Welcome to this Smartphone Audio Walking Tour of East London. Discover London’s historic East End at your own pace. Hear academics from Queen Mary University of London bring more than 300 years of east London’s fascinating past to life. The tour starts at Liverpool Street Station and finishes at Stepney Green Underground Station. This content has been repackaged into a Smartphone audio tour by tellME Media.
12 – Lusby’s Music Hall, Mile End Rd
Popular entertainment is at the heart of East End history, as Dr Alastair Owens explains. What is now the Genesis Cinema started life as the Eagle Pub in the 1840s. Lusby’s Music Hall, the Paragon Theatre of Varieties, and the Mile End Empire were later reincarnations. At the end of the tour, Professor Amanda Vickery gives her take on what makes a Georgian house, as seen on Mile End Road, so architecturally special.
11 – Trinity Almshouses, Mile End Rd
Professor Miles Ogborn talks about the Trinity Alms Houses, built in 1695 on Mile End Road. These were charitable homes for retired sea captains, and a quiet haven away from the busy Thames docks.
10 – Mile End
Mile End Waste was the East End version of Speakers’ Corner in Victorian times. In the 1860s William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army preached here. Dr Alastair Owens explains Booth’s approach to tackling East End poverty and overcrowding; issues that troubled many social reformers of the day.
09 – Fulbourne Street
On 31 August 1888 the body of Mary Jane Kelly, a victim of Jack the Ripper, was discovered on a street behind what is now Whitechapel Tube Station. From crime and poverty to radical politics, Dr Alastair Owens talks about the Victorian East End's global significance.
08 – Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel Rd
Altab Ali Park on Whitechapel Road is named in memory of a 25-year-old Bangladeshi man who was murdered in 1978. Shortly after his death, 7,000 people marched on Trafalgar Square to demand better police protection for local minorities. The murder of Altab Ali, says Professor Parvati Nair, brought to the fore a deeply entrenched fight for political and criminal justice among the Bangla people.
07 – Brick Lane
Dr Nadia Valman tells the story of the Brick Lane Mosque - a building that embodies the immigrant history of the East End. It started life as a Huguenot Church in the seventeenth century, erected to express the prosperity of their Calvanist faith. Today, it is a place of worship for the thriving local Bangladeshi community.