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The best hotels in Whitechapel

Here's our pick of the best hotels in Whitechapel, from budget options to flashy boutique properties

By Time Out editors

Gritty Whitechapel has plenty to recommend it, not least the groundbreaking Whitechapel Gallery and historic Bell Foundry, and while good hotels in Whitechapel are thin on the ground, it’s a great base for bustling Brick Lane, aka Banglatown, as well-known today for its side-street designer and vintage fashion shops as for its curry houses.

Sunday’s UpMarket showcases more creative makers and shakers, and there’s no shortage of places to eat – such as East End institution Brick Lane Beigel Bake – and drink; we love old-style boozers Pride of Spitalfields and the Still & Star. Here's our pick of the best hotels in Whitechapel. 

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The best hotels in Whitechapel

Qbic Hotel

Hotels Whitechapel
We love Qbic. There are over 170 modular rooms, with comfy beds, rain showers, and free wifi. Working with local charity Bikeworks and Food Cycle, the focus is on community. The DIY aspect – self-service check-in and the snack continental breakfast – keeps prices, from £67, low. A park view costs a few quid more. There’s a natty hangout lounge, and lobby staff on hand, if you need them. Parking costs £12 per day.

ibis London City

Hotels Aldgate
Close to the East London Mosque, this chain hotel has 146 ‘cocoons’, accommodating up to three people. Modular rooms with Sweet Beds are cosy, contemporary and colourful, with modern bathrooms, and free wifi. It’s perfectly placed for the famous Tayyab’s, a BYO restaurant serving fine Punjabi curries. The lobby area, with Foggs Bar and Restaurant, is a funky, friendly area to relax. Plus there’s a shop and laundry. Rooms start from £52.

Premier Inn London City (Aldgate)

Hotels Aldgate
Close to Aldgate station, this one is convenient for the city, as well as the historic Still & Star pub. Brick Lane and Spitalfields market are a ten-minute walk away. Like all Premier Inn accommodation, rooms – 250 of them – are spacious, comfortable and clean, if a tad bland, with tea- and coffee-making facilities and a desk. Well-equipped bathrooms include toiletries, and there’s a bar, restaurant, and free wifi. Prices start at around £160.

Arbor City Hotel

Hotels Whitechapel

With a sister hotel in Hyde Park, the Arbor brings a bit of class to Whitechapel’s accommodation. Just off Brick Lane, it’s in the heart of the action but, thanks to good design and soundproofing, fairly quiet. Smart and spacious accommodation, with a muted palette, has tea- and coffee-making facilities and free wifi. Completing the picture, there’s a communal lounge area – think contemporary mid-century – plus cocktail bar, restaurant, screening area and patio garden. From around £290.

Things to do in Whitechapel

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Whitechapel area guide

Things to do

Although this was once Jack the Ripper’s east London stomping ground, the closest you’ll come to peril in today’s Whitechapel is by dining out on authentically fiery Bangladeshi or Punjabi curry. 


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