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District line delays: Commuters face hours of Tube delays after person falls ill at Whitechapel 

20 Mar

Commuters were hit with delays of more than two hours after part of the District line ground to a halt.


Spitalfields Trust bids for ‘Asset’ listing as bell tolls for Whitechapel Foundry 

15 Mar

An application for London’s historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry to be listed as an ‘Asset of Community Value’ has been made by conservationists.


MP Rushanara Ali has long wait at Whitechapel for next train on Elizabeth line 

14 Mar

MP Rushanara Ali (right) has been on a fact-finding tour of Crossrail’s station complex under construction in her east London constituency, deep beneath Whitechapel.


Three sheets to the wind: we take a wine-centric look at a trio of new local eateries 

9 Mar

After Hours at the Whitechapel Gallery’s new Refectory.


Whitechapel hospital surgeon live tweets cancer patient’s operation 

8 Mar

A surgeon at The Royal London Hospital has become the first person to live tweet an operation around the world.


Eduardo Paolozzi @ Whitechapel Gallery, review: Mixed media magnificence 

6 Mar

Avant-Garde (1970) by Eduardo Paolozzi.


Mike’s Table dishes out meals to ‘share and share alike’ at Happiness Cafe in Spitalfields 

6 Mar

Free wholesome meals were given free in London’s East End to people recovering from homelessness or illness, those on a low income or socially isolated and to refugees.


‘Time out’ call for on Time Out bar complex plan for Spitalfields 

1 Mar

Communities in London’s East End won a battle last night to stop an historic building once used as Victorian omnibus stables into a food court of 17 restaurants and four bars in a neighbourhood already filled with “drinking dens”.


Shrove Tuesday? Must be the Great Spitalfields pancake race 

28 Feb

It took huffs and puffs—but most competitors completed today’s Great Spitalfields Pancake Race in London’s East End without embarrassing slip-ups.


Arrests after 15 migrants found hidden in lorry at market 

24 Feb

Three men have been arrested for immigration offences after 15 people were found hidden in a lorry at New Spitalfields Market.


Two rescued from Whitechapel house fire 

24 Feb

A woman and a child were rescued from a house fire in Whitechapel in the early hours of this morning.


Writing is on the wall in Whitechapel, spreading the word on mental health 

20 Feb

Children have been splashing paint on the wall of a housing estate in London’s East End—and no-one seems to mind.


Jeanette Winterson: ‘Character of London will disappear’ 

17 Feb

Award winning author Jeanette Winterson has been speaking to the BBC about having to close her deli in Spitalfields because of rising rates.


Karla Roman: Young architect with 'beautiful smile' named as cyclist killed in Whitechapel coach crash 

8 Feb

The family of a young architect killed as she cycled to work today said: We will never see her beautiful smile again.


Woman cyclist dies after being crushed under coach in Whitechapel rush-hour 

7 Feb

The woman cyclist crushed under the wheels of a coach in east London during the morning rush-hour in Whitechapel yesterday has died, police have confirmed today.


Cyclist crushed by coach in Whitechapel dies in hospital 

7 Feb

Two female cyclists killed on Londons roads with hours of each other...


Whitechapel crash: Witnesses tell of 'sickening' crash which left female cyclist fighting for life 

7 Feb

A female cyclist was fighting for life in hospital today after being crushed under a coach on a cycle superhighway at rush hour.


Woman cyclist critical after rush-hour accident with coach in Whitechapel 

6 Feb

A woman cyclist is fighting for her life after an accident with a coach during this-morning’s rush-hour in east London on the busy A11 Whitechapel Road.


Whitechapel crash: Female cyclist fighting for life after being hit by coach on east London cycle superhighway 

6 Feb

A female cyclist is fighting for life after being hit by a coach on a cycle superhighway in east London.


2 Fingers @ Canvas Cafe, Spitalfields, restaurant review 

18 Jan

The Canvas Cafe counter, resplendent with 2 Fingers banner.


Mayor is fed at emergency Whitechapel soup kitchen set up to feed the homeless 

13 Jan

The mayor of one of Britain’s most-deprived boroughs turned up in the cold to be fed at a soup kitchen set up for the homeless in London’s East End.


