History tells a grim story of Whitechapel. Jack the Ripper's haunt was a place of murder and poverty with little going for it. Today, however, it's a neighbourhood with big ideas and a regeneration plan set to complete by 2025.
Whitechapel Vision will create 3,500 homes in the area, bringing it in line with the luxury apartments of nearby Aldgate and The City. A tube station and soon-to-be-stop on the Elizabeth Line means Whitechapel will boast enviable travel connections too.
If you're thinking about moving to the East London neighbourhood of Whitechapel, you've come to the right place. Our latest London guide has everything you need to know about living in the E1 postcode, including rental prices, places to eat, things to do and more.
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Whitechapel is a district of East London and has an E1 postcode. It's located 3.5 miles to Charing Cross, meaning it's just a stone's throw away from central London. Whitechapel sits on the edges of The City and is less than a mile to the Tower of London.
The history of Whitechapel dates back to the 13th century when St Mary Matfelon was founded. The church became known as alba capella or, in other words, white chapel.
Industrialisation began in the 15th century, with the area ushering in industries like brewing, clothing and engineering over the next few hundred years. By the late 19th century, however, much of these industries had moved elsewhere, with the area sinking deeper into poverty.
The result was crime and prostitution, which gave rise to people like Jack the Ripper. The notorious serial killer is synonymous with Whitechapel and an notorious figure of London, after unsolved murders he committed in 1888.
Who lives there?
Whitechapel has a population of just over 14,000 and a median age of 29. The overwhelming majority of residents rent their homes, with only 11% classed as owner-occupiers. Proximity to The City is a big draw for many renters.
Renting in Whitechapel
Expect to find a range of apartment types in Whitechapel, from Georgian houses that are now flats to warehouse conversions. A growing number of new builds are springing up in the area, too, as Whitechapel continues to see investment of those 3,500 new homes.
A one-bedroom apartment at the lower end of the market will cost around £1,100 per month, while new builds can range from £1,500 to £1,800. Two-bedroom homes average £1,500 per month, and three-bed-and-up properties go on the market from £1,650.
Whitechapel enjoys convenient transport connections thanks to a stop on the District and Hammersmith & City lines. Overground trains go straight to Canada Water, which is just one stop from Canary Wharf on the DLR. It's also set to have a stop on the Elizabeth Line. Whitechapel is located in Zone 2
There is an eclectic mix of flavours to experience in Whitechapel, with culinary options from all over the world. But if you fancy an old fashioned English breakfast, Grounded has you covered with its fresh coffee and locally-sourced organic ingredients.
Sample some of the finest Punjabi cuisines around at Zaiqa. The family-run restaurant has been established in Whitechapel for more than 30 years and is a big hit with local residents.
Efes Turkish Restaurant
Mediterranean delights are on offer at Efes Restaurant, an authentic Turkish spot in the heart of Whitechapel. Tuck into tasty recipes that include aromatic and traditional flavours of Turkey.
Things to do in Whitechapel
Known as the "artists' gallery for everyone", Whitechapel Gallery is a public art gallery with a range of exhibitions and works. Embrace your culture vulture and discover contemporary art, as well as classics from the past.
Tower of London
Less than a mile away from Whitechapel, you will find the Tower of London. The iconic tower is one of the capital's largest tourist attractions, and a visit here is the chance to see a historic building that dominates London's skyline.
Jack the Ripper Museum
You can't live in Whitechapel without exploring its bloody past. At the Jack the Ripper Museum, you can recreate the London setting in which the unsolved murders of one of the world's most infamous killers took place while discovering Whitechapel's shady past.
Moving to Whitechapel
With a central location that offers affordable rents, it's easy to see why Whitechapel appeals to so many. Regeneration may very well bring price rises in the next few years. But if you're living in Whitechapel, you can enjoy a neighbourhood with great travel connections, an eclectic mix of restaurants and a location that's a hop and a skip away from London's prime postcodes.