Whitechapel Area Guide
Located 3.4 miles east of Charing Cross, the East London region of Whitechapel is within the postcode E1. Whitechapel is a great choice for office space in London. With Bishopsgate close by, the area is in close proximity to the City’s financial district but still has a stronger emphasis on entertainment provisions than many inner City locations.
Whitechapel has undergone extensive transport development, most notably on the railways. Phase 1 saw the reopening of the closed Overground East London line and it is extended down to West Croydon. Phase 2 involved the completion of a rail ring route around South London all the way to Clapham Junction.
Whitechapel is also scheduled to be a stop on the high-speed Crossrail project. Preliminary work has already begun to create the interchange between Crossrail and the Overground East London line.
These transport developments have been paired with significant urban regeneration as an impact of the London 2012 Olympics, making the area even more attractive to businesses, so there has never been a better time to acquire office space in Whitechapel.
Why do business in Whitechapel?
Great connections to East London and beyond
As a focal point of the capital’s upgrades to it's Overground East London line and future development’s to the London Crossrail project, Whitechapel boasts excellent transport links across East London and beyond.
Multicultural working environment
Whitechapel’s proximity to multicultural areas such as Brick Lane and its own High Street market means local business can make the most of a multicultural and vibrant working environment with plenty to see and do on the area’s doorstep.
What businesses does Whitechapel suit?
Companies with close links to the financial sector will appreciate Whitechapel’s enviable location, bordered by Bishopsgate to the West – the heart of London’s financial district, and Canary Wharf – an attractive area for those involved in investment banking.
Whitechapel is also a stone’s throw from Shoreditch, which has a fast-increasing concentration of web start-ups and technology firms. For businesses wanting to be a part of that community but are unable to afford the prices, office space in Whitechapel may prove more suitable.
A short walk from London’s traditional media hub in Wapping, Whitechapel is also a very good strategic location for any businesses heavily involved in the news industry.
"Whitechapel Road - East London" by Jim Linwood is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Whitechapel has great transport links that are due to improve dramatically over the next decade. Whitechapel tube station sits on the Hammersmith & City and District lines, and is within very close reach of many of London’s major transport hubs.
Liverpool Street: 6 minutes
Canary Wharf: 20 minutes
Waterloo: 30 minutes
Brick Lane is very close to Whitechapel, which means you benefit from some of the finest Anglo-Indian cuisine in the country. For top notch South Asian cuisine, drop into New Tayyabs (83-89, Fieldgate St. London E1 1JU) – in particular their mixed grills are amazingly succulent. Make sure you book a table, as the restaurant can get extremely busy. There are also a number of chain restaurants around the area catering for all tastes and budgets, along with sandwich shops and delis for quick lunches.
Aldgate Exchange (133-137 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PE) is a public house that combines a pleasant and clean atmosphere with friendly and prompt service – great for a relaxing drink. 8a (8A Artillery Passage, London E1 7LJ) is a trendy hidden wine bar – prices are pretty reasonable and with half price happy hour every day from 5-7pm, you’d be mad to miss out.
Alternatively, Urban Bar (176 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BJ) is a trendy, happening hotspot for the younger generation, offering themed music nights including “Turn off the Radio” which features live bands, singers and DJs. If you want to continue the party after hours, check out The Rhythm Factory (16-18 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1EW), a small and intimate club that hosts themed music nights and combines a decent sized dance floor with comfortable leather seats.
Jack the Ripper Walk
Most of Jack’s most gruesome murders occurred in Whitechapel. This walk will take you to all local points of interest related to the Ripper case, including where his victims’ bodies were found. Not for the faint hearted!
Royal London Hospital
Dating back to 1740, the Royal London Hospital is an institution steeped in the history of medicine. The Hospital also has a museum housed in a 19th century crypt that has exhibits on The Elephant Man (Joseph Merrick, who spent the last few years of his life at the hospital), along with original material on the Jack the Ripper murders.