On any given day, dozens of touts for Brick Lane’s famous curry restaurants can be seen bargaining with people to get them through the doors.
The area is brimming with places to eat: from curry and bagels to fried chicken, Mexican and French cuisine, street stalls, and cafés.
But official figures show that nearly one third of the 57 restaurants inspected by the Food Standards Authority (FSA) in 2015 failed to meet satisfactory hygiene standards.
According the the body, 20 venues on Brick Lane’s busy half-mile-long strip failed to meet satisfactory hygiene standards.
A zero rating indicates “urgent” changes are needed, while five is exemplary. The body does not recommend people eat in places that score lower than three.