High Street 2012 is the 6km route connecting the City of London to the Olympic Park via Whitechapel Road, Mile End Road and Bow Road. 

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Whitechapel Gallery
Grade II listed
Date: 1898-99 (Gallery) & 1892 (Library)

Architect: Charles Townsend FRIBA (Gallery) & Potts, Son and Hemmings (Library)

The Whitechapel Gallery exhibited Picasso's iconic Guernica on its only visit to Britain in 1939

The Royal London Hospital
Grade II listed
Date: Begun 1751

Architect: Bouton Mainwaring

The Royal London Hospital is home to Europe's largest A&E Department and one of Britain's biggest children's hospital services.

Whitechapel Market

Date: Early 19th Century

Architect: N/A

The history of Whitechapel Market goes back nearly 200 years.

East London Mosque & Cultural Centre
Date: 1982-85 (Mosque) & 
2002 (Cultural Centre)

Architect: John Gill Associates 
(Mosque) & Markland Klaschka 
(Cultural Centre)

The East London Mosque and Cultural Centre have one of the youngest congregations in the UK.

Idea Store Whitechapel

Date: 2005

Architect: Adjaye Associates

The Idea Store was the winner of the RIBA Inclusive Design Awards 2006.

Trinity Green Almshouses and Chapel
Grade I listed
Date: 1695

Architect: John Evelyn

The model boats at the entrance to the Trinity Green Almshouses are fiberglass replicas, the originals are housed in the Museum of London.

Queens Building, Queen Mary University
Grade II listed
Date: 1890

Architect: ER Robson

The Original People's Palace burnt down in 1931 and was reopened by King George VI as one of the first engagements he undertook as King.

The former Wickhams Department Store

Date: 1927

Architect: TJ Evans

Wickham's Department Store was built around the Spiegelhalter brothers' jewellery shop, as they refused to sell their building to the developers of the department store.

Ocean Estate

Date: 1950s

Architect: Not known

Ocean Estate was built after WWII to house bombed out East London residents.

Genesis CInema

Date: 1939

Architect: WR Glen FRIAS

The site of the Genesis Cinema has been that of an entertainment venue for 150 years, previously being the Paragon Theatre, where Charlie Chaplin attended a premiere. 

St Clements Hospital

Grade II listed
Date: 1849

Architect: Richard Tress

Local communities are campaigning for this site to become the UK's first Community Land Trust

Bow Road Police Station and Stables
Grade II listed
Date: 1903 (Station) & 1937-8 (Stables)
Architect: John Dixon Butler (Station) & Gilbert Mackenzie Trench (Stables)
In 1913, Sylvia Pankhurst was kept in one of the cells of Bow Road Police Station.

Bow House

Grade II listed
Date: 1937-38
Architect: Culpin and Sons

There are five stone panels on the side of Bow House depicting workers employed to build the Town Hall, including a welder, laborer, mason, carpenter and architect.

Church of St Mary Stratford at Bow
Grade II listed
Date: 14th Century
Architect: Not known

This building contains features from the 14th, 15th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

Bow Bells Pub

Date: 1860s
Architect: Not known

This pub is said to be haunted by a ghost who flushes the women's toilets.

The Whitechapel Bell Foundry
Grade II listed
Date: 18th Century

Architect: Not known

The Bell Foundry is the oldest manufacturing company in England. Big Ben and the Liberty Bell were both cast here.

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The People’s Archive is a Building Exploratory project to create a resource for the people who live, work and play around Bow Road. We are gathering the reminiscences, stories and opinions of local people in order to create an archive of this remarkable part of east London. Bow Road forms part of ‘High Street 2012’, the 6km route from the City of London to the Olympic Park.

You can follow the process of the project on the People’s Archive Blog.


This organisation has been awarded a Transformers grant, 
funded by The National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by the East London Business Alliance.                                                                                                                                                                                    

 photographs:© John Spencer