Brick Lane is a road in the Borough of Tower Hamlets, East London. Originally called Whitechapel Lane, it then took its current name from the brick and tile manufacturers located on the street. From the 17th century onwards, Brick Lane has been a centre for immigrants to London – first Huguenot silk weavers, then Irish, Jewish and Bangladeshi communities. Currently it is the heart of London’s Bangladeshi community and is famous for its curry houses, artistic graffiti and trendy clubs and bars. The Brick Lane market has existed since the 17th century when it sold fruit and vegetables; the markets have now expanded to selling clothing, food and bric-a-brac and are extremely popular amongst Londoners and tourists alike. Brick Lane was famously portrayed in Monica Ali's controversial novel of that name, about a young Bangladeshi woman who moves to Tower Hamlets to marry a much older man. A film was made in 2007.