I often take people here, especially those interested in photography. Often, they wonder "why the interest?" but in spite if their initial lack of enthusiasm, they always go home with some great photographs.
The bridge over the railway has been used in photoshoots for such writers as Iain Sinclair and Emmanuel Litvinoff, and the stairs appeared in 'Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'. In fact the arch area has been a location shoot for many movies, usually of the brit-gangster genre. 'Gangster No.1' is another film which used the desolate atmosphere of this place to good effect.
The area around the arch is almost unrecognisable from 3 years ago, as the new Overground cuts right through it, creating even more secluded walkways. One feels that the entire district is cut off from the nearby bustle of Brick Lane - even during the day, the area feels isolated.
Any psychogeographers out there?