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Police appealing for information about a Whitechapel crash between motorbike and pedestrian 

12 Oct

Police are appealing for information about a serious crash in Whitechapel that landed a woman in hospital with serious injuries...


Stepney born Jah Wobble to perform at free event in Whitechapel 

11 Oct

Stepney born musician Jah Wobble will be taking part in a special concert and conversation session in Whitechapel tomorrow.


Public exhibitions will showcase revised plans for new civic centre in Whitechapel 

10 Oct

Residents can view updated plans for a new civic centre in Whitechapel at two public exhibitions this week.


Man arrested in Whitechapel following rush hour incident at West Ham station 

29 Sep

A man has been arrested in Whitechapel following reports of a man with a knife at West Ham station during the evening rush hour.


Youngsters reach the heights at Swanlea School’s open day in Whitechapel 

20 Sep

Kids were climbing the wall in east London at Swanlea School’s fifth annual family day.


First of Tower Hamlets’ low rent ‘community hubs’ opens in Whitechapel 

19 Sep

The first “community hub” in London’s East End has been opened in Whitechapel by Tower Hamlets Council offering voluntary groups low-cost space.


TV stars help keep Whitechapel’s air ambulances flying by abseiling 300ft over the edge 

15 Sep

TV’s Helen Fospero and Tim Vincent took on the adrenaline-raising 300ft abseil from the helipad in Whitechapel for its annual fundraising event for the London Air Ambulance lifesaving charity.


Date set for Crossrail opening as last bit of track is completed at Whitechapel 

14 Sep

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling put the last nail into Crossrail’s tracks in the new tunnel 150ft under Whitechapel as the final construction stage was competed today.


Now Museum of London wants to put Whitechapel’s giant ‘fatberg’ sewage on show 

13 Sep

The giant ‘fatberg’ blocking a major sewer flow in east London deep beneath the Whitechapel Road could soon go on public display.


Homeless women told to quit Whitechapel’s Hopetown hostel after closure 

13 Sep

More than 100 homeless women are being told to quit their hostel shelter in Whitechapel which is being closed by the end of the year.


Museum of London bids to exhibit 'biggest ever' 130-tonne fatberg discovered in Whitechapel sewer 

13 Sep

The Museum of London has put in a bid to exhibit part of a monster fatberg discovered in an east London sewer.


UK must act on Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis, MP tells Whitechapel solidarity meeting 

13 Sep

The government is being urged to take action against the Burmese regime over the refugee crisis caused by “the silent genocide” of Rohingya Muslims, a public solidarity meeting in Whitechapel heard.


Engineers battling to clear 800ft ‘fatberg’ blocking Whitechapel’s main sewer 

12 Sep

A giant ‘fatberg’ is blocking a major sewer flow in east London deep beneath the Whitechapel Road.


Kidney ‘e-clinic’ at Royal London gets award for cutting waiting times 

7 Sep

An east London kidney service that has slashed hospital waiting times in Whitechapel for people with chronic disease has been awarded £75,000.


Global Aid Muslim trust failed to check extremist speakers, Charities Commission rules 

5 Sep

A Muslim charity set up in Whitechapel that has been linked to allegations of hosting extremist radical speakers failed to make background checks, the Charities Commission has ruled.


Man stabbed at Whitechapel station 

4 Sep

A man in his twenties was hospitalised after being stabbed outside Whitechapel Underground Station.


Whitechapel gets its new ‘small business’ centre off the ground in Royal Mail’s old haunt 

28 Jul

The old Whitechapel sorting office has been reinvented as a new enterprise hub after two years of planning, ready for Crossrail coming to east London next year.


Ex-Whitehall top civil servant hired as Toynbee Hall’s new chief to tackle Whitechapel’s poverty 

25 Jul

A former top government civil servant is coming to Whitechapel to take on the fight against East End poverty as Toynbee Hall’s new chief executive.


Missing girl, 16, could be in Whitechapel and Shadwell areas 

13 Jul

Police are appealing for information to find an 16-year-old girl who may be in Whitechapel or Shadwell.


Uninsured motorist from Whitechapel convicted of drink driving in Essex 

12 Jul

An uninsured motorist from Whitechapel has been named as a drink driver in a name and shame campaign by Essex Police.


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.


Hyperlocal & blogs

London’s Alleys – Gunthorpe Street, E1 

16 Oct

This little Whitechapel alleyway is notorious, for it is one of the murder sites of the infamous Jack the Ripper.


Aromas of leather and rope imbue latest Whitechapel Gallery show 

13 Oct

Leonor Antunes: The Frisson of Togetherness pic: XueQing Huang The first thing you notice when you walk into Whitechapel Gallery for its latest exhibition is the smell of leather and rope.


The Bandit Gangs of London 

13 Oct

In the very early stages of the investigation into them Jack the Ripper murders, there appears to have been a consensus that the crimes were the work of one of the local gangs attempting to extort money out of the prostitutes of Spitalfields and ...


Emergency medics travelling to patients’ homes in bid to cut A&E numbers 

12 Oct

The service will have four new doctors and two new Emergency Ambulance Crew members.


No Confidence In Sir Charles Warren 

11 Oct

In October, 1888, with the police no nearer catching the perpetrator of the Whitechapel murders – who was now becoming better known as “Jack the Ripper” – criticism of the Metropolitan Police began increase dramatically.


