Notorious for the Jack the Ripper murders, Whitechapel, in the melting pot that is the East End of London, still dwells on its grisly past with several Ripper tours leaving from Whitechapel station. In Travel Zone 2, on both London Underground (District and Hammersmith & City lines) and London Overground East London Line lines, Whitechapel will soon also welcome Crossrail to its vibrant community, and with it comes the promise of 24 trains an hour to Heathrow, the West End and Canary Wharf to boost the local economy as the station becomes a modern transport hub. Opposite the 1876 station entrance, which sits alongside shops and eateries on Whitechapel Road is the newly rebuilt Royal London Hospital, one-time home to Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man. In 2012 after eight years of construction, the 17-storey hospital opened its doors, ensuring its bright future as home to London's air ambulance and one of the largest children's hospitals in the UK.
Whitechapel station's entrance off Whitechapel Road leads down to a concourse with ticket machines, a newsagent and ticket barriers through to the platforms. For Overground trains, you should head to platforms 5 and 6 as all other platforms are used for District and Hammersmith & City lines Underground trains, which are directly ahead from the concourse. With so much happening around the station, there are few amenities, so pass your time in the melee of Whitechapel Market.