Lunchtime soup kitchen for the homeless set up in Whitechapel by Muslim Aid charity 

12 Jan

Volunteers are running a soup kitchen at lunchtime today to help feed and clothe the homeless in London’s East End.


Renewed campaign to save Spitalfields pub The Duke of Wellington after appeal 

10 Jan

A campaign to save an historic Spitalfields pub has been reignited after developers lodged an appeal.


Aldgate crash: Cyclist rushed to hospital after crash with tipper truck in Whitechapel High Street 

4 Jan

A woman cyclist was taken to hospital after a crash with a lorry on a busy high street in east London.


Meeting the Whitechapel team who keep them alive—Sickle Cell patients living with a killer disease 

28 Dec

Sufferers of Sickle Cell disease have been behind the scenes to meet the scientists who routinely save their lives at the pathology research labs in east London where their blood is regularly screened.


Hunt for gang after £1,500 raid on Petticoat Lane Co-op in Spitalfields 

24 Dec

Detectives are hunting a gang following a £1,500 raid on a Co-op supermarket and a series of other robberies and burglaries in London’s East End.


Whitechapel families win battle to protect Wren’s 1695 almshouses from Sainsbury’s tower bock 

22 Dec

Campaigners won the battle last night to prevent developers throwing up a 28-storey skyscraper that would overshadow Grade I listed almshouses just 80 yards away which were designed by Christopher Wren in 1695.


ADVERTISER 150: How we reported the East End celebrating VE Day in 1945 

16 Dec

1945 : The King and Queen arrive in Whitechapel to visit Hughes Mansions the day after Peace is declared in Europe on May 8 to meet survivors of Nazi Germany’s last V2 rocket bomb which had destroyed the housing complex in Vallence Road just six ...


ADVERTISER 150: Why we couldn’t report Hitler’s last V2 rocket attack that hits Whitechapel 

15 Dec

The Second World War in Europe is drawing to a close—but the defiant Nazis have a last shot at London with their deadly V2 rocket.


Tracey Emin withdraws appeal to build ‘Stalinist’ block in Spitalfields conservation area 

12 Dec

Artist Tracey Emin has pulled out of her controversial plans to tear down a period building in a conservation area in London’s East End and put up what critics called “a Stalinist crematorium” in its place—much to the relief of the ...


ADVERTISER 150: How 1936 ‘Battle of Cable Street’ made headlines 80 years ago 

9 Dec

Our nightly series for the East London Advertiser ’s 150th anniversary this year reaches 1936 and the ‘Battle of Cable Street’, the folklore legend when the East End turned out to stop Mosley’s Blackshirts marching through Whitechapel.


Hyperlocal & blogs

See and hear world famous artists at new Whitechapel Gallery exhibition 

21 Mar

QA: Artists in Conversation exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery.


Murder Morning In Whitechapel 

21 Mar

On the 10th of September 1889, Police Constable Pennett found the torso of a woman – which was missing the head and legs,and which was covered over by part of an old chemise – under a railway arch in Pinchin Street in the East End of London.


Whitechapel Bell Foundry 

21 Mar

I hear the Whitechapel Bell Foundry is closing down.


A Strange Story From South Shields 

19 Mar

It is interesting to note how, for many years after 1888, newspapers the world over were still publishing stories on new finds about the Jack the Ripper case, and many of these articles featured accounts of characters who, so the papers opined, may ...


Is There A Murder Gang 

17 Mar

By September, 1889, the excitement and panic that had been generated by the Jack the Ripper murders of the previous year had, to a large extend, begun to subside.


A Detectives View 

13 Mar

A curious article appeared in The North-Eastern Daily Gazette  on Wednesday September the 18th 1889.


#Paolozzi: Art, Beer, Pizza 

12 Mar

Art, beer and pizza! It’s a triumvirate adding up to a good time, especially when the art is amazing, the beer is refreshing and the pizza is yummy.


What’s on this Week 

10 Mar

Whitechapel Gallery in Tower Hamlets, where you can find Terrains of Body exhibition on 12 March.


