In the past the East End of London was home to poor immigrants, criminals and the disease-ridden, which is the reason for the area’s seedy past. As the city of London expanded it experienced massive over-crowding which caused many immigrants to look for residence outside of the city. Throughout the 19th century the East End was home to these various groups of people who came into and transformed the area into what it is today. Each group has left their own marks on London’s East End which is why it is such an incredibly interesting place to visit and explore.
England loves Shakespeare, and why not? He was a genius playwright who made drama accessible to the common folks, although his work seems elitist nowadays. There are tons of attractions across England dedicated to the Bard, there is even a walking tour in London focusing on his life and times in the area. Being a fan of the playwright I knew I wanted to explore some of the important Shakespearean icons in England – Stratford Upon Avon and the Globe Theatre.