Whitechapel is an area of East London which has become famous for its incredible diversity and eclectic mix of attractions. With such a close proximity to the docklands, the district became popular with workers back in the Victorian era and has only grown in character and popularity ever since. With a large Jewish and Bangladeshi community, there’s plenty to see in Whitechapel, an area of Boutique Hotels, great street food, amazing culture and great shops. Below you can find a list of some of the best things to do in the Whitechapel area.
Jack the Ripper Tour
Jack the Ripper, the infamous anonymous serial killer of Victorian London used to lurk the streets of Whitechapel in the late 1880’s, terrorising the then red light district of the area. These days, you can take a tour led by professional Jack the Ripper experts who will walk you through the streets and to the sites of the grizzly murders which took place. What’s more, the Jack the Ripper tour has brought to life the horrendous murders through its Ripper Vision and state of the art projectors. For anyone with an interest in the truly macabre history of the city whilst also wanting to see the hidden depths of the city, then this tour is for you.
Brick Lane is located in Shoreditch, and is one of the best areas for vintage clothes shopping and quick yummy food in the city. With the unbeatable Beyond Retro in close proximity as well as a broad range of independent fashion boutiques, Brick Lane is unbeatable when it comes to great value and trendy clothes. What’s more, just off Brick Lane you can find the popular Old Truman Brewery courtyard. Here visitors will find a whole host of bars, record shops and vintage stalls all set within the old Truman Brewery area of London.
For all the fashionistas out there, Spitalfields market is unbeatable when it comes to quick and easy accessories and clothing. The vast range of wears on offer in Spitalfields market include the unique “cross and broken-hearted cards”, which are unique as greetings and birthday cards makers in the fact that all of their abstract and modern art designs and statements are grown up and honest. For instance with statements like “no one smells like you” summing up the bubbling of a new relationship. Other great stalls include WISUMO, who create beautiful womenswear, which combine innovation with functionality. The designs are created by designer Enuvie Orere’s meticulous designs and are sure to impress the trendsetters out there. What’s more, the Spitalfields Market is located very close to the Montcalm Chiswell Street.
Asian cuisine in Whitechapel
With the Brick Lane area being a hot spot for the local Bangladeshi community, it’s not surprising that so many curry houses have cropped up in the area. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more upmarket than your average Indian Takeaway on the way back from a night out then Whitechapel still has a lot to offer. These include the amazing Lahore and Café Spice Namaste. Although you may find it hard to break off from the amazing Brewery Restaurant
The Whitechapel Gallery was founded in 1901 and was known at the time as being one of the first public galleries in London. One of the draws to the Whitechapel Gallery is that it has an extensive history of community and outreach projects, making it art which is accessible to most of the general public. On top of exhibitions that are of interest to the local community, the gallery is known for creating unique retrospectives as well as exhibits for contemporary artists.