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
ibis London City
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
5 Commercial Street, E1
Commercial Road may not be London's most picturesque location but if you want the nightlife of Old Street or the gleaming towers of the City of ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn London Commercial Road
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
 
 
 

Whitechapel Entertainment

in or near Whitechapel
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
Brady Arts Centre
London > Entertainment > 192-196 Hanbury Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Various arts courses and workshops including dance, drama, music technology, fashion and film are held at the Brady Arts and Community Centre in Tower Hamlets. The ... More
 
 
 

Whitechapel Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Whitechapel
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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
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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
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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?
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Tayyabs
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
 
 
 
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New Tayyab
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
83 Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel, London E1
North Indian cuisine. Tables on patio. ... More
 
 
 
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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.
The Archers
London > Nightlife > Pubs
42 Osborn Street, Whitechapel, London E1
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Pride of Spitalfields
London > Nightlife > Pubs
3 Heneage Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Drinking Pub ... More
 
 
 
The Castle
London > Nightlife > Pubs
44 Commercial Road, Whitechapel, London E1
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Whitechapel Nightlife

Whitechapel clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
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The Rhythm Factory
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
16-18 Whitechapel Road, Whitechapel, London E1
Scuzzy venue on the outskirts of Shoreditch which looks like a crummycafe from the outside. Walk past the crowded plastic tables and chairsand through a discreet ... More
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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.
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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
 
 
 
City Darts
London > Leisure > Games
40-42 Commercial Street, Aldgate East, Whitechapel, London E1
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London Shaolin Weng Chun Kung Fu Academy
London > Leisure > Martial Arts
82 Hanbury Street, Whitechapel, London E1
Weng Chun Kung Fu is a practical and evolving self defence system that is applicable to today's street and sport environments with the bonus of getting ... 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.
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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
 
 
 
 
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Andaz Liverpool Street
London > Business > Venue Hire
40 Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, London EC2M
Housed in one of the great Victorian station hotels, this showstopper is a mixture of meticulous nineteenth century restoration and the glittering wit of Terrence Conran's ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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