Whitechapel is a vibrant, multicultural district in the East End situated in the heart of the city. Home to many artists, designers, musicians, fashion designers, it’s rich and diverse history mixed with with an eclectic scene makes Whitechapel one of the most buzzing places to live in London.
Whist most associate the area with dark stories of Jack the Ripper, the Salvation Army was started on Whitechapel road by William Booth in the 1870’s. Ironically Booth’s community work was conducted outside the same very pub (The Blind Beggar) that notorious gangsters, the Kray twins would wind down in after a hard day’s work.
Whitechapel couldn’t be more more connected if it tried, with the city on your doorstep, and Shoreditch within a stone’s throw. It is an excellent location just 5 minutes from Whitechapel Underground and Overground Stations and Shadwell DLR. Bethnal Green Underground Station, Brick Lane, Liverpool Street, Hackney and Shoreditch are within a short walking distance. The area is served by the N253, N205 and 25 night buses coming from Hackney, Soho/Holborn, Shoreditch and Old Street which are very convenient after a night out. It is an excellent location for anyone who works and wishes to explore East and Central London on foot as well as cycling, with the Cycle Superhighway 2 connecting direct to Stratford and the City
The area is within a short distance from Spitalfields Market, Columbia Flower Market, Shoreditch, Broadway Market and Old Street for exploring after work and over the weekends, and on your doorstep you have Whitechapel market for a truly diverse and vibrant shopping experience, and catch a film at your local arthouse cinema Genesis showing blockbuster and independent films.
For foodies, or anyone who enjoys eating, head to legendary and local favourite Punjabi Restaurant Tayyabs. BYOB and has been featured in Time out, every year since its humble opening in 1972! For craft beer, burgers and shakes, Dirty Burger/Chicken Shop is excellent, and even has a bring your own vinyl policy. For the best Coffee, that is independently run and hand roasted on site, go to Exmouth Coffee Company on Whitechapel High street, they also serve an impressive selection of homemade cakes, salads and sandwiches.
For art lovers, just a short walk away, Whitechapel Gallery Founded in 1901 to ‘bring great art to the people of the East End of London’ shows some of the most exciting exhibitions in London complete with a fantastic book shop, archive room and café. And tucked away just off Cambridge Heath Road in Herald Street, there are many more contemporary art galleries for you to choose from.
And if the hustle and bustle gets too much and you crave some local greenery, Weavers Fields, Bethnal Green garden, Museum Gardens and Stepney Green Park are all a short walk, and not forgetting East London’s best open space, Victoria Park being a short bus journey away.
If all this doesn’t make you want to move to Whitechapel today, watch this space for a more in depth look into the offerings of the eclectic East End district.