This trip starts at Aldgate and continues as a gentle stroll down Whitechapel High St and Whitechapel Road. Whitechapel grew from Norman times, catering for the needs of travellers and accomodating the trades which were excluded from the city because of the danger, noise and smell.
The nearest stations are Aldgate on the Circle line and Aldgate East on the District and Metropolitan lines. Bus No 40 also stops across the road from the first pub. The times in brackets are the approximate times of leaving each pub
Come out of Aldgate station, cross the road and go through the arch and the first pub is on the left
Busy one bar pub full of city gents. The beer is expensive. Probably the only pub in the country so named. It may derive from the combination of distillation apparatus (still) and the symbol of the early licencees association (star).
Turn left out of the pub and the next pub is on the left
Busy modern on bar pub named after a former Duke of Somerset who used to own property in the area. Outside drinking area. Food available
Turn left out of the pub, then right into Mansell St, cross at the crossing and then turn left into Alie St. The next pub is on the left
Grade 2 listed building recently renovated and re-opened opposite the oldest Indian restaurant in London. Busy pub filled with city types. Unlikely to be any seats
Turn left out of the pub, then left into Leman Street, cross at the zebra crossing, go into the subway and follow the signs for exit 19
Modern, spacious one bar pub with a wonderful barman. He certainly played the cockney wag to perfection. good jukebox. Pies available.
Warning closes at 8:00pm if there is not enough custom.
cross Commercial St. to the next pub
Comfortable one bar pub with partly divided bar and full of young people and dreadful piped music. Food available.
Turn left and walk to nearly the other end of the Whitechapel Road. The next pub is on the left.
Two bar basic Irish pub left to run down in the last few years. The public was full of locals watching TV in darkness. The Ladies and Gents are not recommended. However the beer was good and there were plenty of seats
The last pub is a few yards away on the left
Smart one bar pub named after Count Maurice of Nassau, prominent soldier of late 16th and early 17th centuries. Good choice of food at reasonable prices.
A few yards along is Whitechapel station on the District, Metropolitan and East London lines.
Survey Details:- Team: Edmund Featherstone, Ann Harper, Campbell Robb, Barbara Waby, John Wright, Reg Wright. Date: Tuesday 19th September 1989
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