Walking historic Whitechapel

Join me on a journey through the streets of Whitechapel, one of London’s most vibrant and storied areas. Our East London walking tour begins at Petticoat Lane, a bustling market dating back to the 1600s now known for its lively atmosphere and diverse range of goods. From there, we’ll make our way to Wentworth Street once the heart of the Jewish East End and still a weekday market and centre of textile shops.

As we continue our walk, we’ll visit Commercial Street, where we’ll see Toynbee Hall, a social reform centre that has played a crucial role in the development of the area. From there, we’ll head to East Tenter Street, where we’ll see the impressive St George’s German Church dating from 1720.

Whitechapel Mount according to an 1801 drawing,[1] with the London Hospital to the left
Unknown author - Illustrated London News, 28 April 1862

Next, we’ll make our way to Commercial Road then to the site of the original White Church that gives Whitechapel its name. From there, we’ll visit the iconic Whitechapel Bell Foundry, a historic business that has been casting bells since the 1570s and the site of Whitechapel Fort, one of London’s Civil War defences. Finally, we’ll end our tour at the Whitechapel Mount, located next to the London Hospital.

Throughout our walk, we’ll delve into the rich history and culture of Whitechapel, learning about the fascinating sites and stories that have shaped this vibrant neighbourhood.

Filmed on Christmas Eve 2022

Image credit:
Whitechapel Mount according to an 1801 drawing, with the London Hospital to the left
Unknown author – Illustrated London News, 28 April 1862

Resonance fm fundraiser at Cafe Oto – Richard Dawson

Cafe Oto

9th March: Great scene at Cafe Oto for the Resonance fm fundraiser, Richard Dawson headlining, Kamura Obscura opening the night, Ben Thompson on the decks. Saw some wonderful people in the audience.
Richard Dawson was something else, transcendental, picking, strumming, thrashing that electric guitar and hitting those incredible vocal notes.

Richard Dawson Cafe Oto
Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson Cafe Oto
Kamura Obscura Cafe Oto
Kamura Obscura

Coastal walk from Folkestone to Dover

Last summer I headed out to do the two harbours walk from Folkestone to Dover in Kent, partly following the North Downs Way. This beautiful coastal walk follows the chalk cliffs with stunning views across the Channel ending at the famous white cliffs of Dover. We pass the Martello towers, Abbots Cliff Sound Mirror, Battle of Britain War Memorial, Samphire Hoe and Shakespeare Cliff.
I have to say this was one of the most picturesque walks I’ve done anywhere in the world.

The pints in a hotel bar with my Dad and sister at the end were decent as well.

This links to the walk I did from Folkestone in 2022 to visit the Hythe Sound Mirrors.