Free legal aid group opens clinic in Tower Hamlets 

9 Mar

Bernadette O’Sullivan, CSR Manager for Dentons law firm.


Crossrail site tours for young people 

8 Mar

If you’re a young person interested in the construction industry, then there’s a chance to visit a Crossrail building site later this month.


Tickets Alert: The Goat Race is back 

7 Mar

Now a staple of the annual social calendar, the goat race sees Oxford vs Cambridge in their timeless battle of goating strength.


The Monster 

5 Mar

In the October and November of 1888, as the Whitechapel murders gained momentum, and increased in ferocity, newspapers began commenting on whether anything like this murder spree had ever been seen in London before.


Parents’ revolt over Bengali school name in Whitechapel 

3 Mar

The school is located by Vallance Gardens, inspiring the name change.


A Jack The Ripper Scare In Whitechapel 

1 Mar

In August 1891, a man by the name of Percy Greathead, found himself in court when, after having been drinking heavily for two weeks, he decided to head to the East End in the early hours of the morning, and pay a visit to the scenes of the ...


The Ways of Whitechapel 

27 Feb

It is often remarked how the Whitechapel murder generated a great deal of press coverage as journalists the World over spotted the opportunities afforded by the unknown miscreant, stalking the streets of East London, to increase sales of their ...


Another Suspicious Affair In Whitechapel 

25 Feb

Although it is generally believed that there were no murders in the Jack the Ripper cycle throughout the whole of October 1888, the fear that the murderer might, at any moment, strike again was never far from peoples minds.


Gallery displays five decades of Paolozzi work 

23 Feb

Bull’s Head on Red Ground-1946 Pic: Victoria Lancaster Whitechapel Art Gallery is currently displaying five decades of work by Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the most inventive British artists of the 20th century.


Eduardo Paolozzi 

23 Feb

Pioneering Scottish pop-artist Eduardo Paolozzi , who died 12 years ago, is having a bit of a renaissance in the capital at the moment.


All-female art exhibition goes on display in Whitechapel 

21 Feb

Female artists’ work on display in Whitechapel Pic: Elijah Kong An all-female exhibition has gone on display at Whitechapel Art Gallery aimed at giving women their autonomy back.


Christ Church Spitalfields – wall – engine-house 

20 Feb

The stone now built into the wall of the new engine-house formerly stood 103 feet west from this mark.


Christ Church Spitalfields – pavement – ownership 

20 Feb

The vacant ground extending 61 feet east, 13 feet west and 30 feet north of this stone is part of the ground conveyed to the Commissioners appointed by act of Parliament for building the church and is accordingly part of the freehold belonging to the...


Christ Church Spitalfields – Mr Root 

20 Feb

Christ Church, Spitafields.


Christ Church Spitalfields – western entrance 

17 Feb

Christchurch Spitalfields The western entrance to this church was altered and improved and the ornamental ironwork enclosure fixed in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy seven.


Christ Church Spitalfields – alterations 

17 Feb

This church was re-opened January the first 1867 after being closed seven months for entensive alterations and improvements under the direction of a committee of parishioners.


Christ Church Spitalfields – fire 

17 Feb

On Ash Wednesday February 17 1836 this tower was burnt by fire.


Eduardo Paolozzi at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

16 Feb

Eduardo Paolozzi is one of the most important British artists of the mid-20 th  century, but he is often overlooked.


The first and last London postcode 

13 Feb

I received this email last week from a reader.


Robbers In Dorset Street 

13 Feb

As I have mentioned many times in previous blogs, Dorset Street, in Spitalfields, had a dreadful reputation for vice and villainy in the 19th century.


The Peabody Trust – 1886 

11 Feb

By 1886 the Peabody Trust had been in existence for over twenty years, and had, to a large extent, fulfilled its objectives of providing low cost, decent housing for the indigenous, working poor of London.


Cyclist dies in Tower Hamlets on cycle superhighway 2 

8 Feb

Cycle superhighway 2 on Whitechapel Road, where a cyclist was killed.



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