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Grenfell Tower: Now Denning Point in Whitechapel found to have ‘unsafe’ cladding 

23 Jun

Round-the-clock fire patrols have been introduced at Whitechapel’s Denning Point tower block to inspect communal areas throughout the night in the wake of last week’s Grenfell Tower tragedy.


Muslim families in Whitechapel establish solidarity group against Islamist terrorism 

20 Jun

Muslim families in Whitechapel have set up a new organisation to show solidarity with Londoners against Islamist terrorism after the London Bridge attacks.


Recycling lorry smashes into low railway bridge in Whitechapel 

12 Jun

An investigation is underway after a Veolia recycling lorry crashed into a low railway bridge between Whitechapel and Bethnal Green.


£100 fine if you are caught begging, urinating or touting in the Brick Lane area 

9 Jun

Anyone caught begging, touting or refusing to stop drinking in the Brick Lane area between Bethnal Green and Whitechapel can be fined £100 on the spot.


£2m obstetrics research centre will open in Whitechapel 

8 Jun

A £2million obstetrics research centre to tackle problems that particularly affect mothers and their unborn and newborn children is east London will open in Whitechapel tomorrow.


Sainsbury’s scraps plans for 28-storey tower in Whitechapel overshadowing Wren’s Trinity Green almshouses 

7 Jun

The controversial plan for a 28-storey tower block of luxury flats overshadowing historic Trinity Green almshouses in Whitechapel have been scrapped.


Prince Charles and Camilla visit London Bridge terror attack victims at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel 

6 Jun

Prince Charles and Camilla visited victims of the London Bridge terror attack at the Royal London Hospital today.


Exploring London’s ‘secret’ Mail Rail 

30 May

The London Post Office Railway, also known as Mail Rail, stretched from Whitechapel to Paddington.


Whitechapel crash: Teen moped rider fighting for life after being 'rammed by car in hit-and-run' 

26 May

A teen moped rider is fighting for life after he was rammed from behind by a car in a hit-and-run in Londons East End, police said.


Teen moped driver fighting for his life following Whitechapel hit-and-run crash 

26 May

A teenager moped driver has been left fighting for his life following a hit and run crash in Whitechapel this morning.


Spitalfields opens its five ‘secret’ gardens hidden behind weavers’ cottages 

23 May

Five “secret” gardens tucked away behind the historic terraces in Spitalfields are opening to the public for just six hours on June 10.


Cass Arts School holds ‘final assembly’ at Whitechapel over controversial move to Holloway 

16 May

A final event is being staged for the controversial closure of the Cass Art School in Whitechapel which has been through 18 months of protests.


Time out for Spitalfields bar and restaurant scheme as Tower Hamlets rejects application 

10 May

Developers tonight have lost the “battle of the boose” in London’s East End to convert an historic building once used as Victorian omnibus stables into a food court with 17 restaurants and four bars.


Witness appeal over Whitechapel cyclist death 

10 May

Do you recognise this man? Detectives investigating the death of a cyclist in Whitechapel believe he may be a key witness to what happened.


Next round tonight in Spitalfields ‘battle of the booze bars’ at Tower Hamlets licensing committee 

10 May

Developers return tonight to try and persuade Tower Hamlets council to let them convert an historic building in east London once used as Victorian omnibus stables into a food court with 17 restaurants and four bars.


Swing dancing hot-footing its way to Spitalfields Market for a fun summer 

5 May

TV’s Dragons’ Den success Swing Patrol is planning a summer of free outdoor dance and fitness activities at Spitalfields Market to get east London to swing.


Murder victim Altab Ali remembered at memorial ceremony in Whitechapel 

5 May

The Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs joined representatives of the Altab Ali Foundation and the Altab Ali Trust to mark the second official Altab Ali Day in Whitechapel.


Petition calls for devolved powers in east London for a Spitalfields ‘town council’ 

3 May

A petition has been started to set up east London’s first neighbourhood town council with its own tax-raising powers.


Whitechapel racist attack murder victim Altab Ali to be remembered next week 

28 Apr

The 39th Altab Ali Day in memory of the Bangladeshi textile worker who was murdered in a racist attack in Whitechapel will take place next week.


