THE MILE END ROAD.
This broad thoroughfare is a continuation of the Whitechapel Road to Bow Road, and conveys a very different impression of the East End from the current one. Our view of it is taken, looking eastward, from the beginning of Cambridge Road, down which run the tram-cars to Hackney. The old public-house which occupies so conspicuous a position at the corner of the side walk is a relic of the days when the Mile End turnpike gate stood on the spot. The side walk is generally occupied by costermongers harrows, and one particular shell-fish stall, pitched there from time immemorial, is almost as well known as the Vine Tavern. On the left of the road are some picturesque almshouses, the Paragon Theatre, the great Assembly Hall. and the People's Palace.
source: The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896