Tower House, Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel

Joseph Stalin lodged here in 1907 when he came to London to attend the 5th Congress of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. Tower House was one of six hostels built to provide cheap and clean accomodation for people who flocked to London looking for work.
Stalin paid sixpence a night for his fortnight's stay at Tower House -- described by the author Jack London as a "monster doss house" in People of the Abyss. Tower House is still standing in Fieldgate Street, Whitechapel. The RSDLP Congress met across the road in Whitechapel Road.