North East London hyperlocal portal Wednesday 22 February 2017

Whitechapel & Spitalfields news

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.

Whitechapel Bell Foundry up for sale 

2 Dec

A foundry which opened in Queen Elizabeth I's era and which made Big Ben's bells is up for sale.

Shock defeat for Labour as independent ‘novice’ wins Tower Hamlets by-election at Whitechapel 

2 Dec

Labour took a bruising at last night’s Whitechapel by-election resuklt in east London when a “novice” independent candidate won the seat on Tower Hamlets Council with a runaway majority.

Last two hours left before Whitechapel polls close in Tower Hamlets by-election 

1 Dec

Polls close tonight at 10pm for the controversial Whitechapel by-election in London’s East End to replace a councillor jailed for housing fraud.

ADVERTISER 150: We look back to Titanic and what a photographer finds in Spitalfields after the drama at sea 

30 Nov

Our nightly review of the big stories of the day we’ve covered since 1866, marking the East London Advertiser ’s 150th anniversary this month, has reached 1912 and the dramatic sinking of Titanic.

‘Journalists of Hackney, unite!’ Reporter makes case for fair play by Town Hall 

30 Nov

Josh Loeb enjoys an issue of Hackney Today, which features a four-page wraparound ad for London Square Spitalfields When he was Hackney’s mayor, Jules Pipe claimed an extra £400,000 per year would make virtually no difference to the council’s ...

‘Re-enact my son’s death’ Mark Blanco’s mum urges, 10 years on from suspect fall at Whitechapel 

29 Nov

The heartbroken mum of actor Mark Blanco is calling for a reconstruction of the night 10 years ago this coming Saturday when he plunged to his death in London’s East End in suspicious circumstances—after being thrown out of a party over a bust-up...

ADVERTISER 150: Amaizing Gun Battle in Siege Sidney Street makes headlines in 2011 around the world 

29 Nov

This nightly series marking the East London Advertiser ’s 150th anniversary this month has caught up with the 1911 Siege of Sidney Street, with a dramatic gun battle between Peter the Painter’s anarchist gang cornered by police in a Whitechapel ...

TV presenter Dan Cruickshank in eleventh-hour bid to protect Whitechapel almshouses from new 28-storey tower 

27 Nov

Historian and TV presenter Dan Cruickshank has called on Sainsburys to withdraw its plans to build a 28-storey apartment block within yards of central Londons oldest almshouses.

Week to go for Whitechapel by-election to replace jailed housing fraud councillor Shahed Ali 

24 Nov

Preparations are under way in the final seven days for the controversial Whitechapel by-election in London’s East End to replace a councillor jailed for housing fraud.

1888: Terror stalks Whitechapel as Jack the Ripper murders at least 5 women—maybe 11 

23 Nov

The East London Advertiser marks its 150th anniversary in this nightly trip back into our past, looking at the biggest sensational news story of the 19th century.

1867: Thomas Barnardo begins rescue of child streets urchins of Whitechapel 

20 Nov

The East London Advertiser continues its nightly look at some of the news we have covered since November, 1866, as part of our distinguished 150th anniversary this month, like one of our earliest stories about Thomas Barnardo’s rescue of the street...

Hyperlocal & blogs

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.

Non-Muslims ‘Visit My Mosque’ in Whitechapel 

6 Feb

The East London Mosque is one of Britain’s largest mosques.

Conservatives Campaigning in Whitechapel By-election 

22 Jan

Conservatives Campaigning in Whitechapel By-election Sun, 22/01/2017 - 17:59 Tuesday, 22 November, 2016 After the conviction of sitting Tower Hamlets First councillor Shaded Ali for housing benefit fraud the Conservatives in Tower Hamlets have been ...

Taste of Sichuan, Walthamstow 

22 Jan

Following various fiery experiences at London Sichuan restaurants including ‘My Old Place’ and ‘Sichuan Folk’ in Spitalfields, this peppery Chinese cooking was a cuisine I wanted to explore but was slightly scared of.

Fly tipped fridge, 19th January 

19 Jan

Been there for over 3 weeks.

Terrains of the Body at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

19 Jan

New to the Whitechapel Gallery is a display of photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC.

Whitechapel – Pulling Aside The Veil 

18 Jan

One thing is certain about the Whitechapel Murders; they alerted society at large to the horrendous social conditions that had been allowed to develop, relatively unchecked, across the eastern fringe of the World’s wealthiest one square mile – ...

Children In The Common Lodging Houses 

16 Jan

The Common Lodging Houses of Whitechapel and Spitalfields played an integral part in the saga of the Jack the Ripper murders.

Fog In London 

12 Jan

One of the criticisms that is often made of television dramas, documentaries and films on the Jack the Ripper murders, is that they often show the murderer stalking his victims through thick London fogs.

Ten exhibitions to look forward to in 2017 

9 Jan

From Caravaggio to Georgia O’Keefe, 2016 saw some impressive blockbuster exhibitions in London’s big museums.

The Murder of Annie Austin 

6 Jan

Dorset Street in Spitalfields had a dreadful reputation for vice and villainy in the closing years of the 19th century and on into the early years of the 20th century.


4 Jan

The Whitechapel Gallery’s cafe is set to get a makeover from the team behind 10 Greek Street and 8 Hoxton Square.

Go To The Workhouse 

17 Dec

The Workhouse loomed large over the lives and in some cases the deaths –  of many of the poor and destitute in Whitechapel at the time of the Jack the Ripper murders.

40th Anniversary of Spitalfields Music is marked in style 

15 Dec

Solomon’s Knot Baroque Collective performing at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of Winter Festival.

St Mary Matfelon 

15 Dec

Just a few minutes walk from where our Jack the Ripper tour begins, there is a little park, which is the Altab Ali Park.


14 Dec

Bleecker St.

Planning the future of Tower Hamlets: what do local people think? 

12 Dec

Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets.

Workhouse Reports 

11 Dec

The Whitechapel Workhouse loomed over the streets of the area in 1888 and features in the mystery of Jack the Ripper in that it was to its mortuary that the bodies of several of the victims were taken in the immediate aftermath of their murders.

The Political Moral of the Murders 

9 Dec

On Monday the 24th of September 1888, with the Whitechapel murders causing widespread panic in the East End of London; and the general press overage on the murder of Annie Chapman – which had taken place on the 8th of September 1888 – urging ...

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