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Cosmopolitan warmth in Whitechapel

A vibrant and eclectic hub in the thick of the East London action, Whitechapel is a great base from which to explore all the culture and creativity of the capital. With the traditional market feel of Old Spitalfields Market, authenticity of the Old Truman Brewery and array of good value eateries like the legendary Pakistani restaurant Tayyabs - Whitechapel has a little bit of everything in its just-north-of-the-river situ.

Take a wander down Petticoat Lane

One of London's most famous markets, head down to Petticoat Lane if you've got an eye for a bargain, with back-to-back stalls offering clothes, jewellery, crafts and a great atmosphere. Not in the market for some new buys? It's still worth heading down for the amazing street food, with tastes from all over the world uniting in this bustling hub just by Aldgate East underground station.

An artistic haven

This part of East London is well-known for its contributions to the arts scene, and centres like the Whitechapel Gallery offer cutting-edge contemporary exhibitions. You'll also find the Cable Street Mural - an uplifting tribute to those who stood up to fascism in the 1930s, and the Lollipop Gallery compiling local street art, are other examples of the creativity on display. Looking for a cheap hotel in Whitechapel? Both Travelodge Aldgate East and Travelodge London Central Tower Bridge make for perfect Nearby options.