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Whitechapel Leman Street

By Traveller January 3, 2019
London

Whitechapel Leman Street

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By Alexandra Traveller January 3, 2019

How safe is this area? I am considering living in a new building, very nice, but the area itself is what I am concerned about. Other option is by the Wembley stadium? I am a female student. The distance to my Uni is more or less the same from both areas. What would you recommend? Any comments and information about both areas are more than welcome.

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Whitechapel for a single girl at night is probably not the safest and you will probably receive a fair amount of unwanted attention as my partner used to live in that area and wasn't a fan! I used to live near Wembley Park station near Wembley Stadium and it is fine. Definitely safe but not a tonne of things to do around there. There is an outlet centre with chain shops and restaurants but not a lot much else. Wembley Park station is on the night tube (Jubilee line) and has the fast Metropolitan line in as well so it is great for getting about. Hope that helps!
Local January 3, 2019
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It is fine and consists of developed student accommodation, shops, restaurants and bars.
Local January 3, 2019
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I should add that Leman Street is also nearby some fantastic food choices in Aldgate, has some decent pubs, is close to Whitechapel gallery and has a Waitrose just down the road. It's not as "gritty" as the Whitechapel and Shadwell areas east of it, being fairly close to the City and Tower of London.
Alexandra, I live in this area, exactly here, and I have done for nearly 10 years. It’s really central, excellent for transport, it has its own ‘energy’ and neighbourhood personality. I also used to live near Wembly and I left it to be really anonymous and generic, I just didnt connect with anything and the city resources were far fewer. Whitechapel, and specifcally where you are, which is bordering The City, is fantastic, and it has this great duality of being right in the middle of everything but also still being very ‘local’. I go out by myself all the time. Walk around alone nearly every day. I frequently get home by public transport at 3am carrying a laptop, bags and all kinds of valuable items. I’m 5’8”, blonde and a former model, so easily a target if anyone was there to hassle me. I’ve never once been met with anything other than kindness, or just completely ignored. I see kids selling drugs, and occasionally a car will get broken into at night, but that’s the majority of crime I’ve ever seen. Tower Hamlets is a great council, there are a lot of international families around, and there are a LOT of new build modern high-rises within the immediate blocks, which means more gentrification. The backstory is incredibly interesting if you are a history buff!
Local January 4, 2019
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Thank you, Blair. This is very encouraging! So there is usually a lot of people around in Leman street, as well as the Aldgate and Aldgate East stations? Since you probably know the area very well, you may recommend the best and nearest groceries store, places for food and similar? I will write to you if I have some more questions about the neighbourhood, if that is fine. :)
I’m sure what the street in Whitechapel is like but I’d definitely go Whitechapel over Wembley. Whitechapel is a vibrant area very near central but Wembley is way out and probably just as sketchy!
Local January 3, 2019
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Whitechapel is totally fine! I lived there for almost a year. Wembley is way less inner city and dodgy in my opinion, trust me you will prefer Whitechapel. It’s got loads going on lots of young people and right next to shoreditch :)
Traveller January 3, 2019
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Hi, I lived in this area for approx. 6 years, though not 'solubrious' by the Capital's standards, I found it perfectly safe. In fact, at the time I drove an expensive Italian sports car and only had 'o-street parking'......after 5 months of living there, I never even bothered to lock my car. Weekends can be hectic because of Jewish community, muslim community and markets on Sunday, but also a wealth of colour and vibrancy.
Local January 3, 2019
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it isTower Hamlets, not too bad. All shops are nearby, good connection into citycentre, walking distance - I used to live close. i liked it
Local January 3, 2019
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Thanks. I've read a lot of comments about not being safe to walk around alone at night, a lot of crime, gangs and so on... Does that make sense? I know I should be careful walking around at night anywhere, but when it comes to Whitechapel vs. Wembely, what seems like "safer" area? :) I don't plan to wander around during night too much, but I guess I will occasionally go to the city center for a dinner and come back late or stay at a Uni until evening hours or smth like that...
Take a friend with u one evening when term has started and walk different day/night time, that gives u a feeling. I´m not so young anymore and never felt bad. Worst case u take a taxi.
Whitechapel is fine and Leman St. is a major road so safe at night with easy walking to Aldgate East station. There are problem areas in London as with any large city, but they tend to be concentrated around estates/tower blocks in more impoverished areas. The location you are looking into is now pretty much a bland commercial area of shiny gentrified apartments.
you are right to mention that!!!!
Thanks, people .... How many different opinions .. :) I am primarily interested in safety in the area, regardless of the things to do around. Since I am coming to London for the first time, I believe will spend most of my free time visiting all tourist attractions in city center, at least in the first period.
Traveller January 3, 2019
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