A Guide To... Whitechapel

Whitechapel is a vibrant and multicultural part of the city with amazing links to the hotspots and iconic places which make London famous. Feel the heart and soul of London here, and experience city life at its finest.

Still getting settled in and finding your feet on campus and around the local area? We've got you covered! FYI, this guide will be extremely helpful in introducing you to the amazing area around university. You may even want to bookmark it for a later date. You’ll probably refer back to it throughout the year.  

Whitechapel is a vibrant and multicultural part of the city with amazing links to the hotspots and iconic places which make London famous. Feel the heart and soul of London here, and experience city life at its finest. 

We’re sure you’ll get to know the local area more and find your own favourite spots, but this guide will introduce you to all the handy things you need to know during your first few months.

Tube stations: Whitechapel (District, Elizabeth and Hammersmith & City Lines. London Overground) 

Bus links:  25/106/205/254/D3/N25/N205/N253 

Top attractions:


Take a short walk to Shoreditch and sit down for a curry at one of Brick Lane’s famous curry houses. Feeling adventurous? Head to Box Park or Spitalfields Market for endless supplies of street food. Hidden away in Shoreditch is an array of entertainment including vintage shops, adult ball pit, bowling, ping pong and crazy golf. 

East London Mosque 

One of the largest mosques in Europe, East London Mosque has a rich history and offers a range of services and outreach too. Situated on Whitechapel Road, you can’t miss it as you head into the city and it really is worth taking a look at it’s amazing architecture.

Jack the Ripper tours 

Follow in the footsteps of Whitechapel's most notorious serial killer and become your favourite true crime expert by exploring the streets that were the site of the gruesome murders committed by Jack the Ripper. The Jack the Ripper tour is one of the most popular in London and gives you an insight into the history of the area too. Don’t want to do the tour on your own? Look out for our Freshers’ event

Whitechapel Gallery 

As a cultural capital, you’re spoilt for choice with free entry galleries and Whitechapel Gallery offers a selection of temporary and permanent exhibitions each year with varied themes and formats meaning there is a constant flow of creativity to ponder in between studying. 


An amazing local independent cinema showing a range of films to satisfy every film lover. With events and festivals as well as the hottest releases, tickets at Genesis start at as little as £1 too! Did you find them at the Welcome Fair during Freshers’?

Useful stuff:

Supermarkets – Looking for a bigger supermarket for your weekly shop? There is a Sainsbury’s behind Whitechapel Station. There are Asian supermarkets situated on Brick Lane about 10-minute walk away too. 

Banks – There are a number of ATMs near the campus, the closest being down the road at Tesco Express. The closest bank is Barcley’s which is opposite Whitechapel station or Lloyds on Commercial Road. 

Post Office – The closest is 5-minute walk away on Cavell Street. There is a delivery office to pick up parcels from there too. 

Pharmacies – The NHS has a very handy “find your nearest pharmacy” page on their website - https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/pharmacy/find-a-pharmacy 


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