Located 1 mile east of the City of London, Whitechapel has had a gruesome past - because of Jack the Ripper, the infamous Sidney Street siege, and being the site of one of the Cray twins' murder's (at the Blind Beggar pub to be exact), though is currently undergoing some redevelopment, including a new Sainsbury's superstore.

Whitechapel is the home of a thriving street market (daily, except Sunday), the Royal London Hospital (complete with helipad for London's Air Ambulance service), numerous excellent Indian restaurants (e.g. Sita Tandoori) and pubs (e.g. London Hospital Tavern).

Nearby attractions include the Whitechapel Art Gallery near Aldgate East underground station and the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green.

Whitechapel can be reached from Central London either by Underground (District, Hammersmith and City) or Bus (25 from Oxford Circus), or there is the East London line running from New Cross and Wapping. Paul Crowther (pac@star.ucl.ac.uk)