London area of Whitechapel guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Whitechapel neighbourhood

Named after a small chapel dedicated to St Mary which was destroyed in World War II, Whitechapel is steeped in history. In the 16th century it was the site of many breweries, tanneries, foundries (including that which cast London's Big Ben) and slaughterhouses. But by the mid-18th century, Whitechapel was hampered with poverty and overpopulation, and like many places in The East End it had degenerated into classic "Dickensian" London. The gruesome Whitechapel Murders struck between 1888 and 1891, some of which were committed by the legendary serial killer Jack the Ripper, while a famous former resident was none other than the unfortunate "Elephant Man". Today Whitechapel is an ethnic melting pot with a large Bangladeshi community around Brick Lane. Despite gentrification and the addition of the excellent Whitechapel Art Gallery, the area is still quite poor - as exemplified in Whitechapel Road's bottom-rung location on the Monopoly board.

See our recommended nearby Whitechapel Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Whitechapel Hotels

in or near Whitechapel
Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
5 Cavell Street, E1
Perfectly located in the heart of the East End, this new generation Holiday Inn offers a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the ... More
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
335-337 Old Street, EC1V
Prison cells are VIP booths in the bar at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, a 128 room hotel in the Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, opposite ... More
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
Patriot Square, E2
The Town Hall building in Bethnal Green has been beautifully restored creating a unique designer hotel which fuses old and new. With a mix of bedrooms, ... More

Whitechapel Entertainment

in or near Whitechapel
The Old Truman Brewery
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
91 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
Popular with the Shoreditch crowd on the weekends, The Old Truman Brewery houses more than 200 small, creative businesses, a bar and several areas for hire. ... More
Genesis Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
93-95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, Whitechapel, London E1
Originally the Paragon Music Hall, built in 1885, Genesis Cinema is east London's oldest cinema. Located between Whitechapel and Stepney Green tube stations, the independent cinema ... More
Bishopsgate Institute
London > Entertainment > Classical Music
230 Bishopsgate, Whitechapel, London EC2M
Built in 1891-94 by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Bishopsgate Institute's facade has a theme of arts and crafts. Inside you will find 19th century tiling, a ... More

Whitechapel Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Whitechapel
Spitalfields City Farm
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Buxton Street, Whitechapel, London E1
There's loads to do at the 1.3 acre Spitalfields City Farm. Come and meet Bayleaf the donkey and Bentley the goat - just a few of ... More
Idea Store Whitechapel
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
321 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1
More than a library, the Idea Store in Whitechapel brings together adult learning, training and meeting areas, as well as a focus on the local history ... More
Whitechapel Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Whitechapel, Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned both for the beauty ... More

Whitechapel Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Whitechapel
Brick Lane Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
Brick Lane Market is pure East End London, which means Jewish bagel shops, Bangladeshi curry houses, Indian sari silks - and Cockneys crying out their wares. ... More
The Laundry Room
London > Shopping > 3 Fournier Street, Whitechapel, London E1
The Laundry Room presents its very first Christmas Pop-Up Shop, taking place on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December 2011 in east London. Housed on the ground floor ... More
Oh Baby London!
London > Shopping > Baby Care
162 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
Designer baby clothes. Selling garments such as playsuits, bodyvests, t-shirts, jeans, tights, dresses, hats, hoodies and fake fur jackets. They concentrate on offering clothes that are ... More

Whitechapel Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Whitechapel London?
New Tayyab
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
83 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1
North Indian cuisine. Tables on patio. ... More
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
83 - 89 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1
You can tell from the queue that regularly forms just inside the door that this place offers something above the average. A highly rated and highly ... More
Clifton Brick Lane
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
1 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1
It takes great things for a restaurant to defy the standard East End curry house formula and stand out. The Clifton has triumphed with a modicum ... More

Whitechapel Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Whitechapel.
Leman Street Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31 Leman Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Between Wapping and Aldgate is the Leman Street Tavern , a 1.5 million pound pub that's owned by the Geronimo Inns group ... More
Taproom by Bethnal Green
London > Nightlife > Pubs
Malcolm Place, Railway Arch 162, Whitechapel, London E2
Taproom by Bethnal Green presents an extensive range of craft beers from South London's independent breweries . Brews from local independents are ... More
The Old George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
379 Bethnal Green Road, Whitechapel, London E2
Sitting at the heart of Bethnal Green Road, The Old George is a beautifully restored London boozer, originally built in the 1700s. With a large emphasis ... More

Whitechapel Nightlife

Whitechapel clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
The Vibe Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
Vibe Bar manages to be both chilled out and cutting edge. Located inside the Truman Brewery on trendy Brick Lane, you can come here to drink ... More
Smiths Spitalfields
London > Nightlife > Bars
109 Commercial Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Inspired by its sister bar, the long-standing Smiths of Smithfield, Smiths Spitalfields follows in its famous sibling's footsteps as an all-day dining venue celebrating the best ... More
Shoreditch House
London > Nightlife > Bars
Ebor Street, Whitechapel, London E1
In a former tea warehouse in the part of town where the City meets the East End you'll find another off-shoot from Soho House founder Nick ... More

Whitechapel Leisure

Whitechapel gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
L!FE Shoreditch
London > Leisure > The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
Spread over three floors L!FE is a unique space within The Old Truman Brewery where yoga, food and music sit side-by-side. ... More
All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
London > Leisure > Activities
95 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
The third of these increasingly popular 1950s retro-America style bowling alleys opened in late 2008 to much critical acclaim. Located in the Old Truman Brewery on ... More
Tower Bridge Health and Fitness Club
London > Leisure > 45 Prescot Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Free to use for all hotel residents, the Tower Bridge Health and Fitness Club boasts a range of luxury fitness and spa services. The fully equipped ... More

Whitechapel Education

in or near Whitechapel
Academy Drama School
London > Education > Arts and Drama
189 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1
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Whitechapel Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Whitechapel.
Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Whitechapel, London E1
Built in 1729, Nicholas Hawksmoor's Christ Church creation was declared dangerous and closed in 1956. Vigorous campaigning, from the poet Sir John Betjeman among others, eventually ... More
Coopers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Devonshire Sq, Broadgate, Whitechapel, London EC2M
... More
Cityside Training and Conference Centre Ltd
London > Business > Venue Hire
Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, Whitechapel, London E1
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