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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.


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.


Hyperlocal & blogs

A Love of Horrors 

20 Aug

You could be forgiven for believing that it was the Jack the Ripper murders that led to a fascination with the crime, vice and grinding poverty of the East End of London.


new road hotel to open in whitechapel 

18 Aug

Whitechapel is getting a brand new boutique hotel this autumn when the New Road Hotel swings open its doors.


Abberline and Thick 1878 

18 Aug

One of the interesting exercises when it comes to studying the police officers who investigated the Jack the Ripper murders, is tracing them in the newspapers and official records before their names became synonymous with the Whitechapel atrocities.


Going, going, gone … 

16 Aug

Another of the tenuous links with the days when the End End was a Jewish enclave is about to be lost.


The August 2017 Jack the Ripper Quiz 

12 Aug

Welcome to the August 2017 Jack the Ripper quiz.


Update On The Whitechapel Mystery 

10 Aug

By the 10th of August, 1888, the woman who had been found murdered in George Yard, Whitechapel, had been identified as Martha Turner.


Karla Roman 

8 Aug

Killed at 9am as she cycled to work, by a coach.


The Fallen Women of Whitechapel 

8 Aug

By choosing as his victims the prostitutes who roamed the night hours of the streets of Spitalfields and Whitechapel, Jack the Ripper confronted the Victorians with a side of society that many of the more “respectable” citizens had London would ...


Mysterious Tragedy In Whitechapel 

7 Aug

On the 7th August 1888, the people of Whitechapel and Spitalfields awoke to news that a mysterious murder had taken place in George Yard, a nondescript turning off Whitechapel High Street.


The Dwellings of the Poor in Bethnal Green 

6 Aug

As regular readers of this blog will know, it is my belief that in order to gain a full understanding of the Jack the Ripper crimes you must put them into the context of the era and the area in which they occurred.


Take the Jack the Ripper Pub Tour this International Beer Day 

3 Aug

On Friday 4th August two events coincide – International Beer Day and our Jack the Ripper pub tour, offering our guests the chance to discuss the Whitechapel murders at length at the Victorian ale houses associated with the killer.


The Real Jack The Ripper 

29 Jul

In mid November 1888, with London still reeling from the gruesome details concerning the recent Jack the Ripper murder of Mary Kelly, which had taken place on the 9th November 1888, an attack took place in South London which had certain hallmarks of ...


The Amateur Detectives 1888 

27 Jul

As the newspaper coverage of the Jack the Ripper murders increased, and as it became more than apparent that the police were no further to catching the perpetrator than they had been when the crimes began, more and more ordinary citizens decided to ...


Join your local Tower Hamlets Safer Neighbourhood Team 

25 Jul

Would consider becoming a Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Area Coordinator, Ward Coordinator or Member of your local Ward Panel? Please email your local Safer Neighbourhood Team below if you can help.


ride the mail rail 

24 Jul

The Mail Rail, aka the Post Office’s 100-year-old, 6.5 mile underground line that used to transport post between Whitechapel and Paddington, is being re-opened this summer and you can ride on it.


Another Jack The Ripper Scare 

23 Jul

Impersonating Jack the Ripper appears to have become a popular pastime for certain people –  in particular young men, and, specifically, drunk young men – as the Whitechapel atrocities raged in the East End of London throughout the autumn of ...


Cornish In Whitechapel 

21 Jul

A rich source of information about the police force that attempted to keep law and order in the Victorian metropolis is the number of memoirs that retired detectives wrote in which they spoke about their rise through the ranks of the Metropolitan ...


Tickets Alert: Take a Spitalfields journey back in time 

19 Jul

Visit a Georgian home and a living Synagogue with special combined tours of both Dennis Severs’ House and the nearby Sandys Row Synagogue.


A Strange Story 

19 Jul

What would you do if you met Jack the Ripper? I only ask because, at the same time as the Whitechapel murderer was terrorising the people and the streets in the East End of London, people all over the country were claiming to have encountered the ...


free roll or bowl from rola wala 

17 Jul

Indian street food fave Rola Wala is finally going perm in Spitalfields this month and to celebrate they’re giving away 300 FREE lunches on launch day.


ice cream burger pop-up 

13 Jul

Forget the cone, you can now get an ice cream burger at Soft Republic; an ice cream pop-up in Spitalfields.


Emma Hart: Mamma Mia! at Whitechapel Gallery | Exhibition review 

13 Jul

Entering the space at London-based artist Emma Hart’s new show at Whitechapel Gallery, Mamma Mia!, is like stepping into another world – or rather a serene universe of ceramic planets, like ethereal pods projecting light.


1st October 1888 – Two More Murders 

13 Jul

On the morning of Sunday 30th September, 1888, London awoke to the news that, after an absence of several weeks, the Whitechapel Murderer had returned to the streets of the East End and had killed two women in less than one hour.


A Visit To A Common Lodging House 1886 

11 Jul

On April 24th 1886, The Graphic  featured a detailed four page report that dealt with the conditions and the lives of the poor and the unemployed of London, and in particular of those who dwelt in Spitalfields and Whitechapel.


Sunday Morning In Thrawl Street 

7 Jul

Every so often, in the 19th century, and prior to the onset of the Jack the Ripper murders, newspapers published articles that provided their readers with an insight into the lives of the inhabitants who dwelt in the districts of Spitalfields and ...


Peter Jones, Chemist 

6 Jul

Street View: 60 Address: 11 Norton Folgate Volume 27 of The Survey of London: Spitalfields and Mile End New Town (1957), describes 11 Norton Folgate as having a four-storeyed front of early eighteenth-century character, with a charming shop-front of ...


An Attack At A Lodging House 

5 Jul

Following the initial surge in the crimes in the saga now known as the Jack the Ripper murder spree, that began on August 31st 1888 with the murder of Mary Nichols in Buck’s Row, Whitechapel, and culminated with the “double murders” of ...


Contemporary art and national heritage brought together in new exhibition 

3 Jul

Landmark Trust’s pop-up gallery at the Old Truman Brewery at Spitalfields.


Inside The Working Lads Institute 

3 Jul

Jack the Ripper and East End philanthropy might, at first glance, seems like odd bedfellows.


Garrotting In Spitalfields 

1 Jul

One type of crime that received extensive press coverage in the second half of the 19th century was the crime of “garrotting.



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