Whitechapel station is located in the Tower Hamlets areas of the east end of the capital and is a busy link with the rest of the city.
The Zone 2 station was opened in 1976 to connect with Liverpool Street Station, but has undergone a number of extensions since then and now connects to both the London Underground network and the mainline overland services.
It is expected that the station will eventually become part of the Crossrail route. Sharing the same entrance as the existing mainland and tube station, the addition will mean travellers can connect with Crossrail, Hammersmith and City, District and Overground lines.
It is anticipated there will be 24 Crossrail services running each hour and it will help reduce overall journey times for commuters. Following the connection to the Crossrail network, it is expected Heathrow Airport will be only 39 minutes away, whilst Whitechapel to Canary Wharf will be reduced to just three minutes.
Whitechapel takes its name from a chapel that was destroyed in the Second World War and the whole area boosts strong links to the history of the capital. Perhaps, most infamously the area is linked with Jack the Ripper, who carried out a killing spree in Whitechapel during the late 19th century.
Take in the local shops
There is plenty to do once you leave Whitechapel station, with the local area being one of London most vibrant shopping areas. The surrounding shops offer a real mix Asian, African and Middle Eastern influences and there is plenty of top-quality clothing and homeware goods on sale.
One of the highlights is the local market, which covers the areas from Vallance Road to Cambridge Heath Road and sells pretty much every specialist Asian ingredient you could ever want. As well as food, there is a wide range of goods available, ranging from phone cars, flowers to affordable fashion clothes.
Get something to eat
Whitechapel Road has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best places to grab a curry. There is an almost overwhelming number of restaurants to choose from, including the famous Tayyabs. Opened in 1972, the eatery often has a queue of people wanting to get in
If you fancy something a little unusual then consider Clifton Brick Lane. Serving traditional Bangladeshi dishes from an open kitchen, the food is divine and the setting provides a great experience.