Whitechapel is a vibrant, multicultural district in the East End of London, with many traditional pubs and curry houses. The lively Whitechapel Market, is a focal point for Asian food, discount fashion, and homewares. The cobblestone alleys here are the setting for guided walks about the 1800s Jack the Ripper murders, while the trendy Whitechapel Gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions and film screenings.
Whitechapel benefits from being well connected to the rest of London via public transport. It has multiple stations: Aldgate, Aldgate East and Tower Hill (all London Underground stations in ‘Zone 1’), Whitechapel (a London Underground and London Overground station), Shadwell and Tower Gateway (Docklands Light Railway stations) and Fenchurch Street (mainline station).
In addition, Whitechapel will be one of 38 stops along the new Crossrail line that runs from Reading to Essex. Once the line is complete in 2019, the journey from Whitechapel to Canary Wharf will be reduced from 12 minutes to 3 minutes, and the trip to Heathrow Airport to 36 minutes.
Petticoat Lane Market is one of Whitechapel’s most beloved landmarks featuring approximately, 100 stalls, mainly selling fashion, clothing and accessories. A short walk from Petticoat Lane is Whitechapel market. Stretching halfway down the high street, Whitechapel market offers an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, plus a variety of Asian cooking ingredients.
Over the last 10 years or so, the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane has been transformed with an eclectic mix of vintage stores, microbreweries and delicious wine pop-ups.
Founded in 1901, The Whitechapel Gallery was one of London’s first publicly funded exhibition spaces, and over the years has hosted some of the world’s most significant artists. Picasso’s Guernicawas displayed at the gallery on its first and only trip to the UK, and artists including Pollock and Frida Kahlo had their London debuts here. The Whitechapel Gallery remains one of London’s key venues in the contemporary art scene, hosting regular retrospective and modern, multimedia exhibitions.
Home to many much-loved animals, from rare breeds to the famous Bayleaf the Donkey, Spitalfields City farm has strong community links and is designed as a learning resource for local. Animals aside, the farm also boasts beautiful gardens, a café and a farm shop. In addition to this, they run regular events including cookery classes and the annual extravaganza of the Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race.
30 St. Mary Axe also known as The Gherkin, is a marvel of modern architecture with its glass panels and green building strategies. Mostly home to offices, it also has a number of restaurants, including Searcy’s on the highest floors of the building.