Anyone that has spent any time strolling around Brick Lane and Shoreditch on a sunny Sunday will undoubtedly have come across the Boundary Estate.
Lying just east of Shoreditch High Street and to the north of Bethnal Green Road, what now looks like a series of mansion blocks is actually the country's first proper council estate.
In 1890 London County Council embarked on a slum clearance programme of the Old Nichol, which included the Friars Mount slum.
Having served as an inspiration to a number of authors - including Arthur Morrison who wrote A Child of the Jago (which I admit I haven't read, but I know is the name of a nearby shop selling all sorts of glorious things) - the council decided to knock down the existing housing and build a series of social dwellings for the residents.
In the middle of the estate is Arnold's Circus - a bandstand built from the rubble of the existing slum. A refurbishment of this was completed by Tower Hamlets council last year and numerous events are now held there.
More information can be found at The Friends of Arnold Circus website here.
Going back to 1900, when the estate was finished - the re-homing didn't work out quite how LCC imagined. Those suffering the worst poverty were forced to move further east and north to Bethnal Green and Dalston, with the properties occupied by the poorer, but nevertheless more middle class people, who could afford to live there.
Today the council has brought much of estate (which is Grade II listed, along with the bandstand) up to decent homes standard.
Though in some instances you can still imagine what it might have been like 100 years ago.