Whitechapel Gallery  

 
 
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77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London E1 7QX
 
 
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Whitechapel GalleryDesigned 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 of its light, airy space and for embracing the local community in its work. Founded in 1901, extensive refurbishment saw the gallery, reopened in April 2009, double in size. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. The Pop Art 'This is Tomorrow' exhibition of 1956 is often hailed as the gallery's most iconic event, although there are a number of other exhibitions worthy of note. Picasso's 'Guernica' was displayed here in 1938, Jackson Pollock had work exhibited at the gallery in the 1950s, David Hockney's first show was held here in 1970 and Lucian Freud had a major exhibition in 1993. With its pillared supports and high ceilings, The Lower Gallery, in particular, is a fantastic exhibition space. The expansion means the Whitechapel has a number of new exhibition spaces offering a fantastic backdrop for corporate and private events. Renowned chef Angela Hartnett has also taken over the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, which relaunched in January 2011.

 

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196 Bishopsgate Serviced Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment   from £223  28% off
196 Bishopsgate, EC2M | 8 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £67  39% off
7 Pepys Street, EC3N | 9 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
The brand new purpose built DoubleTree Hotel Tower of London is a few minutes walk from Tower Hill and Fenchurch Street stations. With iMac entertainment systems ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £43  32% off
5 Cavell Street, E1 | 10 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
 
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Fotografiska London
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
The White Chapel Building, 10 Whitechapel High Street, E1 | 3 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
Showing up to seven exhibitions at one time, all of which are accessible with one entry ticket, Fotografiska London follows the successful model ... More
 
 
 
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Electric Blue Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
64 Middlesex Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
The Electric Blue Gallery gallery, co-owned by Jessica Tibbles and Olivier Bernay, opened in January 2009. By February, Wallpaper* magazine was calling the launch "a highlight ... More
 
 
 
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71a Gallery
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
71a Leonard Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 16 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
71a is a gallery and events space in East London hosting everything from film screenings to exhibitions and parties to panels.... More
 
 
 
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Brick Lane
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 3 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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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Goodman's Fields
London > Attractions >
54 Leman Street, E1 | 4 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
A pretty, pedestrianised square with a water feature and bronze horses galloping down the middle, Goodman's Fields is a focal point for local residents and workers ... More
 
 
 
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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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The Return Of The Spirit In Painting
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 23rd to 27th Sep 2020 - Various Times
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 | Same location as Whitechapel Gallery
Works by artists in a series of shows curated by Nicholas Serota after the landmark 1981 exhibition A New Spirit In Painting at the Royal Academy ...More
 
 
 
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Nalini Malani: Can You Hear Me'
London > Events > Exhibitions  Dates: 23rd September 2020 to 1st May 2021 - Various Times
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 | Same location as Whitechapel Gallery
The Indian's artist's first UK commission is a multi-layered, immersive installation inspired by the violent death of a child in India, comprising 88 overlapping hand-drawn animations, ...More
 
 
 
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Curzon Aldgate
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Goodman's Fields, 2 Canter Way, E1 | 3 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
Part of an upmarket development, Goodman's Fields, Curzon Aldgate is a new-build cinema in the East End. Enter through the lounge/bar with its leather sofas ... More
 
 
 
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The Old Truman Brewery
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
91 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 7 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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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Dabbers Social Bingo
London > Entertainment >
13-22 Houndsditch, EC3A | 7 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
The UK's first immersive modern bingo hall, Dabbers Social Bingo revitalises the iconic British pastime with a theatrical drinking, dining and entertainment experience. Cups of ... More
 
 
 
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Petticoat Lane Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Between Middlesex and Goulston Streets, Spitalfields, London E1 | 4 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
Petticoat Lane is London's world famous Sunday market and sells mainly clothes for men, women and children, from street-cred clubwear to over-orders of designer goods and ... More
 
 
 
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The Laundry Room
London > Shopping >
3 Fournier Street, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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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Brick Lane Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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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Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London E1 | Same location as Whitechapel Gallery
Angela Hartnett, a former protégé of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey, takes the reins at the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, which relaunched in January 2011. While Hartnett ... More
 
 
 
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Townsend
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Shadwell, E1 | Same location as Whitechapel Gallery
Named after Charles Harrison Townsend, the architect of the grade II listed Whitechapel Gallery in which it sits, ... More
 
