Whitechapel Road
Whitechapel Road
3.5

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The area
Neighborhood: Whitechapel
Whether you're here for its dynamic street life, world class galleries or famed curry houses, you're bound to be wowed by the uniquely cosmopolitan flavor of Whitechapel. Long gone are the days when Jack the Ripper stalked its streets. And despite his mysterious legacy bringing throngs of curiosity driven tour groups to its back alleys and otherwise serene garden squares, these days you're more likely to catch a cutting edge fashionista scurrying through its age old lanes than criminals of any sort.
How to get there
  • Whitechapel • 3 min walk
  • Whitechapel • 3 min walk

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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles66 reviews
Excellent
11
Very good
18
Average
26
Poor
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Terrible
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richnez
Leicestershire, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
I stayed here as there was a promotional offer on the listing The host was exceptional and cooked a lovely meal, followed by cucumber sandwiches. The shower was powerful enough, the sponge was a bit rough though, but exfoliated my skin anyway. That's enough ramble, this is real London and I urge you to experience it. I would have stayed in Oxford Street, but the hotel manager Rich (recently waxed) accused me of owing £190...
Written April 24, 2020
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smilgaki
London, UK2,428 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Saw all the negative reviews for Whitechapel Road, so had to come to its defense.

Ok, Whitechapel Road at first glance is just big and ugly and full of rubbish. However, scratch the surface and you will find that Whitechapel is pretty amazing.
Get off the main road, read up on some local history and come with some insider knowledge or someone in the know, and you will find Jack the Ripper's Victorian alleyways, great curry places, vibrant multiculturalism, hipster enclaves, some great art and the heart of the East End.

It's gritty and not very clean, but don't feel alarmed by reviews claiming it's dangerous. I've lived longer in London's East End than anywhere else, and to date haven't had any issues including walking by myself late at night. Use common sense, of course, but that applies anywhere in the world.

This is not for the standard tourist itinerary but if you want to get a taste of real London, this is a place to visit.
Written January 3, 2020
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Jim2992
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Whitechapel Road is the more eastern part of the road leading out from the City towards Stepney Green and Mile End.

The area is very well connected by Whitechapel Station so great for getting into Central London. However in and of itself there is not much to see/do on this road. The area generally feels safe though which was nice.

In particular, the market is pretty disgusting - dirty, smelly and selling a very limited range of poor quality tat to the local community; certainly not worth a visit when there are much nicer markets (Spitalfields Market, Borough Market, Columbia Road Flower Market) nearby.

The White Hart pub is worth a visit - good beers and food, but apart from this, the best thing about Whitechapel Road is its connectivity.
Written September 23, 2020
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XNKK
87 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Whitechapel in essence hasn't changed much since the 1880s.

Then it was a den of inequity, crime-ridden, filthy, trash-filled and unsafe.

As it remains now.

There is nothing to commend it and all that once lended it character in the past has now gone.

Now more like a district of Islamabad than a part of vibrant, modern London the poverty hear is grinding and it borders on menacing.

Jack the Ripper might not recognise the personnel but he'd certainly be familiar with the garbage, filth and stink.
Written August 12, 2015
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Armitage Shanks
London, UK93 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Solo
Whitechapel Road is dirty, smelly and depressing. There are no shops of any interest and the market is quite abysmal, selling very poor quality goods and save for the grubby façades of a few Victorian buildings (which are not anything very special by London standards) it has no redeeming features whatsoever.

There used to be some quite historic pubs along this road but they were all mutilated and destroyed some time ago. The Lord Rodney's Head has been closed about ten years, the Grave Maurice about five. The Black Bull about two. There is ONE place worth a look and that is the Blind Beggar (pub) where Ronald Kray shot George Cornell in the 1960s but apart from that the only thing to be seen in Whitechapel is the utter demise of the traditional population of Cockney East Enders who are now all but extinct and their rapid replacement by Muslim immigrants who know nothing about East End culture. It is all very sad.

N.B. Jack the Ripper was NOT active on Whitechapel Road... he was active on Whitechapel High Street (which is closer to the City) and in the area called Spitalfields.
Written February 11, 2013
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WMIM
Horsham, UK3,202 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
Most of the reviews here are NOT of Whitechapel Road. The ones that are mainly give a low rating. There are places of interest along it including Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel Bell Foundry (which I am due to visit soon and will review at a later date), The East London Mosque, The Royal London Hospital and 'The Blind Beggar' (an inn).
The road itself is a busy traffic artery. There are a lot of shabby-looking shops and market stalls but unless you want to visit any of the places I have mentioned, I would advise you not to venture here.
Written May 14, 2015
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Louise V
London, UK171 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
Basically, there are a lot of shabby-looking shops and market stalls but unless you want to visit any of the local places (hospital, mosque etc), I would advise you not to go here. I feel judged walking through it as a westernized girl not covering my hair, which in 2018 in London is pretty bad to be made to feel uncomfortable in this way. There are plenty of food markets in South and East London to not need to go this one (like Borough market which is a much better option)!
Written July 16, 2018
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Whitechapel in East London. traditionally a poor part of London and to be perfectly a wonder around this round and you'd think it still is. There is very little of interest for the average tourist unless they happen to really really want to see shops and stalls selling goods mainly aimed at the South Asian community that seem to make up the majority in Whitechapel. At least some of the stores serve more "generic" customers. The stalls are for locals only, unless you happen to need some South Asian clothing or fruit and veg. With our wonderfully changeable weather, it's no fun wandering down this road just to look at some local stalls.

TripAdvisor should really take tout his so called attraction. There really is nothing worth seeing for a tourist.
Written October 6, 2018
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Mintcake58
Liverpool, UK1,538 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the second least desirable property to own on the original monopoly board and anyone minded to visit will see why. It's a busy, dirty, smelly place. It has a history, if you look closely and features on walking tours of the East End and when you learn about its lively past, you may take a more positive view.
Written December 30, 2013
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Badbones
Brisbane Region, Australia379 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Couples
Don't go there with the intent to purchase anything to eat or cook as the shops are not up to scratch. The refrigerators are not up to the task of keeping fresh foods "fresh", and things such as these fish that the locals import from Bangladesh are really battling to remain in a edible state. There are better streets in the East End to spend your valuable time in. eg . around the corner in Bethnal Green or duck up to Hackney High Street on the bus.
Written July 27, 2013
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