‘The new Shoreditch’: Whitechapel flats with cluster of fashion and tech start-ups moving in

A new Whitechapel enclave, The Silk District, seeks to weave itself into the East End’s gritty urban fabric while celebrating the area’s craft-working roots.

Huguenot silk weavers arrived here in the 1700s and were followed in the 19th and 20th centuries by Jewish, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and African settlers who brought their textile traditions with them.

Sari shops and rag trade premises still flourish in this melting pot of nationalities and traditions.

With Whitechapel now becoming an extension of the Shoreditch design and tech cluster, fashion entrepreneurs and digital creatives are the latest newcomers, searching for cheaper workspaces and more affordable homes.

Wickhams, a splendid Edwardian department store, has been rescued from dereliction and converted into a hub for web and media start-ups, while the area’s new Crossrail station’s triggered a building boom.

Parts of Whitechapel remain run down, rough and poor — curiously, it has some of the best and worst housing in the country.

Near the famous site of the Siege of Sidney Street gun battle between police and Latvian revolutionaries in 1911, as well as the Cable Street anti-fascist protest in 1936, the 450-home Silk District comprises two towers rising to 25 storeys plus low-rise blocks and landscaped courtyards and gardens.

All flats have outside space and residents can make use of a on-site gym, communal roof terraces, wifi zones, 24-hour concierge, cinema screening room and café.

Prices start at £467,000. Call Mount Anvil on 020 3930 4287.

Prices from £467,000: flats at The Silk District come with outside space, an on-site gym and communal roof terraces

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