Find out about the Whitechapel Gallery


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The Whitechapel Gallery is one of London’s most important cultural centres, with the location possessing a reputation for being the artists’ gallery of choice.

Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo are among the world-renowned artists who have had their work displayed in the building, while modern artists such as Sophie Calle and Paul Noble have also premiered here.

According to the Independent, the gallery is “the place to promote a new belief in the good of art”.

The organisers of the gallery believe that it is a “touchstone for contemporary art internationally”, while it continues to play an important role in the development of London’s cultural landscape.

Their vision for the gallery is also clear – they want it to be viewed as the artists’ gallery for everyone, and play a vital role in helping people to understand modern and contemporary art. Indeed, the gallery’s management team are firm believers in the power of art to bring artists and audiences together.

The gallery is also an excellent location for private and corporate entertaining, as there are brick-exposed galleries and a purpose-built auditorium that can give a unique backdrop for all manner of creative events. The address is Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX.

Opening times

  • Monday – CLOSED
  • Tuesday to Sunday – 11am to 6pm

Current exhibitions

  • A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis (April 21st – October 4th)
  • Terrapolis (May 27th – July 26th)
  • Children’s Commission 2015: Rivane Neuenschwander: The Name of Fear (June 23rd – August 30th)
  • Artists’ Film International: Summer 2015 (July 14th – September 27th)
  • The London Open (July 15th – September 6th)

Whitechapel Cafe

The cafe bar faces on to the main street and offers people the perfect place to meet up and enjoy a drink. Open late on Thursdays and boasting free WiFi, the seasonal menu offers a variety of cakes and pastries, light bites and larger plates. Among the specialities are chargrilled chorizo, red peppers and marjoram, and gluten-free raspberry and polenta cake.

Whitechapel Gallery Shop

The Whitechapel Shop offers an array of beautiful and unique merchandise, with a percentage of all sales going to help support the building. Among the items that can be bought are:

Exhibition catalogues

  • Gifts and stationery
  • Documents of contemporary art
  •  Whitechapel Gallery publications
  • Exhibition posters
  • Gift vouchers

Nearby tube stations

  • Aldgate East (0.1 mile) – Head northeast on Whitechapel High Street towards Commercial Street and the destination will be on the left. This walk will take about two minutes.
  • Tower Gateway (0.6 miles) – Head east towards Minories. Turn left on Minories, turn right on to Aldgate High Street and then take a slight left on St Botolph Street. Continue on to Whitechapel High Street and the destination will be on the left. This walk will take about 13 minutes.
  • Liverpool Street – (0.7 miles) – Head southeast on Liverpool Street towards White Hart Court. Next, turn right on to Bishopsgate, turn left on to Houndsditch and then turn left on to Outwich Street. Finally, turn left on to St Botolph Street and continue on to Whitechapel High Street. The destination will be on the left and the walk will take about 14 minutes.
  • Moorgate Tube Station – Head north on Moorfields towards Moor Place. Turn right on Moor Place and then turn right on to Moorgate. Next, turn left on to London Wall, turn left on to Bishopsgate and head for Camomile Street. Finally, turn left on to Outwich Street, turn left on to St Botolph Street and continue on to Whitechapel High Street. This walk will take about 20 minutes.

Nearby bus servicesNumber 25, 205 and 254 stop outside the gallery

  • Number 15, 115, 40, 42,45 and 67 stop outside Aldgate Station
  • Number 35, 43,78,149, 242, 344 and 388 stop on Commercial Road
  • Number 242 and 253 stop outside Liverpool Street Station

Nearby attractions

  • St-Botolph-Without-Aldgate (Aldgate High Street, Whitechapel, London EC3N)
  • Raven Row (56 Artillery Lane, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • StolenSpace Gallery (Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • Bevis Marks Synagogue (Bevis Marks, Whitechapel, London EC3A)
  • Old Spitalfields Market (105a Commercial Street, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • Electric Blue Gallery (64 Middlesex Street, Whitechapel, London E1)
  • Neon Gallery (117 Commercial Street, Whitechapel, London E1)