William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, preached his first streetside sermon outside this pub in 1865. It's 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. Kray was jailed for life and died in 1995.

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1. William Booth Statue

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A statue of the Salvation Army founder, erected near the place where he gave his first streetside sermon.

2. Trinity Green Almshouses


These poorhouses were built for injured or retired sailors in 1695. The two rows of almshouses run at right angles away from the street, facing a village…

3. Tower House

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This enormous building, now redeveloped as an apartment block, was once a hostel and then a dosshouse. Past residents include Joseph Stalin and authors…

4. East London Mosque

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This large mosque is capped with a dome and one large and two smaller minarets, each topped with a crescent moon. The exterior is relatively unadorned…

5. Whitechapel Road

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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…

6. V&A Museum of Childhood

0.62 MILES

Housed in a purpose-built Victorian-era building, this branch of the Victoria & Albert Museum is aimed at both kids (with play areas, interactive exhibits…

7. Cable Street Mural

0.63 MILES

Painted on the side of the former St George’s Town Hall (now a library), this large mural commemorates the riots that took place here in October 1936,…

8. Whitechapel Gallery

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A firm favourite of art students and the avant-garde cognoscenti, this ground-breaking gallery doesn't have a permanent collection but is devoted to…