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Alberts, 88 Whitechapel High Street, Borough of Tower Hamlets, London E1, 2014 • Men’s clothier with a nifty sideline in Jack the Ripper t-shirts. I thought this grand frontage once belonged to Blooms (note five letter slots above logo), a famous Kosher restaurant chain established in the 1920s and terminated in 2010 – there’s an obituary of founder Sidney Bloom here. However apparently Blooms was next door; it opened in 1952 and closed in 1996, Halal being the prevalent religious cuisine around Whitechapel now. According to, the ornate plaque above the door (see below) marks the site of a Jewish newspaper that opened briefly in the 1920s: “It closed after about 8 months but left this marvellous memento behind.”




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