BMW driver wanted after man killed in Whitechapel hit-and-run 

26 Apr

Police are seeking the driver of a silver or grey BMW 1-series after a man was killed in Mansell Street last night.


Memorial unveiled at Whitechapel to 1917 VC war hero Charles Pope by Tower Hamlets mayor 

24 Apr

Old soldier Charles Pope who won the Victoria Cross for valour has finally been commemorated in the East End neighbourhood where he grew up—100 years after his death.


Countdown to Spitalfields neighbourhood plan starts at Hanbury Hall tonight 

24 Apr

Public consultations are being launched tonight in east London for the long-awaited Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan.


Campaign to stop youths carrying knives launched at Whitechapel after Syed Islam stabbing 

20 Apr

Hundreds of people turned up for a vigil and rally against knife crime in London’s East End tonight following the death of 20-year-old Syed Jamanoor Islam who was stabbed outside his home in Mile End.


Memorial being unveiled at Whitechapel to 1917 VC war hero Charles Pope 

20 Apr

A new memorial stone to remember a First World War hero born in London’s East End who was awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously is being unveiled by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets today.


A11 junctions in Whitechapel and Bow ‘among most dangerous in London’ says TfL 

19 Apr

Busy traffic junctions on the A11 in east London—where at least six cyclists have been killed in three years—are among the worst in the capital for road safety which have been identified today in a study by City Hall.


Police seize gun and ammunition in Whitechapel 

19 Apr

A man has been charged after officers seized this gun and ammunition in Whitechapel at the weekend.


Four charged with Spitalfields Co-op robbery conspiracy 

4 Apr

Four men have been charged in connection with a robbery of the Petticoat Lane Co-op store in London’s East End, Scotland Yard has confirmed today.


Alex Lindsay in £1,000 London Marathon for Sick Children’s Trust Stevenson House in Whitechapel 

3 Apr

The father of a little boy who needed lifesaving treatment when he was born at just 27 weeks is running the London Marathon for the charity which gives free accommodation to parents to be near their children in hospital.


Whitechapel landlord guilty after renting out illegal flats 

31 Mar

A landlord who broke the law by turning a building into seven flats without planning permission could be forced to repay the money he made renting them out.


Teaching Whitechapel children to manage money comes to Thomas Buxton School 

30 Mar

Children as young as five are to be taught how to manage their pocket money and personal finance to be ‘moneywise’ in later life as part of the curriculum.


Historic Whitechapel foundry casts its last bell to go to Museum of London 

28 Mar

The last batch of tower bells has been cast at the historic Whitechapel foundry at the premises it has occupied since 1738.


Hyperlocal & blogs

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch 2017 – update 

25 Jun

You may be interested to read the report we have recently received from the organising committee of the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch.


Smoking crack in full view, 24th June 

24 Jun

Three rough sleepers smoking crack under a blanket, in full view of passers by on the walkway leading to the entrance of Whitechapel tube station Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): Court Street...


Police Work In The East End 

23 Jun

A recurring feature concerning East End life and criminality in the 19th century in the Victorian newspapers, was just what a difficult, not to say dangerous area it was to police.


Determined To Become Philanthropists 

17 Jun

It is often said, and, to an extent, it is true that the Jack the Ripper murders helped attract wider public attention to the horrific social conditions in the districts of Whitechapel and Spitalfields, than had the campaigning and the pamphlets of ...


rola wala to go perm 

12 Jun

Indian food has taken London by storm, and with the opening of Darjeeling Express and the announcement of Rola Wala’s first permanent site, things aren’t slowing down anytime soon.


A Handful of Dust at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

7 Jun

In 1920, Man Ray visited Marcel Duchamp in his New York studio.


A Precedent For The Whitechapel Murder 

3 Jun

On August 31st, 1888, Mary Nichols became the first victim of the killer who would become known as “Jack the Ripper.


Life In Whitechapel 1866 

1 Jun

As I have mentioned in several previous blogs, the reputation of Whitechapel as an abyss of vice, villainy and poverty had been firmly established in the public consciousness long before the Jack the Ripper murders of 1888 drew widespread attention ...


