Whitechapel is a district within East London, England, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is located 3.4 miles (5.5 km) east of Charing Cross and roughly bounded by the Bishopsgate thoroughfare on the west, Fashion Street on the north, Brady Street and Cavell Street on the east and The Highway on the south. It has been for a long time a poor and working-class neighborhood. It is probably best known for being the location of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders in late 1888.

It was subjected to bombings during World War II, and survived a period of urban renewal in the second half of the 20th Century.

Today, its residents are of varied ethnic origin, primarily Bangladeshi Bengali.

Whitechapel in "Gentlemen of the Shade"[]

In the 1880s, the Whitechapel area was one of pronounced poverty, with many of its female inhabitants turning to prostitution to survive.

The five vampires of the Sanguine Club often visited the area to dine. It was here in 1888 that Jack, a particularly sadistic and deranged vampire, found most of his victims.