Most tourists flock to the glamorous West End to see the usual sites, but few get to experience the real charm of London. Whitechapel is at the heart of the East End. Known in popular culture as the haunt of Jack the Ripper and the Eastenders soap opera, it's a melting pot blending old and new and people from all walks of life, reflecting the diversity that London is famous for. On this tour, you will eat delicious food, discover unusual art and learn more about Whitechapel's sometimes gruesome history.
Royal London Hospital, The Blind Beggar Pub, East London Mosque, Booth Memorial, Genesis Cinema
Starting point is at the Aldgate East Underground station on Whitechapel Road. If you are coming from central London, the station can be reached using the District (Green) line from Embankment. From Leicester Square, take the Picadilly (Blue) line, change at King's Cross to the Hammersmith & City (Pink) line and alight at Aldgate East Station.
The Number 15 bus towards Blackwall from Covent Garden, Charing Cross or Aldwych takes you directly to the Aldgate East station in 30 minutes.
The 67 bus towards Aldgate from Shoreditch High Street in East London will take you directly to the station too.
From Canary Wharf or Canada Water, take the Number 135 bus towards Old Street and alight at Aldgate East.
Places to stop along the way:
Exmouth Coffeehouse, Whitechapel Gallery, The Blind Beggar Pub, Bombay Grill
Best time to walk:
Late morning to afternoon.
Stick to the pavements and be careful when crossing the street.
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