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East London

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Location of the East London area in London

East London is the outer eastern part of London, north of the River Thames.

Understand[edit]

Many outer areas of East London were once part of the county of Essex. Essex is sometimes used as part of the postal address for these areas.

East London consists of the following boroughs:

  • Barking
  • Dagenham
  • Newham — the borough includes:
  • Stratford - Location of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Note: this is not Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, the birthplace of Shakespeare.)
  • East Ham
  • West Ham
  • Ilford
  • Woodford
  • Walthamstow - This town was made famous by a teen pop band called E-17 (the postcode of the area) who came from here and had a number of hits. Soak up the multicultural atmosphere.
  • Chingford
  • Leyton
  • Leytonstone the birth place of Alfred Hitchcock

Get in[edit]

Map of London/East

By plane[edit]

London City Airport

1 London City Airport (LCY IATA). London's fifth largest airport. A commuter airport close to the City's financial district, and specialising in short-haul business flights to other major European cities. There are also routes to holiday destinations that include Malaga, Ibiza and Mallorca. London City Airport on Wikipedia London City Airport (Q8982) on Wikidata

The airport is located 11 km (6.8 mi) east of the City of London and a short distance east from Canary Wharf. It mainly offers flights to major European cities by full service carriers. British Airways operates two services a day to New York JFK on weekdays and a daily service on weekends using an Airbus A318 in an entirely business class configuration.

You may find that this may be your cheapest London airport to fly to, especially if you add £10 or more in transfer costs from outlying airports. It has a convenient link to the Docklands Light Rail (DLR). Minimum check-in time for most airlines is around 30 minutes, with some offering 15 minute check-in deadlines. Queues for security can be long at peak business times. Touchdown to the DLR (including taxi, disembarkation, immigration and baggage reclaim) can be as fast at 5 minutes, although 15 minutes is normal.

To get to the city centre the following options exist:

  • By Docklands Light Railway (DLR). The DLR runs to Bank station. Change to the Jubilee line at Canning Town (for Canary Wharf or Stratford). Travelcard valid.
  • By taxi. Journey time approximately 30 min. £20-35.
  • By car. 10 km (6 mi).
  • By bus. Take the 474 bus to Canning Town station and then the 115 or N15 into central London. Travelcard valid.

By Tube[edit]

  • Victoria Line (Light Blue) to Walthamstow.
  • Central Line (Red) to Woodford or Hainault.
  • Hammersmith and City Line (Pink) to Barking.
  • District Line (Green) to Upminster.
  • Jubilee Line (Silver) to Stratford.

By DLR[edit]

  • DLR to Canning Town then branches to Beckton, or London City Airport and Woolwich.

By train[edit]

  • From Liverpool Street to Chingford and Ilford.
  • From Fenchurch Street to Southend or Grays.
  • From Stansted Airport, Ipswich, Colchester and Norwich to Liverpool Street.

By Overground[edit]

  • The Overground line (Orange) is useful for getting across the district from Barking to Blackhorse Road.

See[edit]

Walthamstow[edit]

  • 1 Epping Forest (tube: Central Line), +44 20 8508-0028, e-mail: . Dawn-dusk. 19 km (12 mi) long in East London and Essex. Free. Epping Forest on Wikipedia
  • 2 Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, E17 9NH (tube/rail: Walthamstow Central), +44 20 8496-4391, e-mail: . W–Su 10AM–5PM. Presents the history of Waltham Forest. The building was constructed to be a work house and has since been used as a police station and a private home. Its collection includes the Bremer car, built by engineer Frederick Bremer in 1892 it has a claim to being this first petrol-driven car made in Britain. Free. Vestry House Museum on Wikipedia
  • 3 Walthamstow Village (tube: Walthamstow Central / rail: Walthamstow Central/Wood Street). The ancient nucleus of present day Walthamstow centred around the 12th century St. Mary's Church. Walthamstow Village on Wikipedia
  • 4 William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd, E17 4PP (tube/rail: Walthamstow Central), +44 20 8496-4390, e-mail: . W–Su 10AM–5PM. Dedicated to William Morris, the Victorian arts & crafts designer and writer. Located in his old Georgian family home, Water House, which is now a Grade II* listed building. Free. William Morris Gallery on Wikipedia

Ilford[edit]

  • 5 Redbridge Central Library & Museum, Clements Rd, IG1 1EA (rail: Ilford). M–F 9:30AM–8PM; Sa 9AM–4PM. Interesting structure from an architectural point of view. Unfortunately it is also the locale of choice for the native rude-boys to hang out, alas this is not due to the educational value of the institution.
  • 6 Valentines Park (tube: Gants Hill). A pleasant green area, Essex County Cricket team used to play on the pitch in the western side of the park. Valentines Park on Wikipedia

Barking[edit]

Do[edit]

Stratford[edit]

Walthamstow[edit]

  • Bicycle along the River Lea or Epping Forest.

