The must-see museums near Whitechapel


What are you looking to get from your visit to London? If it’s nightlife you’re looking for, then a trip to the trendy districts of Shoreditch and Soho will leave you spoilt for choice thanks to the vast range of clubs and pubs catered to fit every music taste imaginable. If shopping’s your vice, then a trip to Oxford Street or Westfield shopping centre should be top of your to-do list.

Perhaps you’re visiting London to satisfy your passion for history? You’ll find everything from stunning memorials and graves to massive museums here, but with so many to choose from it can be difficult to pick which ones to visit.

It’s for this reason we’re giving you our pick of the very best must-see museums near Whitechapel, so all you history lovers can get your fix without having to travel far from your opulent room at the M By Montcalm Shoreditch.

The Royal London Hospital Museum

St Augustine with St Philip’s Church, Newark St, Whitechapel, London E1 2AA

This fascinating little museum is a true gem to be discovered near our M by Montcalm Shoreditch. The venue is dedicated to the medical history of London, and has some of the most intriguing exhibitions in the entirety of our capital city. A brilliant display on the legendary murders of Jack the Ripper can be found here, as well as the amazing skeleton of one of London’s most famous patients: Joseph Merrick, The Elephant Man. There’s also a small shop inside the museum where you can pick up a souvenir from your visit. A fantastic off-the-beaten-track find for true history lovers.

Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX

If you’re an admirer of the arts then the best museum in the vicinity for you is Whitechapel Gallery. This incredible institution has been the premiere location of works from some of the greatest artists in history, including Jackson Pollock, Fridha Kahlo and Pablo Picasso. It’s also home to the pieces of modern greats such as Sophie Calle and Mark Wallinger, and the gallery prides itself on its dedication to contemporary international art.

On top of the stunning galleries and exhibitions you’ll find here, the gallery also offers inspiring art courses and educational resources if you’re looking to hone your craft.
There’s also a café which transforms into a wine bar by night if you fancy a drink whilst checking out the vast variety of art, as well as a charming bookshop which makes for an ideal spot to pick up a souvenir.


Ragged School Museum

46-50 Copperfield Rd, London E3 4RR

Another great museum to visit during your stay at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch is the Victorian School Museum. This is a fantastic destination to check out if you’re interested in educational history, with four floors of Victorian-era school history to explore. You can go back in time to see what the Victorian classroom was like, and if you can try your hand at chores of a bygone era by beating a rug and peg washing on a line. It’s also great if you’ve got children with you; there’s a large soft-play room that will keep your kids more than entertained while you explore this magical museum.