A cultural, arty area without the self-conscious trendiness of neighbouring Shoreditch, Whitechapel retains much of its Victorian, East-End look and feel. The area’s significant Indian-Asian population means that Whitechapel restaurants are a must for foods from the subcontinent. Brick Lane is literally a (very long) street of curry houses and restaurants. It can be hit-and-miss, so check out the gems from our selection before you venture out for dinner on Brick Lane. Representing the trendier side of restaurants in Whitechapel, the sprawling, red-brick Truman Brewery is Whitechapel’s hub for arty goings-on, and the dining and décor there are up-to-the minute to match.
If you want the best in Brick Lane, where better to choose than an Indian impressive enough to be recommended by the Prince of Wales himself, and that’s Aladin. With its warm, comfortable atmosphere and selection of classic dishes from India and Bangladesh, Aladin even features on the BBC’s list of the world’s best curry houses.
Moving on to the aforementioned Truman Brewery, head to the venue’s Brickhouse Restaurant for something altogether more hip, decorated as it is in the style of a 1930s speakeasy. The Brickhouse is all about the vibrant experience, and you can book one of their bed areas or booths to occupy while you enjoy cabaret along with experimental modern British cuisine.