Night Scenes In Whitechapel 

7 Oct

Following the night of the double murder, the 30th of September, 18888, the people of the East End of London were gripped by a wave of panic at the outrages that were being perpetrated by Jack the Ripper.


new traders at old spitalfields market 

6 Oct

Old Spitalfields Market is having a bit of a facelift and as part of the refurb they are opening ‘The Kitchens’, and that means the market will become home to 10 new traders.


Loose manhole cover, 3rd October 

3 Oct

Loose manhole cover at this location causing noise every time a car goes over it and all through the night.


Pickled Fred in Spitalfields | Restaurant review 

2 Oct

Pickled Fred.


Catherine Eddowes Inquest 

1 Oct

In early October, 1888, the London newspapers were reporting on two new Whitechapel murders (well, one Whitechapel and one City of London) that had taken place in the early hours of the last day of September.


Last London: A Purge Day Out – Whitechapel Gallery 

30 Sep

On Saturday Sat 30 Sep, 11:30am – 6pm  Featuring an extremely rare appearance from writer Michael Moorcock in conversation with Iain Sinclair, who will launch his latest novel, The Last London; a post-cinema intervention by filmmaker Chris ...


The Murders So Far 

25 Sep

By the 25th September, 1888, the mood in Whitechapel and Spitalfields has begun to relax somewhat, with regards the series of murders that had taken place in the district over the previous few months.


Alan Moore and Iain Sinclair on London mythologies and the power of place 

23 Sep

“Everything that we are is reflected in place and we reflect everything that is in the locations that are around us” – Alan Moore “All this is about place and about intersections of place, people, collisions, collaborations, the whole thing...


The Horrors And The Slums 

23 Sep

The Whitechapel murders most certainly awakened people to the horrors of the living conditions in the east End slums – and it was being widely observed that, unless these conditions were tackled, head on,  society as a whole would suffer.


THE COCKTAIL VILLAGE 

22 Sep

The centrepiece of LCW, The Cocktail Village returns to Old Spitalfields Market with a whole host of bespoke truck, van and bicycle pop-up bars from some of the biggest names in the drinks world, all serving up their signature £6 cocktails.


Prince William raises drug legalisation on Shoreditch charity visit 

20 Sep

The Duke of Cambridge visiting Shoreditch charity.


Illustrating the Jack The Ripper Murders 

19 Sep

At the time when the Jack the Ripper murders were occurring in Whitechapel, photography and printing were very rudimentary; and, as a consequence, the newspapers were unable to produce actual photographs of the murder scenes themselves.


Crossrail – Canary Wharf 

17 Sep

Open House: Crossrail - Canary Wharf Only 64 weeks remain until London's grand new east-west rail artery opens.


The September 2017 Quiz 

15 Sep

Welcome to the September Jack the Ripper quiz.


Whitechapel and Bow Railway 

13 Sep

For no especially good reason, let's have a dig in the National Archives.


A Serious Question 

13 Sep

By Thursday September 13th, 1888, a reasonable amount of order had returned to the streets of Spitalfields and Whitechapel, and the newspapers, although reporting extensively on the inquests into the deaths of Mary Nichols and Annie Chapman, were ...


Today’s Events In Whitechapel – 1888 

12 Sep

The major story that was being covered in the newspapers on Wednesday the 12th of September, 1888, was that John Piser, the man suspected of being the notorious local character.


Iain Sinclair – The House of the Last London 

11 Sep

Last Thursday to the opening of Iain Sinclair’s installation at Gallery 46 in Whitechapel – The House of the Last London.


Overshadowing Everything Else 

11 Sep

On Tuesday 11th September, 1888, the newspapers were divided as to whether the increased criticism of the police that had been apparent since the discovery of the murder of Annie Chapman, on the 8th September, 1888, was justified.


The Police In The Dark 

10 Sep

On the morning of Monday 10th September, 1888, the daily newspapers began hitting the streets and, all over the country, they were reporting on the latest murder that had taken place in Whitechapel on the Saturday morning.


Hackney music festival hires an Albarn collaborator to add a bit of fire and zest to Spitalfields 

9 Sep

New men: André De Ridder, left, with chief executive Stephen Newbould THE SPITALFIELDS Music Festival has decided to shake itself up.


9th September 1888 

9 Sep

Since the 9th of September, 1888, fell on a Sunday, there were fewer newspapers published that day to report on the latest Whitechapel atrocity that had taken place the previous day in Hanbury Street, Spitalfields.


Another Horrible Murder 

8 Sep

When the people of East London returned to bed on the evening of Friday 7th September, 1888, the thoughts of many of them would have been concerned with the unknown miscreant, whom the gentlemen of the press were reporting was known as “Leather ...


The Funeral Of Mary Nichols 

7 Sep

On Friday 7th September, 1888, several newspapers reported on the fact that the funeral of the Buck’s Row victim, Mary Nichols, had taken place the previous afternoon, and had been surrounded by a great deal of secrecy.


A Possible Clue 

5 Sep

By Wednesday 5th September, 1888, the newspapers were still publishing information concerning the recent spate of murders that had taken place in Whitechapel between April and August; albeit, given the fact that little new information had come to ...



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