A Visitor’s Guide to the Whitechapel Art Gallery


The Whitechapel Art Gallery has always had a reputation for showcasing some of the best art in the world.

From Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock, to Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo, it has long been associated with premiering world-class artists and bringing together a broad range of superb displays.

According to the Independent, the gallery is “the place to promote a new belief in the good of art” and the venue often acts as a touchstone for contemporary art internationally. The gallery also plays an important role in London’s cultural landscape and is thought to be among the most popular location for artists to go and look at the work of their contemporaries.

Opening times


Tuesday to Sunday
11 am to 6 pm

(Opens to 9 pm on Thursdays)

Current exhibitions

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye selects from the V-A-C collection; Natures, Natural and Unnatural (Running until June 14th)

Peter Liversidge

Notes on Protesting (Running until June 14th)

A Utopian Stage

Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis (Running until October 4th)

Christopher Williams

The Production Line of Happiness (Running until June 21st)

Artists’ Film International

Spring 2015; Anatoly Shuravlev, Tran Luong, Vahap AvÅŸar (Running until July 14th)

Public transport

Tube Station

Aldgate East

This underground station is less than a one-minute walk away. Head southwest on Whitechapel High Street.

Liverpool Street

Walk to Bishopsgate, before turning left onto Outwich and then left again onto St Botolph, which turns into Whitechapel High Street. The distance in 0.7 miles and should take about 15 minutes.

Tower Gateway

Head north onto Hammet Street, then take a left at Goodman’s Yard and finally a right onto Whitechapel High Street. The distance is 0.6 miles and should take about 12 minutes.


The 25, 205 and 254 stop outside the gallery.


There are docking stations at Barclays Cycle Hire at Altab Ali Park and at Braham Street, Aldgate.

Nearby cinemas

Electric Cinema

64-66 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DP – Head to Bethnal Green Road, before turning right onto Osborn Street and then head southwest to get to Whitechapel High Street. The cinema is 0.7 miles away and should take about 15 minutes.

Genesis Cinema

93-95 Mile End Rd, London E1 4UJ – Head northeast Whitechapel High Street and the destination will be on the left. The distance is 0.9 miles and will take about 18 minutes.

Barbican Centre

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS – Head to Cobb Street, then New Street and then onto Eldon Street, before turning onto Silk Street. The cinema is 1.2 miles away and it will take about 25 minutes to walk there.

Places to visit

Below is a list of places near Whitechapel Art Gallery that are worth visiting:

Grapeshots wine bar

(2-3 Artillery Passage, Whitechapel, London, E1 7LJ)

Habibi Sushi

(7A Artillery Passage, Whitechapel, London, E1 7LJ)

Marco Pierre White Steak & Alehouse

(109 -116 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7JF)

Pizza Union

(25 Sandy’s Row, Corner of Middlesex St, Spitalfields, Aldgate, London, E1 7HW)

Whitechapel Bell Foundry

(32-34 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1DY)

London Muslim Centre

(46 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1JX)

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium

(152-154 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 6DG)

Whitechapel Market

(199-337 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BU)

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