 
 
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Clifton Brick Lane
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
1 Whitechapel Road, Tower Hamlets, London E1 | 1 minute from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
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Workers' Educational Association
London > Education > Evening Classes
4 Luke Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A | 14 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
National charity for adult learning which also runs an excellent selection of theatre, literature, history and politics evening classes.... More
 
 
 
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The Making Space
London > Education > Evening Classes
10 Sunbury Workshops, Swanfield Street, Shoreditch, London E2 | 15 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
Learn some crafty manouveurs at Making Space where classes on mask making, glass engraving, pyrography (burning patterns into wood or leather), chainmail knitting, and book hollowing ... More
 
 
 
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Mimo London
London > Education > Cookery Courses
1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, SE1 | 21 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
In a historic building next to Borough Market, husband and wife team Jon and Nicole Warren have set up the second branch of Mimo, their cookery ... More
 
 
 
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Tower Bridge Health and Fitness Club
London > Leisure >
45 Prescot Street, Tower Hamlets, London E1 | 6 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
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All Star Lanes, Brick Lane
London > Leisure > Activities
95 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, London E1 | 7 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
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L!FE Shoreditch
London > Leisure >
The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 | 7 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
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Leman Street Tavern
London > Nightlife > Pubs
31 Leman Street, E1 | 3 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
Between Wapping and Aldgate is the Leman Street Tavern , a 1.5 million pound pub that's owned by the Geronimo Inns group ... More
 
 
 
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The George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Liverpool Street, City, London EC2M | 9 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
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The Crown and Shuttle
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
226 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, London E1 | 11 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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
 
 
 
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Discount Suit Company
London > Nightlife > Bars
29A Wentworth Street, Petticoat Lane Market, E1 | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
In a former suit tailor's storeroom on Wentworth Street near Petticoat Lane you'll find the Discount Suit Company. No longer a place ... More
 
 
 
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Milroy's of Spitalfields
London > Nightlife > Bars
76 Commercial Street, E1 | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
London's oldest whisky specialists, Milroy's of Soho, established in 1964, headed east for their second site, Milroy's of Spitalfields, ... More
 
 
 
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Jin Bo Law
London > Nightlife > Bars
Dorsett City London, 9 Aldgate High Street, EC3N | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
Located on the 14th floor of the Dorsett City London, Jin Bo Law offers unrivalled views of the City of London and beyond. Guests seated on ... More
 
 
 
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Christ Church Spitalfields
London > Business > Venue Hire
2 Fournier Street, Broadgate, Spitalfields, London E1 | 5 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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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Coopers' Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Devonshire Sq, Broadgate, City, London EC2M | 7 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
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Wilton's Music Hall
London > Business > Venue Hire
1 Grace's Alley, (Off Ensign Street), Tower Hamlets, London E1 | 8 minutes from Whitechapel Gallery
In the nineteenth century, Wilton's Music Hall was a great mirrored hall lit by a vast chandelier, with 27,000 crystals and 300 gas jets. Opera, operetta, ... More
 
 
 
 

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C-O-N-T-A-C-T
Theatre | Until 10th October 2020 

The Monument 15 minutes walk from Whitechapel Gallery

Use your own smartphone and headphones for the UK premiere of Mathilde Moulin and WEF Productions' immersive theatre and sensorial ...More

Talking Heads: The Outside Dog & The Hand Of God
Theatre | Until 26th September 2020 

Bridge Theatre 17 minutes walk from Whitechapel Gallery

For the second double bill of Alan Bennett's monologues, originally broadcast on BBC One in June and now staged live, ...More

An Evening With An Immigrant
Theatre | Until 15th October 2020 

Bridge Theatre 17 minutes walk from Whitechapel Gallery

Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams writes and performs his own immigrant story, told through poems, stories and anecdotes with ...More

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Attraction | Until 31st December 2022 

The Shard 19 minutes walk from Whitechapel Gallery

London looks like a city in miniature from The View From The Shard which at 244 metres tall is the ...More

 
The View from The Shard
The View from The Shard
Tours | Next performance 26th September 2020 

The Shard 19 minutes walk from Whitechapel Gallery

The View from The ShardAt almost twice the height of any other viewing platform in London, The View from The ...More

 
 
 
 
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