Art and Murder in Whitechapel
Start - Exmouth Coffee Company and Whitechapel Art Gallery
Hi there, my name is Yumna and I am so pleased you're touring my favourite part of the East End with me. Let the regular tourists have their West End, we are going to walk the road less taken, which is kind of my thing. And because you picked this tour, I'm guessing that's your bag too.
If you're in front of the Exmouth Coffee Company on Whitechapel High Street then you're in the right place to start this tour. Stay here while I tell you more. As a South African immigrant living in London, I was looking for a place that reminded me of my hometown Johannesburg. The minute I step onto these wide and buzzing streets, I feel right at home. This is where it's at!
Before you do anything, feel free to stop at the Exmouth Coffee Company for some fresh ingredients with lots of flavour. The flavours here perfectly mirror the cosmopolitan vibe of Whitechapel. I know a lot of cafes show customer messages on their walls, but trust me, take some time to check out the walls in this place. It's like everyone who has eaten here is a professional artist with something amazing to say.
Before we get going, let me briefly explain how VoiceMap works.
It uses your location to play audio automatically, at the right time and place. This means you can put your phone away now. Don't worry if I'm silent for a while when I'm not giving directions or telling stories. There's a map on your screen if you ever feel lost, and if you do get way off track without noticing, VoiceMap will let you know.
In between the Aldgate East Station and the Exmouth Coffee Company is the Whitechapel Gallery. This world class contemporary and modern art gallery is free. I like that price tag.
Let's get going now. With the Whitechapel Gallery on your left, start walking along Whitechapel High Street keeping to the left of the road. I'll tell you more along the way.
Touting itself as "the artist's gallery for everyone", it's open year-round and there is always something new to see. The gallery commissions art from the UK and the world, but also showcases a uniquely East London sense of culture, the diversity of the people, the juxtaposition of new and old buildings and the constant change that always seems to be happening. It really has something for everyone. The Whitechapel Gallery hosted the London debuts of Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso and Mark Rothko. Where else can you find yourself in front of an honest-to-goodness Jackson Pollock for free? Sixty years since it was first exhibited here, Pollock's "Summertime 9A" has found its way back home... And it is spectacular!
Keep going in the same direction. I'll meet you further along the road.