The Best Restaurants In Whitechapel, London

The White Chapel Building in Whitechapel East London - an 1980s office block refurbished to a design by Fletcher Priest Architects
The White Chapel Building in Whitechapel East London - an 1980s office block refurbished to a design by Fletcher Priest Architects | © Robert Evans / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Niamh Cassidy
9 February 2017

It’s no surprise that Whitechapel, one of London’s most culturally diverse areas, boasts some of the best food around. From traditional curry houses to a taste of the continent, there’s little you won’t find tucked away down Whitechapel’s historical winding streets. A foodie heaven for those who know where to look, we’ve put together a guide to the East End’s best restaurants for those who don’t. Check out the Culture Trip’s top five Whitechapel restaurants.

Whitechapel Mural | © Jim Linwood/Flickr


Pub, Restaurant, Indian
Courtesy of Tayyabs
Something of a stalwart on the East End scene, Tayyabs is undoubtedly one of the most beloved restaurants in the area. The family-run Punjabi restaurant grew from humble beginnings in 1972 to take over three separate premises, and now sees huge queues of people streaming from its doors most nights. But it’s worth the wait – the menu features Indian classics cooked to perfection (the lamb comes highly recommended), and the atmosphere is second to none. Book early and bring your own bottle to avoid disappointment.


Restaurant, American, $$$
Courtesy of thehotboxlondon

With the recent influx of rib shacks and burger joints onto the capital’s food scene, it can be hard to find one that stands out. HotBox, however, manages exactly that. All exposed brick and benches, the American barbecue specialist puts the focus firmly on its mouth-watering selection of meat. If you can manage it, the Smoked Selection is a tour de force of barbecue food as it should be, and is matched perfectly by a small but carefully considered selection of sides. For after dinner drinks (if you aren’t too full to move), head downstairs to 46 and Mercy, who offer cocktails and an artsy atmosphere in equal measure.

The Culpeper

Pub, Restaurant with Rooms, Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Courtesy of Culpeper

One thing East London does well is a pub, and The Culpeper is one of the finest in Whitechapel. An upmarket bar downstairs, the second floor restaurant features stunning seasonal food in a beautifully restored setting of parquet floors and ambient industrial lighting. The menu changes often, incorporating as often as possible the local and (literally) home grown; much of the produce is grown in the Culpeper’s own rooftop garden, perhaps taking inspiration from the 17th century Spitalfields herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper, for whom the pub is named. For classic dining with a touch of class, The Culpeper is hard to beat.

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