Whitechapel Area Guide
Whitechapel is just starting to experience the ongoing regeneration of East London. And when Crossrail finally opens it will make this one of the most connected districts in the East End, ensuring continued urban renewal. Lying just east of the City and Shoreditch at the edge of the City Fringe, with Bethnal Green to the north and Wapping to the south, this area has for many years been characterised by poverty and waves of immigration.
Today it is a rich mix of ages and cultures, with incoming young professionals and creatives living alongside a large Bengali community. New residents are attracted by its proximity to the City and Canary Wharf, and good value when compared to nearby property hotspots such as Shoreditch and London Fields. The area has a wide variety of housing stock, with fine Georgian houses and warehouse conversions, as well as an increasing number of new apartments ranging from relatively small-scale developments to high rise towers.
The council’s Whitechapel Vision promises over 3,000 more new homes by 2025, along with seven new public squares and open spaces, a new research campus at Queen Mary University and upgraded shopping and leisure facilities on Whitechapel Road. This exciting regeneration, coupled with the opening of Crossrail, will help the area to capitalise on its strategic location close to the City and Canary Wharf.
Whitechapel and Aldgate East tube stations are on the District and Hammersmith & City lines. Crossrail will deliver much faster journey times into the City (Liverpool Street, 2 minutes), the West End (Bond Street, 10 minutes) and beyond (Heathrow, 36 minutes).