North East London hyperlocal portal Monday 22 May 2017

Whitechapel & Spitalfields news

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.

Primary school ‘science ambassadors’ of Whitechapel join Swanlea Secondary for the day 

27 Mar

Primary pupils got a firey introduction to science when they visited east London’s Swanlea Secondary for the day.

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.

Hyperlocal & blogs

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.

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.

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