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Ensconced in the thriving borough of Tower Hamlets, Whitechapel has an infamous history but is now a hub of modern day activity. Similar to many areas of East London, Whitechapel is close to both the financial district and the West End, whilst retaining its own distinct image and identity.
Whitechapel is traditionally an area of constant reinvention, partly due to wave after wave of migrants during the 19th and 20th Centuries. This frequent adaptation has helped to build a rich cultural tapestry, which combined with more recent gentrification, has completely overhauled and enhanced the reputation of the area.
Jack the Ripper is undeniably an essential part of the history here and the famous walks to murder sites and key locations of the investigation are often scintillating and always fascinating. Additionally, Whitechapel was also the area of residence of ‘The Elephant Man’ and at the Royal London Hospital, there is now a museum documenting his life.
“Housing opportunities range from red-brick Victorian terraces and early 17th Century properties to warehouse conversions and new-build developments.”
Situated in a stunning Edwardian building designed in the 1890’s, the Whitechapel Art Gallery has championed many up and coming artists who have gone on to become world-renowned, including some Spaniard called Picasso.
Property in Whitechapel is as diverse as the areas inhabitants. Many relatively affordable housing opportunities range from red-brick Victorian terraces and early 17th Century properties to warehouse conversions and new-build developments
La Chapelle is one of East London’s most famed Michelin Star restaurants. Opened by the Galvin brothers, this restaurant has a full range of events teamed with exclusive and thrilling dishes. Conversely, a completely different type of institution can be found in E1. The Blind Beggar is an extremely famous pub due to urban folklore and its status as a Kray twin hangout and murder venue. These days the pub plays on its rich history and has been recognised as having one of the best outdoor areas in the city.
Whitechapel Bell Foundry has been on Whitechapel Road since 1738 and holds a Guinness World Record as Britain’s oldest manufacturing company. Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell were cast here and visitors can go on a fantastic tour of the premises, experiencing the ins and outs of the intricate bell-making process.
A well connected area, the tube station at Whitechapel is on the District and Hammersmith and City Lines and is also part of the London Overground network that opened in 2010. Additionally, the area is set to be part of the new Crossrail scheme due to launch in 2018.