Whitechapel/Brick Lane

An avant-garde attitude pervades in Whitechapel, a centrally located London neighborhood that makes no apologies.

Supporting an alternative scene within the heart of the city, Whitechapel often challenges established norms. Both classic and cutting edge, Whitechapel is home to well-attended mosques, historical buildings like the Royal London Hospital, and avant-garde movements spearheaded by world-renowned museums like Whitechapel Art Gallery. The neighborhood embodies struggle, survival, and success—its tumultuous past and endearingly sooty exterior cannot overshadow the achievements of its staid residents and unflinching creativity.

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On the Map

Whitechapel/Brick Lane is within LB of Tower Hamlets and bordered by Shadwell, Wapping, Bethnal Green, Stepney, Shoreditch, City of London, and LB of Hackney

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

The London Eye: 35 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 12 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 90 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 70 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 23 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 32 minutes on the tube

A Multi-Cultural and Artistic Community

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A diverse community calls Whitechapel home.

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London's largest Bangladeshi population lives in Whitechapel.

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London Metropolitan University's Art School and Students' Union is based in Whitechapel, and a healthy mix of students also contribute to the neighborhood's thriving culture.

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Residents embrace the color of Whitechapel.

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From its storefronts to its murals, artistic expression speaks loudly in the neighborhood.

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And for that, residents adore Whitechapel.

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Culturally rich doesn't even begin to describe how exciting and diverse the neighborhood is, we didn't have to wonder very far to see a lot, almost no need for a guide book, it’s all around you. We’ll be back to see to see the rest on our next trip to London."

Matija

Visited in 2012

Time for Shopping

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Whitechapel hosts a thriving street market on Whitechapel Road.

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The market is open Monday through Saturday and is a popular stop for locals.

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You can find anything at the market.

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Fresh fruit and vegetables sidle up table-side with DVDs and household commodities.

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The colors of the market extend to Whitechapel's high street shops.

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Pixel
Located in London's coolest area, home to world famous fashion designers, artists, and creative agencies...[Also home to] magical Spitalfield, London's oldest market established by the Huguenots in 1685, and now a 7 day a week destination."

Time for Art

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The Whitechapel Art Gallery showcases modern masters and contemporary art throughout its famed galleries.

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Whether you're hungry for art or hungry for lunch, the gallery and its dining room will satiate both cravings.

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The Old Truman Brewery hosts creative events and business exhibitions.

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The location is great for sightseeing and you won't need a car with excellent transport links and lots of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars nearby. Brick Lane, Shoreditch, Hoxton, and Liverpool Street (with direct train links to Stansted Airport) are all only a few minutes walk away. Perfect for sampling London's vibrant urban culture."

Time Along Brick Lane: A Feast for All the Senses

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Famous for its graffiti and street art, Brick Lane beckons outdoor art enthusiasts and large scale expressionists to wander its sidewalks and ponder its wall space.

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Curry houses line Brick Lane.

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Brick Lane flaunts coffee shops and sweet spots, but it's perhaps most revered for its bagel bakeries.

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Beigel Bake is open 24-hours a day. Do as the locals do and queue up after a long night out to order the shop's famous salt beef bagel.

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Lose yourself for hours in Brick Lane's vintage stores.

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The neighbourhood is very mixed - a residential area between the former docks of Wapping and the former light industry and textile manufacturing neighbourhoods of East London."

Time for Worship

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Whitechapel is home to one of the UK's largest Muslim communities. Worshippers visit the East London Mosque by the thousands.

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Great location, close to several tube stations, colorful and exciting neighborhood."

Alex

Visited in 2013

Architecture Around Whitechapel

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Whitechapel has a mixture of terraces, tower block housing, and modern developments.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Daniel Burman is a professional photographer based in London. Since graduating from St. Martins School of Art, he's produced creative images for artists, musicians, and other fascinating people. His work regularly appears in places like The Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, The Independent, and The Times.

Daniel Burman

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