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Culture Guide To East London

Culture in 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 missing out!
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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