Living here

A location that's going places

The best of London starts with and surrounds Whitechapel. Architecture, shopping and picnicking in parks. The best universities and the outstanding schools. Culture, community and curiosities. It's all here in E1.

Whitechapel has lots of great independent restaurants offering a wide range of global cusines, while Brick Lane's mile-long stretch of curry houses and beigel bakeries is a short walk away.

The area also has a thriving cocktail bar scene along with plenty of traditional pubs that ooze East End character and history.

Historic Whitechapel Gallery has hosted works by Picasso, Pollock and Kahlo and continues to push artistic boundaries in its contemporary exhibitions. Wilton Music Hall is the oldest of its kind in the world, with a regular schedule of music and theatre events. The area also has a number of independent and mainstream cinemas, including East London indie favourite, the Genesis.

Whitechapel's vibrant and diverse street market is a great place to buy fresh fruit, exotic vegetables and spices from Monday to Saturday. Spitalifields Market is a 15-minute walk away (a one-stop for art, fashion, music and food), and for day-to-day necessities there's a Sainsbury's Superstore on your doorstep.

Also in the area

Whitechapel's Idea Store is London's second most popular library after The British Library, while the new Royal London Hospital building is the largest hospital in Europe.

The area has a number of small parks and playgrounds with plans for more green spaces set out in the Whitechapel Vision.