3 Fun things for students to do in Whitechapel

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Life at University isn’t all about knuckling down to hard work (ok, it is a little bit about that, but bear with us).  Sometimes, a break from your studies is required, and that’s when it comes in really handy to have the delights of London right on your student accommodation doorstep.

The Curve is situated right in the heart of cool London, with Shoreditch, Old Street and Brick lane just moments away.  So, with that in mind, here are our top three things to do in Whitechapel when you want a little time off from your studies.

  1. Stretching between Vallance Road and Cambridge Heath Road, the lively Whitechapel Market has every type of speciality Asian ingredient you’ll ever need. It’s also well stocked with fruit and veg, cut-price toiletries, phone cards, fashion, haberdashery essentials, flowers and fabrics, proving a fascinating distraction from your studies, and an essential location for stocking up on those home from home necessities.
  2. 120 years ago, Whitechapel was a very different place, with its cobbled alleys haunted by the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. Buildings today that house student friendly pubs, cafes, and boutique shops, might once have been frequented by this infamous London resident – sends a shudder down your spine, doesn’t it?  Relive the horror of yesteryear (and learn the fascinating history of Victorian London) with Jack the Ripper tours, which are held daily.  If you dare…
  3. You’ve finished your shopping and learnt a bit of local history – so now it’s time to immerse yourself in some local culture, at the Whitechapel Gallery. This East End favourite reopened in 2009 following a major redesign and expansion that saw the Grade II listed building transformed into a vibrant, holistic centre of art complete with a research centre, archives room and café.Since 1901, The Whitechapel Art Gallery has built on its reputation as a pioneering contemporary institution and is well remembered for premiering the talents of exhibitions by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo among others. Expect the rolling shows to be challenging and risqué.

There’s a whole lot more to Whitechapel than the above, of course, but we hope we’ve given you a little taste of inspiration for what your London student experience has to offer.