Buy[edit]

Walthamstow[edit]

  • Selbourne Walk (tube: Walthamstow Central; just over the road). Walthamstow's shopping mall, with the usual selection of shopping mall type shops.
  • Walthamstow High Street market. early-approximately 5:30PM. All manner of items may be purchased here, an example of the amazing bargains to be found is a carrier bag full of bananas for £1.

Ilford[edit]

  • The Exchange Shopping Centre. Was one of the largest American-style malls when it was constructed in the early 1990s. Although now it has an extensive array of shops now it can only really be considered a bog standard shopping centre. The town centre itself has most high street chain shops.

Eat[edit]

Goodmayes is a great area for really good cheap Indian/Pakistani food.

  • The Pantry Cafè (Ten seconds' walk from Stratford High Street DLR, on the same side of the road). Traditional British cafè. Different menu options are placed on the wall to make ordering easier "I want a 4, I'd like a 9" but the friendly owner will of course accept any variation you want! I stayed in a chain hotel in Stratford, and was treated very well, but this cafè beats the chain hotel breakfasts for price and quality. Stay away if you want haute cuisine. Go for it if you want a "greasy spoon" at reasonable prices.

Walthamstow[edit]

There are a number of cafés and restaurants down the high street.

  • Kebabish, Hoe St. Does a nice kebab and also tasty Indian food.
  • Thainese, Hoe St (turn right from Walthamstow Central), +44 20 8509-9668. 12-midnight. Halal Singaporean Chinese and Thai, black pepper crabs, chilli lobster, private rooms, prayer rooms expensive.

Drink[edit]

Walthamstow[edit]

Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Ibis Hotel Stratford, 1A Romford Rd, Stratford E15 4LJ (tube: Stratford), +44 20 8536-3700. 104-room hotel with the usual identikit, Ibis set-up. From about £50.
  • 2 Newham Hotel, 349-353 Romford Rd, Forest Gate, E7 8AA (rail: Forest Gate / tube: Wanstead Park), +44 20 8534-8400, e-mail: . Budget hotel in the Forest Gate area of Newham From £44.
  • 3 Viking Hotel, 162 Romford Rd, Stratford, E15 4LD (tube: Stratford), +44 20 8534-7861, fax: +44 20 8503-0863, e-mail: .
  • 4 Devonshire Hotel, 94 Station Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6LX (tube: Hornchurch), +44 1708 440088, e-mail: . Opened in 2011, it is a family-run boutique hotel with free wi-fi and secure parking. Some rooms have been adapted to allow for easier access. Breakfast & homemade snacks available.
  • Travelodge London Stratford, High Street, Stratford, E15 2JG (Five-minute walk from Stratford stations (walk to the High Street, turn right). Even nearer to Stratford High Street DLR (come out, turn left).), +44 871 984 6502, e-mail: . Usual Travelodge set-up. New hotel, spotless rooms with private facilities. 24-hour bar. Friendly staff prepared to go the extra mile. Price - depends, can be as low as £30 for a double room if you pay well in advance and pay up front ("Saver Rate").
  • 5 Sunborn London (Sunborn Yacht Hotel), Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AA, +44 203 714 8111, e-mail: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Luxurious 4-star yacht hotel. London's only and one of a kind yacht hotel situated at the Royal Victoria Dock in London. This floating hotel boast of their surrounding views of Canary Wharf, ExCeL and O2 Arena and the hospitality. It also has a sea themed tea room named Under The Sea Afternoon Tea. from £131.
  • 6 Ridgeway Hotel, 115-117 The Ridgeway,North Chingford, London E4 6QU (rail:Chingford), +44(20) 85291964, e-mail: .

Connect[edit]

Go next[edit]

Routes through East
The CityEast End  W Central line flag box.svg E  Epping, EssexEND
The CityEast End  W District line flag box.svg E  END
The CityEast End  W Hammersmith & City line flag box.svg E  END
WestminsterGreenwich  W Jubilee line flag box.svg E  END
BloomsburyNorth London  S Victoria line flag box.svg N  END
The CityEast End ← Beckton branch ←  W Docklands Light Railway banner.svg E  → Beckton branch → END
Southwark-LewishamEast End ← Stratford branch ←  S Docklands Light Railway banner.svg N  → Stratford branch → END
The CityEast End ← Woolwich branch ←  W Docklands Light Railway banner.svg E  → Woolwich branch → GreenwichEND
CamdenHackney ← North London Line ←  W London Overground flag box.jpg E  → North London Line → END
HampsteadNorth London ← Gospel Oak to Barking Line ←  W London Overground flag box.jpg E  → Gospel Oak to Barking Line → END


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