National Geographic : 2012 Aug
THE MIXING BOWL OF EAST LONDON contains young, old, rich, poor, gay, straight, and everything in between. The A1 barbershop on Commercial Road (above) caters mostly to customers from Pakistan and Bangladesh. At day's end young professionals in the Canary Wharf financial district relax over drinks (top left). The Joiners Arms Gay Night takes place at Cordy House, an event space in Shoreditch (left). "There's less tension than one would expect," says Geoff Mulgan, former director of the Young Foundation, which creates pro- grams to address social issues in East London. "It's healthy, the opposite of ghettoization." There is the crackle of energy, the jazz of diversity; it's a bazaar to pick and choose from according to your taste, mood, and wallet.