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In the meantime, last week we came across a great little article focusing on one of the East End most historical areas, Whitechapel.
The Londoneer’s whimsically-titled piece ‘Wandering in Whitechapel‘ looks at the current cultural climate in and around this part of Tower Hamlets.
From Whitechapel Gallery to the Whitechapel Bell Foundry via the East London Mosque, the area clearly has a lot on offer – and it also boasts connections with some of the greatest authors of the past (including imminent birthday boy, Charles Dickens).
With its bustling markets and diverse community, the Londoneer points out that ‘Whitechapel is rather different today from the area that grew up around the church as early as the 14th century’. Our author goes on to note:
‘The most prominent religious building in the area these days is the East London Mosque, which has recently been expanded and now covers a large area of land on the north side of Whitechapel Rd towards the City.’
The ‘beautiful tiles on the entrance’ and the ‘traditional geometric patterns’ characterise the mosque, which towers majestically over the surrounding area.
The Whitechapel Gallery, another focus for the Londoneer, has pulled in some of the world’s most revered artists over the past century – and the current ‘Rothko in Britain‘ exhibition has caught the imagination of many bloggers, Lucy Hewitt among them. Look out for the Artists in Residence exhibition too, featuring the work of Shiraz Bayjoo and DARTER.
Other buildings worth a visit are the Idea Store, Tower Hamlets’ futuristic library, and the Tower Hamlets Mission, a charity which has been serving the needs of the poor in the area since 1870′, in the words of the Londoneer.
A fascinating area, then, and well worth a visit. As the world focuses on East London this year, Whitechapel epitomises the colour and intrigue which this end of the city can offer.