November 24, 2022

An evening of East End Stories in our atmospheric Victorian chapel.

East End Tales in the Secret Chapel: Historic Headlines, Community Action & Memoirs of A Cockney Sikh

Dates November 24, 2022 - November 24, 2022

Times 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Price £7.00

Location Oxford House Chapel

Join us for a special evening filled with East End stories in our ‘secret’ Victorian chapel. In this informal event you’ll hear about East London’s history led by East Enders themselves. Line up includes:


Alan Gilbey – ‘This month in East End History‘ (20 mins)

Join stand-up tour guide Alan Gilbey as he turns East London upside down and shakes it until all sorts of interesting things fall out of its pockets. This month – a forgotten Womble and a stolen theatre: a train, a tunnel, and a Tardis!  

Julie Begum – ‘ Community Action’ (20mins)

Campaigner and Swadhinata Trust co-founder Julie Begum will share stories of Bengali community activism and history in the local area.

Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh, Suresh Singh in Conversation  (45 mins) 

Suresh Singh is author of Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh, a visual autobiography which explores the story of his family who lived on Princelet Street in Spitalfields for over 70 years. Suresh became the first Punjabi punk, playing drums for Spizzenergi and touring with Siouxsie & the Banshees. A Modest Living, shares his unique story and is beautifully interwoven  with photographs, personal stories and Sikh recipes by Jagir Kaur.  Suresh will be talking about his extraordinary  family history, growing up in the East End and his eclectic life as an East End Punjabi Punk.

A Modest Living, Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh’, will be available for purchase at the event and is also available from Spitalfields Life Bookshop.