Whitechapel, located near our City Post Graduate Accommodation, is one of London’s most vibrant and culturally diverse areas. It is a district in East London, famously known for the Jack the Ripper murders and their contemporary art exhibitions. There are a lot of things to do in Whitechapel, but the fun begins with their places to eat and drink.
They don’t call Whitechapel the jewel in the crown of ‘East London’s Nightlife’ for nothing. With traditional restaurants, multicultural street food and great nightlife, Whitechapel is foodie heaven. In this guide, we’ve listed the 10 best food and drink places in Whitechapel.
The 5 Best Restaurants in Whitechapel
We’ve split the top 10 in half, so first, let’s dive into the top 5 places to eat in Whitechapel:
Whitechapel is famous for its curry houses, like Tayyabs, which is undoubtedly one of the most beloved restaurants on Fieldgate Street. This family-run Punjabi curry house has been running since 1972 and since then has been growing more and more popular. Sometimes it can even be hard to get into, this is how much Whitechapel love a good curry! However, with the menu featuring many Indian classics and having a great atmosphere, it certainly is worth the wait.
East End Chinese restaurant, Sichuan Folk, is located on Hanbury Street. They bring the best authentic Chinese food from the selection of typical Sichuan menus, their famous Sichuan Hotpot and lunch specials. Their food not only is strongly authentic but also good value for money. They offer a truly great experience with their hot and spicy Sichuan food. Many people who left reviews say Sichuan Folk is one of their favourites, and the best Chinese they’ve had.
Authentic Punjabi Cuisine, Needoo Grill, is famous for its Indian curry as well as for its Whitechapel lamb chop. Competing with neighbours like Tayyabs, and Lahore Kebab House, it can be hard to choose which one does the best grill and lamb chops. However, the atmosphere at Needoo Grill pushes them to be the winner. With wall-mounted TVs around their restaurant showing both Bollywood and Lollywood music, it makes the meal memorable for you and your friends.
For your typical American burger and rib joint, HotBox stands out among the capital’s food scenes. They specialise in their mouth-watering barbequed meat selections. The offering ranges from burgers, chicken, pork chops, ribs, wings and more with a wide selection of sides. Head downstairs for after-dinner drinks at the cocktail bar, 46 & Mercy, which is a former Street Art gallery. In their cocktail bar, they pay homage to the space with original works from various artists. They even have a DJ playing on weekends.
Nothing can go wrong with good and traditional British pub food, with The Culpeper being one of the finest pubs in Whitechapel. This pub takes a classic approach to tradition. There is an upmarket bar downstairs, and a stunning restaurant on the second floor, with parquet floors and ambient industrial lighting. Their menus and foods change seasonally and often, incorporating locally and home-grown food as much as possible. They even have a rooftop garden where most of their produce is grown. This garden is inspired by who the pub was named after, 17th Century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. For a classic spin on pub dining, The Culpeper is the place to be.
The 5 Best Bars in Whitechapel
That is the best places to eat sorted! Now let’s cover what some of the top bars and pubs in Whitechapel are:
Discount Suit Company
With a real speakeasy feel, Discount Suit Company is a cocktail bar tucked away in a former suit tailor’s storeroom on the edge of Petticoat Lane. With dimmed lights, wooden floorboards, and mismatched furniture, and an overall vintage style you will feel like you’ve been transported to the past. To add to their vintage feel, you’ll be sipping on classically inspired cocktails and listening to Northern Soul and Vintage Rock n Roll. Be warned, however, this speakeasy is the worst-kept secret and fills up fast!
The Oliver Conquest
For gin lovers, The Oliver’s Conquest has a remarkable growing collection of over 300 local, global, and unique varieties of gins. For a fun night embark on their experiences including tastings, gin masterclasses, and talks about their ‘Gin of the Month’. Among gin, they also have a wide range of cocktails and London’s stable craft beers. With great food and great drinks, this bar is perfect for a night out with your friends.
Apples & Pears
Independent, fun cocktail bar located off Brick Lane, Apples & Pears is tucked away behind a graffiti-covered shutter, but inside it is everything you would expect from a London cocktail bar. With modern art, neon lights, live events and music ranging from soul, funk, old school hip-hop and 80s/90s party classics. And to match their style, they have a wide range of cocktails including the Picnic In Manhattan and the French Connection.
The Ten Bells
Famously called ‘the Jack the Ripper’, The Ten Bells pub is located at the corner of Commercial Street in the East End of London. This pub is noted for its supposed link to two of the Jack the Ripper victims. And if a gruesome murder isn’t enough, the Ten Bells is said to be haunted as there have been numerous sightings of an old Victorian-styled man who walks the halls. Outside of the history, this pub carries a great London staple feel. Here you will find craft beers including Camden Hells and Camden Pale Ale. There’s also an extensive list of wines, cocktails, ale, great pub grub, live music, and quiz nights.
The Blind Beggar
The Blind Beggar is a historic pub located on Whitechapel Road. Built in 1894 on the site of an Inn established before 1654, the pub has a rich history. This history includes a gangster murder by locals Ronnie and Reggie Kray in 1966, the founding of the Salvation Army, and the birth of brown ale. With having an impressive outdoor area in London, great ale, and even The Krays Gangster Tour, it’s no wonder why this classic pub is on the list for a great night.
The restaurants and bars in Whitechapel have something for everyone. The area has a wide mix of places, from old traditional pubs to modern and classic eateries. You’ll find something for whatever mood you’re in! The above are just our favourite places to eat and drink in Whitechapel, but there’s plenty more to be discovered! If you’re looking for more places to drink check out our favourite bars and pubs in Aldgate, which isn’t too far from Whitechapel.