4 star modern hotel
261 - 267 Commercial Road, Whitechapel, E1 2BTShow on map
In the centre of trendy Shoreditch, visitors will find the Holiday Inn Commercial Road which is a 4 star, 133 room hotel. You can have the chance to explore a number of shops, bars and restaurants in the area... Read More »
Apartment - classic modern
58 Commercial Road, Aldgate, E1 1LPShow on map
Marlin Apartments are situated along the trendy Commercial Road, close to Aldgate tube station and only 2 or 3 minutes walk from the Aldgate Tower. The apartment units are superbly appointed, with bright... Read More »
4 star urban cool hotel
42 Adler Street, Whitechapel, E1 1EEShow on map
Scheduled to open early 2014 in Whitechapel Following the success of the Qbic Amsterdam we now have the London opening scheduled for early 2014. If its anything like the Amsterdam Version (World Trade Centre)... Read More »
3 star classic hotel
12 Osborn Street, Algate East, Aldgate, E1 6TEShow on map
"Affordable budget accommodation in the City of London" The City Hotel is in East London, close to the City, it is ideal for travellers and holiday makers who want a budget hotel with easy access to... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
5 Commercial Street, Aldgate, E1 6BFShow on map
"convenient if you are doing business in the City of London" Ibis London City hotel is a modern, economy London hotel that is convenient if you are doing business in the City of London or Docklands as well as... Read More »
3 star modern hotel
24-26 Prescot Street, Whitechapel, E1 8BBShow on map
Hotel Information This 3-Star modern hotel is conveniently located for Central London, the City of London and Docklands, via the Docklands Light Railway. Premier Inn London City (Tower Hill) is 0.2 miles from... Read More »
5 star deluxe modern hotel
45 Prescot Street, Tower Hill, E1 8GPShow on map
Well situated for the City of London and Docklands, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel is 0.2 miles from Tower Gateway station, on the Docklands Light Railway, 0.3 miles from Tower Hill Underground station, on the... Read More »
87 Mansell Street, Whitechapel, E1 8APShow on map
The Tower Bridge Apartments is a 30 suite apartment block which is situated in Whitechapel, East London. The closest tube station to this property is Aldgate which is less than a 10 minute journey on foot.... Read More »
4 star contemporary hotel
142 Minories, Aldgate, EC3N 1LSShow on map
"a breath of fresh air" Hotel Indigo Tower Hill is a stylish, modern, 4-star hotel in the Aldgate area of East London, in the Square Mile, the most historic part of London and part of London's bustling... Read More »
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Whitechapel can be overwhelming for first time visitors, as soon as you leave the station, touts at the local market will vie eagerly for your attention, often in Bengali, which is one of the prominent ethnic communities in this very multicultural area of London. Part of the East End, Whitechapel has come a long way from its days of Dickensian poverty and slums, but it is still a little rough around the edges, which has made the area popular with an artistic crowd, spilling over from Bethnal Green and Shoreditch, and Whitechapel has a charm all of its own.
Originally an industrial area filled with tanneries, breweries and slaughterhouses, Whitechapel attracted the working class from rural areas who were looking for jobs, and the area soon became overcrowded and destitute, with few employment opportunities.
Whitechapel became notorious for its iniquity and at one point contained over 62 brothels. These devastating conditions led to one of Britain's most notorious murderers, Jack the Ripper, whose crimes remain unsolved to this day and who put Whitechapel on the map for all the wrong reasons; his world-wide infamy, appearances in films and novels and the ongoing mystery surrounding his identity have inspired an industry devoted to him, and you will see many tour groups in the area tracing his steps.
After this peculiar folk 'hero' murdered 11 prostitutes, politicians reacted to the following outcry by promising social reform, and it was in Whitechapel that William Booth founded The Salvation Army, a Christian organisation dedicated to helping those in need. However, Whitechapel remained poor throughout much of the 20th century and was only further gentrified in recent years.
Another notable Whitechapel resident was heavily deformed Joseph Merrick, better known as The Elephant Man, who was exhibited in a window on Whitechapel Road. There is a small museum in his former house today.
Whitechapel's recent rise in status is largely due to its cultural offerings. Close to Bethnal Green, the area is a magnet for arts students who cannot afford to pay rents closer to the city centre. The Whitechapel Gallery has also received much attention due to its fantastic programme of contemporary arts shows and events and has helped to bring the reputation of the area up.
Whitechapel is also home to Whitechapel Factory and Rhythm Factory, two famed punk venues, where bands such as The Libertines and Razorlight played before they became famous and the area has many traditional pubs, such as Carnivale and Pride of Spitalfields, where you can watch live comedy or just down a pint with a local cockney, if you can find one.
Whitechapel is up and coming on the restaurant scene, although if you were in the area you would be remiss to bypass 'curry mile' along Brick Lane, where you can find some of the best Indian food in the city.
Whitechapel has very good links to central London, with a tube station servicing the District and Hammersmith & City lines. From here you can reach King's Cross St Pancras Station for travel by Eurostar, Paddington Station for the Heathrow Express Train and Victoria Station for the Gatwick Express Train. Hotels in the area are cheaper than in central London and Whitechapel is much safer than its Jack the Ripper days, so it is a lively and interesting place to stay.