Guide To East London
|| If you thought
that all the east had to offer could be seen in a few
episodes EastEnders - you may find that you’ve been
East London offers mixed bag of theatre-based entertainments,
historic hideaways, art
galleries and several unsung cultural gems.
For example other than being the playground of Jack
the Ripper, Whitechapel also has other claim to fame
– a listing in the Guinness Book of Records for
being home to the Britain’s oldest manufacturing
company, the Whitechapel Bell Foundry [map].
Famous bells born out of the Foundry include Big Ben and the original Liberty bell. Tours usually take
place two Saturdays each month check their website for further details.
Owned by the National Trust, Sutton House [map] is a
red brick Tudor mansion in the heart of East London. This
house was once home to merchants, silk weavers, Edwardian
clergy and England’s first secretary of state Ralph
Sadleir for Henry VIII. Resplendent with carved fireplaces
and oak panelled room, this is one of the oldest surviving
buildings in the UK.
For culture of the dramatic kind, head for Hackney
Empire [map] where you’ll find musicals, opera, ballet, comedy
and more. The recently opened Stratford Circus [map] is the place for performing arts and the Arcola E8 has an innovative programme of new shows.
East London is also the home to a number of art
galleries. Whitechapel Art Gallery [map] is one
of London's leading contemporary art establishments but
you'll also find the 291 Gallery, The Showroom and Flowers East gallery here as well.
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