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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 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 MuseumVestry Road, E17 9NH (tube/rail: Walthamstow Central),  +44 20 8496-4391, e-mail: . W–Su 10:00–17:00. 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 GalleryLloyd Park, Forest Rd, E17 4PP (tube/rail: Walthamstow Central),  +44 20 8496-4390, e-mail: . W–Su 10:00–17:00. 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 & MuseumClements Rd, IG1 1EA (rail: Ilford). M–F 09:30–20:00; Sa 09:00–16:00. 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.

  • KebabishHoe St. Does a nice kebab and also tasty Indian food.
  • ThaineseHoe 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 Stratford1A 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 Hotel349-353 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 Hotel162 Romford Rd, Stratford, E15 4LD (tube: Stratford),  +44 20 8534-7861fax: +44 20 8503-0863, e-mail: .
  • 4 Devonshire Hotel94 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 StratfordHigh 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").

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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