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Police hunt after lone women ‘flashed on Whitechapel buses’ 

17 Jul

Women travelling alone on buses in Whitechapel were flashed on two separate occasions, police said.


Artist creates calm mental health A&E room at Royal London Hospital with a ‘wall of hope’ 

13 Jul

A dreary, clinical area at the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel has now been turned into the first AE room in Britain with artwork created for people with mental health conditions.


London Islamic School in Whitechapel becomes ‘Dementia Friends’ 

11 Jul

Pupils and staff at a school in Whitechapel have become ‘Dementia Friends’ after taking part in a training programme.


Charity hopes to buy back historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry from developers, who propose building hotel on site while keeping historic features 

10 Jul

A charity is seeking to re-open the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry after it was closed down and bought by developers last year.


GP dishes out sugary cake to shoppers down Whitechapel Market for NHS 70th birthday 

9 Jul

Little Wahid Islam celebrated his birthday almost the same day as the NHS at a pop-up free cake stall in Whitechapel Market—he turned five while the health service turned 70.


Descendants lead heritage walk in footsteps of 1888 Bryant & May’s matchgirl strike march through Whitechapel 

8 Jul

Descendants of the historic 1888 matchgirls’ strike at Bryant May’s factory in Bow have led a heritage march from the East End to the City on the 130th anniversary of the dispute that changed industrial working conditions for ever.


Fieldgate Mansions squatter Hoffman returns 40 years on as photographer showing life in 1970s Whitechapel 

6 Jul

Images of the battle for Whitechapel’s Fieldgate Mansions go on public show for the first time later this month in the very neighbourhood where squatters clashed with police in the 1970s.


Jailed: Man, 57, who tried to rob Tag Heuer store in Spitalfields at gunpoint 

6 Jul

A 57-year-old man who tried to rob a watch shop in Spitalfields at gunpoint before fleeing empty-handed when a smoke device was set off has been jailed.


Police appeal after man exposes himself on buses in Whitechapel 

6 Jul

Police have today released the image of a man they would like to speak to after a passenger exposed himself on two buses in Whitechapel.


7/7 survivor shares story with Whitechapel students ahead of terror attack’s 13th anniversary 

2 Jul

A survivor of one Britain’s deadliest terror attacks has shared his story with school pupils almost 13 years to the day his life changed forever.


Whitechapel’s sewage ‘fatberg’ at Museum of London inspires kids’ comic, birthday cake and drag acts 

27 Jun

An adventure comic, a kids birthday cake and a musical are some of the weird inspirations from the infamous Whitechapel ‘fatberg’ discovered in the sewers of east London.


Whitechapel sewer fatberg may soon get place in Museum of London archive 

25 Jun

Museum curators are deciding the fate of the infamous ‘Whitechapel fatberg’ and considering acquiring the toxic sewage as a permanent artefact.


Altab Ali’s Whitechapel murder protest march depicted in Four Corners radical archive launch of 1970s life 

21 Jun

A rich source of radical photography and film-making showing East End community life and political struggles of the 1970s and 80s goes on public show for the first time today at Bethnal Green’s Four Corners studio.


Whitechapel’s former Hopetown women’s hostel renamed by Salvation Army to shelter reluctant homeless men 

12 Jun

The controversial Hopetown women’s hostel in Whitechapel has been given a new identity now it’s being used by homeless men who were reluctant to move there.


Fined: Whitechapel market trader from Seven Kings who sold fake Apple phone accessories 

6 Jun

A Whitechapel market trader with a previous conviction for selling dangerous goods has been fined for selling fake Apple phone accessories on his stall.


The aim of today’s free pop-up breakfast was to help millennials—those born in the 1990s—who are hungry to get on the property ladder. “It’s the first time I’ve taken steps to learn about my personal finances,” 28-year-old breakfaster Thomas Campbell said. “The guidance will help make my property dream a reality.” The Breakfast Club venue was transformed in the pilot scheme by Noddle credit report and score agency when 100 people in their 20s arrived for a free breakfast served up with advice to help them own their own home. One-in-five of the “unlucky” millennial generation don’t think they’ll be accepted for a mortgage, with one-in-10 having given up altogether. That’s what prompted Noddle to start its ‘breakfast with mortgage advice’. Noddle’s Jacqueline Dewey said: “There’s a lot of pessimism around millennials’ chances, but we want to challenge this notion and help them own their own home. “This generation can achieve financial goals if they plan effectively for the future.” Millennials struggle to get on the ladder compared to previous generations, with only one-in-three managing it by their late-20s. That compares to half the so-called ‘Generation X’ buying their own home and six-out-of-10 of the post-War ‘baby boomers’ born in the 1940s and 50s. 

6 Jun

Queues spilled out onto the street in Spitalfields for breakfast when financial experts served up money and mortgage guidance with the coffee and cereal for those in their 20s wanting a home of their own.


