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Whitechapel Road, London

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Whitechapel Road is a major arterial road in Whitechapel, Tower Hamlets, in the East End of London. It is named after a small chapel of ease dedicated to St Mary and connects Aldgate to the west (as Whitechapel High Street) with Mile End Road to the east. The road is part of the historic Roman Road from London to Colchester, now the A11.The road had become built up by the 19th century and is now a main shopping district in the Whitechapel area. There is an established street market along the road next to Whitechapel tube station. The Whitechapel Bell Foundry and the Royal London Hospital have been based on Whitechapel Road since the 18th century. It remains an important road and is marked with bus lanes, with limited parking.Several ethnic minority communities have centred on Whitechapel Road. The road was a focal point of the Jewish Community from the 1850s to the 1930s, with many Jewish shops and market stalls. Towards the latter part of the 20th century, the street became an established settlement of the British Bangladeshi community, who now sell a range of authentic Asian food and clothes in the market and on shop fronts. Altab Ali Park sits on the site of the original church at the western end of Whitechapel Road, and is a memorial to an Asian worker who suffered a fatal racial attack in 1978.
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  • I used to go to the market a lot when I lived in London it was a Bangladeshi / Indian street so obviously smelly and dirty . Nothing to buy in the shops but the market is cool . Now I went back last y...  more »
  • Very well served by several lines of bus and subway, alive and on, cosmopolitan, this area is worth a visit.
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  • It's already the second time I purposely choose the Whitechapel area as the seat of my stay in London. I had been here six months ago for the first time and I loved the book in many ways. The building where I lived was in Victorian times a brewery. The area is quiet and always busy; in the evening you can walk without correr dangers. I had previously stayed several times in areas such as South Kensington, Earls Court, Bloomsbury, all areas elegant, clean and inhabited by families of the middle and upper middle class. The area of Whitechapel instead is a popular area that in Victorian times was inhabited by peasants, workers of small industries, tanneries, breweries, abattoirs and foundries that here were located (the Bell of Big Ben in London was forged in one of these means). It also was a rough neighborhood full of prostitutes covered by murders of Jack the Ripper! Today, Whitechapel, which is the heart of the East End at the borders of the City, is a multiethnic and multicultural area that no longer has anything to do with his Victorian ancestor. Today is predominantly inhabited by Muslims, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis (here lies the East London Mosque, one of the largest in Europe, landmark of the Islamic community), as well as foreign students and young professionals who work in the neighbouring rampant City palaces, banks and gleaming skyscrapers. It is a strategic area because it is served by two metro lines (District line and Hammersmith and City line) and many buses including the No. 25 which is terminus to Oxford Circus via the Bank, Saint Paul Cathedral, passing very close to the British Museum and streets of commercial interest. There are many supermarkets where groceries: Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda, and the characteristic market which takes place from Monday to Saturday on Whitechapel road where you can buy fruit, vegetables, spices, fish, shoes, clothes, trinkets, all at reasonable prices. In the area there are plenty of stores that sell merchandise typically Asian and where you can buy eg. Indian dresses (who likes) while a 10 minute walk to the Sunday market of Petticoat Lane or Brick Lane. Right across the street from the Royal London Hospital Whitechapel meter is located, 18th-century, behind which there is the new modern hospital. In this hospital he lived permanently one who, because of his deformity, was called Elephant Man; He became a celebrity in British society of Victorian era. Ultimately recommend this area for all those who consider themselves free of cultural barriers and that you don't mess if market Street (1 km) at the end of the day is dirty ... which way wouldn't be? If you agree with this then Whitechapel is definitely the neighborhood for you!
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