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
Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
45 Prescot Street, E1
The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel combines luxury accommodation and events facilities, making it a great choice for your stay whether it's business or leisure oriented. Within ... More
196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
196 Bishopsgate, EC2M
From studio apartments to one and two beds, 196 Bishopsgate offers a full range of self-catering flats that give you more independence than a hotel. Apartments ... 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
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
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

Whitechapel Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Whitechapel
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
Brick Lane
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
London's own "Curry Mile", Brick Lane is home to so much more than first-rate spiced food, it also plays host to Jewish bagel shops, Indian sari ... More
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

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
Sunday (UP) Market at the Old Truman Brewery
London > Shopping > Markets
91 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1
For all you fashion and flavour-istas out there, here's another stop-off on your list. This market is a treasure trove of jewellery, vintage clothes, handbags, accessories, ... More

Whitechapel Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Whitechapel London?
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
New Tayyab
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
83 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1
North Indian cuisine. Tables on patio. ... 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
The Crown and Shuttle
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
226 Shoreditch High Street, Whitechapel, London E1
After serving two queens and a king, surviving The Blitz and enjoying a period as a notorious strip club, The Crown and Shuttle sadly closed its ... More
The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, London EC2M
One of five different restaurants and bars within the confines of the Andaz hotel, the George is a traditional looking pub - not your typical hotel ... 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.
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
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
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
European College
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Neil House, 7 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
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