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Whitechapel Area Info

Whitechapel Area Info

Whitechapel is part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, ideally placed for access to the City, Canary Wharf, Bethnal Green and Bow. Touted as an investment hot spot with the new Cross Rail due for completion in 2018, of which Whitechapel will have a station. The new Whitechapel Crossrail station will use the existing Whitechapel Road entrance to the Whitechapel London Underground and London Overground station.

Whitechapel's population is diverse mostly consisting of families from the West Indies, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Due to its proximity to the City, Shoreditch and Hoxton the area is fast attracting interest from City professionals and creatives priced out of the more expensive neighboring areas.

One of Whitechapel's most famous landmarks is the Royal London Hospital which was originally build in 1757, currently under construction with redevelopment work set to finish in 2016 taking the building to 18 stories in total. The hospital is well known for its air ambulance service, the helicopter perched high on the roof of the building has been saving the lives of Londoner's since 1989.

Whitechapel Bell Foundry is the oldest manufacturing company in Britain. They're responsible for casting Big Ben and the Libery Bell in Philadelphia. Although the Liberty Bell cracked on the first stroke, Big Ben has proven to be well worth the £572 it cost to make.

Things To Do In Whitechapel

Whitechapel Market, on Whitechapel High Street across from the Royal London Hospital is packed with stalls offering Asian spices, jewellery and clothing. Whitechapel Gallery can be found on the same road, the building dates back to 1901 but was completed revamped in 1986. Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock have both exhibited at the gallery. Whitechapel is also recognized as one of the venues responsible for launching David Hockney and the Pop Art movement. Famously the Whitechapel Gallery held the "This is Tomorrow" exhibition in 1956. The Whitechapel gallery also hosts regular workshops and lectures. Every other year, the Whitechapel Gallery hosts the Whitechapel Open- a unique event that showcases artists exclusively from the East End of London.

Brick Lane is well worth a visit, famous for its art galleries, Indian restaurants and markets ensures a vibrant atmosphere with plenty going on. For those visiting the area, why not enlist in the 'Jack The Ripper' tour or one of the many urban London tours.

Our favourite pub in Whitechapel is The Castle, great service from friendly faces and wonderfully spacious, there are many others to choose from but The Castle is our preferred drinking hole. For the younger generation looking to take their evening into the small hours we recommend that you head to the Rhythm Factory! With drum and bass nights at the weekend, cheap drinks and a very friendly crowd, it's definitely going to be a great night!

If you are struggling to decide on where to eat, we recommend Lahore Kebab House on Umberston Street. You have to queue as they don't reserve tables, although the food is well worth the wait, hard to beat for true authentic Indian flavours and a lively atmosphere.

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History of Whitechapel

Whitechapel is steeped in rich history, from the bustling maritime industry which served the Royal Navy, the notorious killings of 'Jack the Ripper', countless bombings from German attacks and the Whitechapel High Street and market.

Whitechapel High Street and Whitechapel Road now form part of the A11, ancient history suggests that they were once part of the Roman road leading from London to Colchester, Essex. Years later travellers to and from London were accommodated along the route by the many coaching inns along Whitechapel Road.

By the late 16th century, the suburb of Whitechapel and surrounding area was known as poor London. Areas located east of Aldgate outside the City Walls and beyond official controls, attracted tanneries, breweries, foundries, slaughter and work houses.

By 1840 rapidly expanding East London had evolved, suffering problems of overcrowding, poverty, crime and widespread disease. Roads branching from Whitechapel High Street were like warrens of small dark alleys and known for filth, suffering and danger. Dorset Street which is now a private alley was once described as London's worst street.

By the Victorian era poverty stricken Whitechapel had begun to swell again from immigrants far and wide but in particular Jewish and Irish. Jewish Actor, Jacob Adler once wrote 'The further we penetrated into Whitechapel the more our hearts sank'. In October 1888 the Metropolitan Police estimated that there were 1,200 low class prostitutes in Whitechapel and about 62 brothels. The prostitutes and the brothels would become synonymous with the 'Jack The Ripper' story with many being brutally murdered.

Joseph Merrick the 'Elephant Merrick' became well know in Whitechapel after he was exhibited in a shop on the Whitechapel Road before being helped by Dr Frederick Treves at the Royal London Hospital. A museum of his life still remains in the hospital to this day.

Following the war, Whitechapel stood largely derelict and unpopulated, however housing reformation plans went ahead n the 1950's affording many Londoner's to be re-housed. Today, integrated with dynamic modern developments which have changed the face of the area, the old fashioned architecture can be seen throughout, providing a glimpse of how London used to look to the middle classes that now frequent the area.

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