Breakfast served up at Spitalfields Market with financial advice to get on property ladder 

6 Jun

A pop-up ‘Cred Breakfast’ offering access to money and mortgage advice is being held this-morning at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields Market.


One woman’s mission to treat suffering animals is PDSA’s legacy as pets’ welfare charity 

31 May

The animal welfare charity that runs east London’s busy Bow Pets Hospital is marking the centenary of its founder Maria Dickin setting up her first dispensary for sick animals in Whitechapel.


Public consultation opens on future of historic Bell Foundry building in Whitechapel 

15 May

A consultation is opening on the future of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry site, where Big Ben and Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell were made.


Award-winning novelist to star at fundraiser for Hackney literacy charity 

30 Apr

Critical acclaim: author Nick Hornby.


Fire destroys two storeys of balconies in Whitechapel blaze 

27 Apr

Balconies on two floors of flats were destroyed in a fire in Whitechapel yesterday.


Whitechapel volunteers raise funds to sponsor their first Syrian refugee family 

26 Apr

Office workers have set up a Whitechapel group to sponsor at least one refugee family from Syria to be resettled in London’s East End with others to follow.


Battle by Spitalfields neighbourhood planning forum to stop developers grabbing last bits of green space 

25 Apr

Neighbourhood activists are campaigning to protect the last bits of green space left in Spitalfields to stop encroaching developers getting their hands on it.


Whitechapel’s Brady Club secrets uncovered in an old attic after 60 years 

24 Apr

Old photographs and memorabilia about the Brady youth clubs that defined the Jewish community in Whitechapel and Spitalfields which lay hidden in an attic for 60 years have been uncovered and are going on show.


Author Azas Konor relives the ‘Battle of Brick Lane’ 40 years after Altab Ali’s murder 

23 Apr

Life has settled for the once-immigrant Bengali community three generations down the road from having faced attacks and murder in the Whitechapel of the 1970s.


What a nerve! New ‘neuron pod’ centre being built in Whitechapel aims to let your imagination ‘run riot’ 

20 Apr

Work has started on a ‘neuron pod’ science learning centre on Queen Mary University’s Whitechapel campus.


Apprentices needed at construction sites in Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Canning Town 

13 Apr

Apprenticeships are being offered on the building sites in Whitechapel, Canary Wharf and Canning Town for on-the-job training for careers in construction.


Whitechapel unites to stand against Islamaphobia and racism 

4 Apr

More than 200 people linked arms in a human chain in Whitechapel last night in a show of solidarity against racism.


Besieged families plea to Tower Hamlets Council over Whitechapel drug dealers 

28 Mar

Families fighting a losing battle on their doorstep against criminals peddling illicit drugs openly in the streets of Whitechapel are desperately appealing to Tower Hamlets Council for help.


Citizens UK campaigners signs up St Clement’s land trust, Spitalfields forum and a Whitechapel school 

21 Mar

Three more organisations have joined Citizens UK civic network’s east London founding branch at last night’s delegates’ assembly held in Shadwell.


MISSING: Callum Kinsella from Royal London Hospital during treatment 

20 Mar

Police are appealing for information to trace a man missing from the Royal London Hospital at Whitechapel.


Hyperlocal & blogs

The Arran Murder 

18 Jul

On July 17th, 1889, the people of London awoke to the news that an East End “unfortunate”, by the name of Alice McKenzie , had been murdered in Castle Alley, off Whitechapel High Street, and they faced up to the alarming possibility that Jack ...


Startling Statements 

16 Jul

Following the murder of Mary Kelly – which took place in Dorset Street, Spitalfields, on the 9th of November, 1888 – there was plenty to occupy the numerous journalists who were grubbing around the area trying to find copy for their newspapers.


The July 2018 Quiz 

14 Jul

It’s time for another of our Jack the Ripper quizzes.


Mary Cowen 

10 Jul

Today, when we look back on the Jack the Ripper crimes, there can be a tendency to take them in isolation and forget that they were, in fact, a small part of a much bigger picture.


Italian wine bar Bottles launches in Old Spitalfield’s Market 

7 Jul

An evening at Bottles (and their partners Sood Kitchen) flows something like the cheeky boon at the end of a tour of a winery.


Another Missive 

4 Jul

Following the murder of Alice McKenzie, which took place on the 17th of July, 1889, there was a sudden flurry of activity as the police, press and others began to wonder if this latest Whitechapel murder spelt the return of the dreaded “Jack the ...


Gardners in Spitalfields on a sunny Saturday 

2 Jul

149 Commercial Street This shop, just along from Spitalfields Market, always brings a smile to my face.


Jack The Ripper July 1889 

2 Jul

July 1889 was the month when people in the East End of London faced up to the alarming possibility that, after an absence of many months – and numerous false scares – Jack the Ripper had returned to the streets of the East End of London.


