Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Both Big Ben (1858) and Philadelphia's Liberty Bell (1752) were cast at the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. It also cast a new bell for New...
Fieldgate St Great Synagogue
Directly behind the East London Mosque is the now defunct Fieldgate St Great Synagogue, built in 1899.
East London Mosque
Within a few minutes’ walk of Whitechapel tube station you’ll find the large East London Mosque.
Perennially popular, the Rhythm Factory is a club and venue hosting a variety of bands, comedians and DJs of all genres who keep the...
This buzzing (OK, crowded) Punjabi restaurant is in another league to its Brick Lane equivalents. Seekh kebabs, masala fish and other...
Whitechapel Road information
The East End’s main thoroughfare hums with a constant cacophony of Asian, African, European and Middle Eastern languages, its busy shops and market stalls selling everything from Indian snacks to Nigerian fabrics and Turkish jewellery, as the area’s multitudinous ethnic groupings rub up against each other more or less comfortably. It’s a chaotic and poor place, but it’s full of life.
Within a few minutes’ walk of Whitechapel tube station you’ll pass the enormous East London Mosque and, directly behind it, the now defunct Fieldgate St Great Synagogue , built in 1899. Further down Fieldgate St, oversized Tower House was once a hostel and then a dosshouse, but is now a redeveloped apartment block. Past residents include Joseph Stalin and authors Jack London and George Orwell. The latter described it in detail in Down and Out in Paris and London (1933).
Whitechurch Rd morphs into Mile End Rd at the intersection with Cambridge Heath Rd, but just before it does you'll find the Blind Beggar . William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, preached his first sermon outside this pub in 1865; there's a statue to his memory near the beginning of Mile End Rd. The pub is also famous as the place where notorious gangster Ronnie Kray shot and killed George Cornell in 1966 during a turf war over control of the East End’s organised crime. He was jailed for life and died in 1995.
It's worth strolling 150m along Mile End Rd to take a look at the Trinity Green Almshouses . Built for injured or retired sailors in 1695, the two rows of almshouses run at right angles away from the street, facing a lawn and a central chapel with a clock tower.