Building code: CC

The Wash Houses

Originally the Whitechapel Public Baths, this Victorian building is now an events space and home to the University's Special Collections including the Frederick Parker Collection.

25 Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT

This East End landmark has undergone significant transformations since its original use as Whitechapel's public baths in the 1850s. The floor's stone outline still shows the original location of its sunken bath.

It now houses the internationally recognised Frederick Parker Collection – a unique and outstanding educational resource spanning over 300 years of British furniture making.

The historic building is also home to some of the University's other Special Collections, including the TUC Library Collections and our Archive of the Irish in Britain.

Additionally, this contemporary event space with unique traditional features is also available as a venue to hire.

Located minutes from Aldgate and Algdate East tube stations, the Wash Houses on Old Castle Street are served by the Circle, Metropolitan, District, and Hammersmith & City lines. Mainline train stations Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street are a short walk away.

Entrance to The Wash Houses is through the Calcutta House building located on Old Castle St.

Moving to one campus

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time. 

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Contact Details

+44 (0)20 7423 0000

+44 (0)20 7320 3547

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