A Drunk Chairman 

30 Jun

At some stage during 1889, Mr George Lusk stepped down as Chairman of the Whitechapel Vigilance Committee, and his place was taken by Albert Bachert   – whose name frequently appeared in the newspapers as Albert Backert.


Attempted Murder In Whitechapel 

26 Jun

Although 1888 is, nowadays, chiefly remembered as the year of the Jack the Ripper murders, there were other violent crimes that took place in that year, a large percentage of them occurring in Whitechapel.


Mistaken Identity 

22 Jun

A case of mistaken identity is one thing; but what if it came to pass that you found yourself mistaken for one of the most notorious serial killers in history? Interestingly, that is something that happened to people time and time again as the ...


Wife Murder In Spitalfields 

18 Jun

On Boxing Day, December 26th, 1896, a woman was found lying on the pavement in Brick Lane in what the police constable who attended the scene believed was a drunk and incapable state.


Whitechapel Threads sculpture 

15 Jun

{Plaque on base, in embossed letters:} This sculpture by artists Tim and Hattie Coppard was erected in 1996 as part of the Bethnal Green City Challenge Regeneration Programme and marks one of the entrances to Brick Lane Market.


The June 2018 Jack The Ripper Quiz 

14 Jun

Holy moly, we’re halfway through 2018.


The Spiritualist Detectives 

12 Jun

By early October, 1888, with the police quite evidently unable to catch the perpetrator of the Whitechapel atrocities, numerous private individuals were coming forward to offer advice and opinions on how the killer, who by this time was becoming ...


A Successor To Sherlock Holmes 

10 Jun

The Jack the Ripper crimes attracted the attention of all sorts of people who showed a marked determination to either venture out onto the streets of the East End, in the forlorn hope of tracking down the perpetrator of the crimes; or else wrote ...


Poverty And Crime In Whitechapel 

8 Jun

As the Whitechapel murders began to attract more and more press attention in the wake of the murder of Annie Chapman – which took place in Hanbury Street, Spitalfields on the 8th of September, 1888 – more and more commentators began looking into ...


old spitalfields market summer festival 

6 Jun

Old Spitalfields Market is hosting its summer festival Silk Series x Voices East, featuring 40 pop-up stalls from designer-artists, swing dance lessons, street food and a drag fashion show hosted by Miss Silk.


Ghosts With Revolvers 

6 Jun

Today, I thought I’d take a break from things to do with Jack the Ripper and the Whitechapel murders, and take a look at other scary stories that appeared in the Victorian newspapers in the late 1880’s.


The Curse Upon Mitre Square 

4 Jun

In November, 1888, with the horrors of the Whitechapel murders being reported almost daily in the newspapers, and many of the press reports being couched in a distinctly Gothic horror format, John Francis Brewer spotted the opportunity afforded by ...


Jack The Ripper In The News June 1889 

2 Jun

June, 1889, began with newspaper reports that Jack the Ripper had, once again, managed to evade capture by detectives, this time in New York.


Divining By Spirit Medium 

29 May

An intriguing aspect of the investigation of the Jack the Ripper murders is just how many “outside influences” were brought to bear on the police who were tasked with the thankless task of trying to hunt down the perpetrator of the Whitechapel ...


The Whitechapel Murderer – A Discovery 

23 May

In September, 1889, the discovery of a female torso, beneath a railway arch in Pinching Street, Whitechapel, led to speculation that Jack the Ripper had returned to the area and had resumed his murderous activities.


Exciting Scene 

19 May

On July 17th, 1889, Alice McKenzie was murdered in Castle Alley, off Whitechapel High Street, and the panic and unrest that had taken place in the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders the previous autumn resurfaced in the East End of London, and ...


Africa at Spitalfields returns for its sixth consecutive year 

18 May

Africa at Spitalfields returns for 2018.


loti eas | hawksmoor spitalfields 

15 May

Hawksmoor is the daddy of London steak restaurants and its Spitalfields branch is where it all began, way back in 2006.


East End Versus West End 

15 May

One of the many theories concerning the motive behind Jack the Ripper’s killing spree in the East End of London in the autumn of 1888 is that the perpetrator was on a moral crusade to rid the streets of the scourge of prostitution.


The May 2018 Quiz 

13 May

Did you see it? That flash of something moving past with great speed? I am speaking here of the first 5 months of 2018 which have absolutely shot by! But, just as time waits for no one, neither do our quizzes – and so, welcome to the May 2018 Jack ...


Serco workers stage protest at east London hospital 

11 May

Serco workers strike for pay.


Jack’s Back 

11 May

In the aftermath of the Jack the Ripper murders, it is surprising how many people simply could not resist the temptation to put pen to paper and send letters to all and sundry, purporting to come from the perpetrator of the crimes.



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