Self-described as a touchstone for contemporary art, the Whitechapel Gallery is set in the heart of London’s thriving East End and blends art with it’s hip surroundings.
The gallery has played host to an array of exhibitions from masters to contemporaries, and has undoubtedly contributed to the regeneration of London’s most exciting and innovative cultural quarter. Much of this must be attributed to former Whitechapel director Sir Nicholas Serota, now incumbent at the Tate after his successes here.
Exhibitions have included work from all parts of the cultural spectrum, from Frida Kahlo to Isa Genzken, with its ‘Whitechapel Open’ exhibition also providing a platform for new and emerging talents.
In sync with its regenerating urban surroundings, the gallery successfully unites past with present. The art on display at Whitechapel may include work by the greats, but it never fails to inspire a sense of what’s current too – something that’s reflected in its young, fashionable, and culturally aware audience.
This cosy little restaurant serves a changing menu with emphasis on homely cooking with an Italian twist. The food is affordable and there are some delicious wines to be had.
Reservation: +44 (0) 20 7522 7896.
Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday 12.00 – 15.00
Sunday 12.00 – 15.45
Dinner: Wednesday – Saturday 18.00 – 23.00
This warm and friendly café integrates art into your dining experience, with artworks and literature to keep you entertained as you eat or drink. It serves light meals and delicious snacks at very affordable prices.
You can buy some really nice quality books on contemporary art, modern art, design, and fashion at the Whitechapel Gallery shop. The books can be pretty pricey but there is a great little discounted section with some gems to be discovered. You can also get sketchpads, pencils, and postcards amongst other souvenir items.
77-82 Whitechapel High Street
+44 (0) 20 7522 7888
Tuesday – Wednesday 11.00 – 18.00
Thursday 11.00 – 21.00
Friday – Sunday 11.00 – 18.00
Tube: Aldgate East (Circle Line, District Line, Hammersmith and City Line)
Train: Liverpool Street