Whitechapel Gallery
Whitechapel Gallery
3.5
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
For over a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucien Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger.With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the newly expanded Gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.The Gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.
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Neighbourhood: Whitechapel
Whether you're here for its dynamic street life, world class galleries or famed curry houses, you're bound to be wowed by the uniquely cosmopolitan flavor of Whitechapel. Long gone are the days when Jack the Ripper stalked its streets. And despite his mysterious legacy bringing throngs of curiosity driven tour groups to its back alleys and otherwise serene garden squares, these days you're more likely to catch a cutting edge fashionista scurrying through its age old lanes than criminals of any sort.
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  • Aldgate East • 3 min walk
  • Aldgate • 6 min walk
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futtock21
London, UK16,480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
The main event here is the revival of Radical Figures occupying the largest two ground floor and two first floor visions. But as a free alternative there are four other exhibitions across the gallery’s other spaces. On the ground floor Carlos Bunga’s strange warehouse world of ladders, upside down chairs, antique mirrors, pots and irons. A sort of sculptural version of MIchael Craig-Martin without the neon or the colour for that matter. In the theatre Rachel Pimms’s Plates combining landscapes from Northern Ireland and Zimbabwe. Upstairs a reprise of a selection of mainly Spanish painting and photography by one Veronica Berber Bicecci. Most impressive for me was the revival of an exhibition of paintings by artists featured in The Return of The Spirit in Painting at the RA in 1981. Only five artists represented but what stunning paintings, all masterpieces in their own right from the likes of Bruce McLean, Julian Schnabel, Mimmo Paladino and even a Georg Baselitz. Had there been an exhibition fee for all five exhibitions would have been worth the price for this group of paintings alone. Some useful archival material is available about the original exhibition.
Written 17 July 2020
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Mar N
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
About two term , Im bringing my daughter for an art project which is a really professional and good project for children . I always were happy by coffee shop but sadly my last experience in first Saturday of February 2020 wasn’t pleasant at all .
The manager of coffee shop treat us really bad ,I think he got upset as I said , I’m wonder if please kindly clean the table . !!!
He cleaned my table and not my friend’s table which was the one that we asked to be clean , he didn’t bring knife for our cakes and after requesting it took more than 15 minutes to bring one and put it on the dirty table when I went to ask the other one he gave it to me very rudely.
I told him that I want tea for two people and he told me the teapot is enough for two people but he brought only one cup and brought the second one after 15 minutes that tea got cold
So I had to tell him to please bring back them and I don’t want my money too .
I tried to find the manager and I found he is the manager so I decide to leave the place and before it I asked a gentleman in clock room that how I could write a letter about my experience, he told me each part actually is working separately and we could not write letter to the gallery and the best thing is to tell him we are not satisfied and want to leave the coffee shop satisfied.
I return and asked my friend to leave the coffee shop with me and on that time manager came and told me he want to give me refund and we could go and find another resturant !!!
I said my friend was my guest and it was very unpleasant experience how ever I’m glad that you refund my money .
After leaving the coffee shop we went and visit gallery and after leaving galley , my friend showed me an Italian resturant very close to gallery
We went there and I found it was more cheaper with a better quality with very polite staff .
From next Saturday I will go to that Italian resturant and really I feel I should say thank you to that manager as Now I find a very good resturant with much more option close to the galley .
Written 9 February 2020
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Phil R
neath91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Spent an afternoon in this quaint gallery. Seems to concentate on modern art and installations which might not be to everyone's taste. There are a lot of lifts in the building but all galleries are accessible by wheelchair. Would recommend, Staff helpful and friendly.
Written 29 February 2020
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futtock21
London, UK16,480 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
This must be one of the most comprehensive retrospectives of the work of Eileen Agar a grande dame of English art whose life (1889-1991) was almost coterminous with that of the twentieth century itself. The space of no fewer than three galleries have been set aside for this exhibition, the largest in the ground floor featuring oils watercolours mainly pre-war as well as cabinets housing diaries, sketches and extracts from magazines and newspapers promoting or commenting on her exhibitions. Upstairs mainly post-war culminating in some large collages and late acrylics. But it was not the surrealist element of her work that I found so striking as the subtle yet bold colours and at times the sheer beauty of her creations such as the huge dove in whose head and neck one imagines anything from stripy wallpaper to a miniature recumbent female form. Entry to the Agar also affords entry to the free galleries including an exhibition next to the first floor library of English female surrealists (including sculptors) in general.
Written 6 June 2021
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Lee D
207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
What a great Gallery space and exhibitions! I would definitely visit frequently if I lived locally (which unfortunately I don't) but as it's relatively small I would probaly only make a special trip if it had an exhibiton on that I was particularily keen to see. The works were well diplayed and the staff were very happy to talk about the exhibitions and share their expertise. I thoroughly enjoyed Whitechapel Gallery and would definitely recommend it - including the nice cafe and shop.
Written 14 November 2022
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MKB2204
London, United Kingdom67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
The first time that I have been to the Whitechapel Gallery and I enjoyed my visit very much. Everyone was very helpful and the entire gallery is perfectly prepared for the current, quiet difficult situation (COVID-19). Not only is everything perfectly displayed but they also restrict the number of people per exhibition room. The explanation signs for the artefacts are perfectly placed and are short and easy to understand.
Also the on site Café/Restaurant (“Townsend”) is very pleasant and has very friendly service.
Written 30 August 2020
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yellowperil2018
London, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Really lovely little gallery with some interesting and whacky stuff that free. Interesting installation from a Thai artist sponsored by Dior, a graffiti room Where anybody can leave a comment (very funny) and then a room dedicated to feminist art. Pretty diverse and not everybody’s cup of tea but it’s different and challenging so give it a try. Also near Brick Lane and loads of fantastic little restaurants nearby. My 17 year old daughter loved it.
Written 8 April 2023
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Hstevens282
Leven, UK307 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
My title says it all. There were some works there which I liked, some which I didn't and a few which I could not make head nor tail of. Still it passed an hour pleasantly and there is a wee cafe where you can get refreshments. Those who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
Written 4 October 2020
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Robin S
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
I came here by mistake looking for the other art exhibition (Whitechurch Passage), which I recommend.
WG has better signposting but worse art than Whitechurch Passage. To get to WCP, take a right on White Church Lane down to Sushinoen, then take a left.
Very confusing signage. Also, the art doesn't make sense.
Written 2 November 2021
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Liz
London, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
There is an interesting exhibition on here with live tango performances. Immerse yourself in 1960-70s movie sets!

The bookshop has a special display picking up the themes of orientalism, empire and slavery, mental health and art.
Written 28 March 2024
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