Another association which is very much alive today is with Asia. The Strangers' Home for Asiatics opened in West India Dock Road in 1890, whilst from about 1890 onwards Chinese people working for the Blue Funnel Line started to settle in Pennyfields and Limehouse Causeway, creating London's first and original Chinatown. The resulting opium and gambling dens soon attracted a wider clientele than visiting Chinese sailors, luridly described by, amongst others, Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde.


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