Police seek witnesses to Whitechapel hit-and-run 

30 May

The 19 year-old was thrown off his moped whilst travelling on Cavell Street pictured above.


Whitechapel 1861 

28 May

In his memoir I Caught Crippen,  former Metropolitan Police detective Walter Dew (1863 – 1947) made the point that the area where the Whitechapel Murders occurred had long held a reputation for lawlessness.


checking in: batty langley’s 

22 May

Located in the heart of Spitalfields the Batty Langley’s hotel, by its own admission, has a pretty strange name.


Was It Jill The Ripper 

22 May

On the 9th March, 1939, a new book on the Whitechapel Murders was published.


an aubergine pop-up is opening 

10 May

First, we had news of an avocado bar and now an aubergine pop-up is opening in Shoreditch.


London In 1888 

10 May

The London of 1888 was a very different beast to the City we know (and love?) today.


Substance & Light 

6 May

“Without light, no substance.


William Austin Charged With Murder 

6 May

In a previous article I presented the newspaper coverage of the murder of Annie Austin, which took place at a common lodging house, situated at 35 Dorset Street, Spitalfields in May 1901.


The May 2017 Quiz 

1 May

Whoah! Where did the year go? Can you believe that we’re already almost half way through 2017? But, here at the Department of Rippperolgy, time might pass by, but time does not stop us in our task to present you with another of our mind-warping ...


In The Courts April 1888 

30 Apr

Today when we talk about crime in 1888, the chances are that we are discussing the Jack the Ripper case, or at least the generic Whitechapel Murders.


Another Woman Stabbed 

28 Apr

On the 8th September 1888, the body of Annie Chapman was found in the backyard of number 29 Hanbury Street, Spitalfields; and the killer we now know as Jack the Ripper had claimed his second victim.


Opening Of The Working Lads Institute 

26 Apr

The Working Lads’ Institute – or at least the building that was formally the Working Lads’ Institute, still stands on Whitechapel Road, close to Whitechapel Underground Station.


Summer dancing 

20 Apr

Summer is the season of long days, sunshine (some of the time) and, of course, outdoor dancing! Our schedule of free outdoor dancing is as hot as ever.


How the Planning Process is failing London 

14 Apr

Waterworks junction Bishopsgate Spitalfields William Morris is turning in his grave - the society HQ which he set up - The Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings The Gherkin is slowly disappearing as newer developments swamp it...


The Quiz April 2017 

14 Apr

Are you ready for our fourth fiendish quiz of 2017? Can you believe that the year is now a quarter over? Time marches on, but our Jack the Ripper monthly challenge is a fixed point in an ever changing firmament, so to speak.


Lord Mayor’s Curry Lunch – Guildhall – Thursday 6th April 2017 

10 Apr

Once again the Fruiterers supported the Lord Mayor’s Curry Lunch, an annual event held to raise funds for the Soldiers’ Charity (formerly the British Army Benevolent Fund).


old spitalfields easter market and hunt 

10 Apr

Old Spitalfields Night Market is moving to the daytime this Friday for an Easter special.


eduardo paolozzi at whitechapel gallery 

5 Apr

Eduardo Paolozzi is all over London; from the mosaics at Tottenham Court Road tube station to the sculpted head outside The Design Museum, you’ve probably seen his work and not even noticed.


A Spitalfields Lodging House 

4 Apr

Although the Common Lodging Houses of Est London were a source of comment long before the autumn of 1888, the fact that almost all of Jack the Ripper’s victims had spent their final days and years inhabiting them focused a great deal of press ...


The Scene of the Murders By Night 

2 Apr

On the 11th September 1888, the East End, and London as a whole, was reeling in shock at what was being seen as the fourth atrocity in the series known as the Whitechapel Murders.


East London culture guide: Our top eight art galleries 

25 Mar

The historic Whitechapel Gallery           Pic: Henry Lawford (Flickr) For decades East London has had a reputation as the city’s centre of contemporary art.


See and hear world famous artists at new Whitechapel Gallery exhibition 

21 Mar

QA: Artists in Conversation exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery.



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