the last fifty years of East End history, beginning with the mass arrival of Bengalis in the early 1970s. In that time, the East End has gone through one of the most incredible transformations one could imagine. We will discover some of the important moments in that transformation and meet some of those people responsible, including Banksy, the world's most famous Street Artist.

The virtual walk will also explore parts of Shoreditch, an area that a Century ago contained one of the worst slums in Europe but today is lined with designer stores, luxury hotels and Michelin starred restaurants. Using a mixture of photography, maps, and Google street-view, we will travel through the streets of the East End from the comfort of your armchair. Pepe's hopes that this virtual walk will inspire a visit to this fantastically vibrant part of London in the future.

Led by London Blue Badge Tourist Guide Pepe Martinez. Despite his rather Spanish name, Pepe is a born and bred Londoner and has lived in the East End his entire life. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of this eclectic enclave.

Pepe was born and bred in London and has lived here all his life, apart from a year travelling the world in his 20s. His professional life began working as a stage manager, followed by 15 years as a Tour Manager leading tours of the UK, Ireland, and Europe, the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and The Middle and Far East. He qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide in 2011 and was honored to receive the award for Best Overall Practical Exam Guide. A keen cyclist, Pepe loves the outdoors and walking and he believes the best way to see a city is on foot. He loves the theatre and tries to attend as often as possible and is usually ahead of the game when it comes to recommendations. Pepe is particularly good at working with children and keeping them engaged and entertained. For those wanting to experience London with a local and find out its true secrets, Pepe is the man for the job.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Wow!

This was fascinating, filled with recent history, art, and culture. Mr. Martinez is a great speaker, comfortable with the technology, and very knowledgeable. This was great fun!

S
S.-.B.
Up-to-date look at the evolution of London's East End

What an inclusive, personal, enlightening tour of this often overlooked section of London by a true resident. Interesting discussion of the changing nature of residents (and why they emigrated initially in the '70s) with the resultant changes in the neighborhoods. Loved the tour of Brick Lane. The Google maps views and movement on our tour was like I was really doing the walk! The street art was amazing. Banksy seems like such a character! This lecture showed how an impoverished section of the city blossomed into UK's biggest economic sector now. Success story!

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K.

I love the sessions on a limited range of art - eg sistine chapel, goya and guernica, marie de medici. the time is super short so i like the deeper dives into a piece of art or subset. i like the street art themes popping up re athens and banksy.

C
C.

Did the tour of Renoir to Dali in Montmartre that was interesting and informative and worth the time on 5/13. Then later did the tour of Hemingway in Paris which was hugely disappointing! He's very knowledgeable but so disorganized and unfocused that it was hard to appreciate the information he was trying to convey.

L
L.

For those people that have registered for multiple courses, it would be nice to offer a multi-course discount. I will be taking my third course this week and am planning to register for another one next week.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
100%
(5)
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R
R.
Wow!

This was fascinating, filled with recent history, art, and culture. Mr. Martinez is a great speaker, comfortable with the technology, and very knowledgeable. This was great fun!

S
S.-.B.
Up-to-date look at the evolution of London's East End

What an inclusive, personal, enlightening tour of this often overlooked section of London by a true resident. Interesting discussion of the changing nature of residents (and why they emigrated initially in the '70s) with the resultant changes in the neighborhoods. Loved the tour of Brick Lane. The Google maps views and movement on our tour was like I was really doing the walk! The street art was amazing. Banksy seems like such a character! This lecture showed how an impoverished section of the city blossomed into UK's biggest economic sector now. Success story!

K
K.

I love the sessions on a limited range of art - eg sistine chapel, goya and guernica, marie de medici. the time is super short so i like the deeper dives into a piece of art or subset. i like the street art themes popping up re athens and banksy.

C
C.

Did the tour of Renoir to Dali in Montmartre that was interesting and informative and worth the time on 5/13. Then later did the tour of Hemingway in Paris which was hugely disappointing! He's very knowledgeable but so disorganized and unfocused that it was hard to appreciate the information he was trying to convey.

L
L.

For those people that have registered for multiple courses, it would be nice to offer a multi-course discount. I will be taking my third course this week and am planning to register for another one next week.