The area of London known as Whitechapel is named after a small chapel of ease built in the 14th century. The whitewash used to paint the walls caused the chapel to be known as ‘The White Chapel’ and in time, the name was used to identify the surrounding area as well. Whitechapel High Street and Whitechapel Road, now both part of the A11, were originally the initial part of the Roman road between the City of London and Colchester. In 18th and 19th centuries, travellers to London would find coaching inns and hotels in Whitechapel, the proximity to the new industrial areas being responsible for much of this growth. Now most visitors arrive using the tube; Whitechapel station was opened in 1874 and since that time has been an integral part of both the underground and over ground train services.
Since the 1970s Whitechapel has been prominent in both London’s art scene and punk rock/skuzz rock scene. The Whitechapel Art Gallery has garnered fame and support both in the UK and internationally since its founding in 1901, while the Whitechapel Factory and Rhythm Factory have showcased many bands that have found commercial success in recent years.
Qbic design hotel London is ideally situated to explore this fascinating area of London and is a quick hop from the Whitechapel tube station.