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


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 and Dagenham [15] — the borough includes:
  • Barking
  • Dagenham
  • Havering [16] — the borough includes:
  • Newham [17] — 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
  • Redbridge [18] — the borough includes:
  • Ilford
  • Woodford
  • Waltham Forest [19] — the borough includes:
  • 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

Get in[edit]

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 or Ilford, Romford and Upminster.
  • From Fenchurch Street to Barking then Upminster or Rainham.
  • From Stansted Airport, Ipswich, Colchester and Norwich to Stratford.

By Overground[edit]

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

See[edit][add listing]

  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, (5 min walk from Stratford Station), [1]. The Olympic Park for London 2012 Olympics.  edit


  • Eping Forest, (tube: Central Line), +44 20 8508 0028 (), [2]. Dawn-dusk. 19 km (12 mi) long in East London and Essex. Free.  edit
  • The William Morris Gallery, [5].  edit


  • The Central Library, Winston Way. Interesting structure from an architectural point of view. Unfortunately, caution is necessary in the area, as it is also the locale of choice for the native rude boys to hang out, alas not from the educational value of the institution.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]



Bicycle along the River Lea or Epping Forest.</do>


Valentines Park is a pleasant green area, Essex County Cricket team used to play on the pitch in the western side of the park.

Buy[edit][add listing]


  • Selbourne Walk, (tube: Walthamstow Central; just over the road). Walthamstow's shopping mall, with the usual selection of shopping mall type shops.  edit
  • 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.  edit


  • The Exchange Shopping Centre. One of the largest American style malls when it was constructed in the early 1990s, it now has an extensive array of shops that is a bog-standard shopping centre. The town centre itself has most high street chain shops.  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]


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

  • Kebabish, Hoe St. Does a nice kebab and also tasty Indian food.  edit

  • Thainese, Hoe St (turn right from Walthamstow Central), 020 8509 9668, [6]. 12-midnight. Halal Singaporean Chinese and Thai, black pepper crabs, chilli lobster, private rooms, prayer rooms expensive.  edit


  • Bombetta, Station Approach (Next to Snaresbrook Underground Station). Highly regarded new Puglian restaurant.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]



  • The Ferry Boat Inn, (tube: Blackhorse Rd). A quaint country style pub in a lovely river side setting.  edit
  • The Goose, (tube: Walthamstow Central, opposite).  edit


Walthamstow does not have much of a clubbing scene, though there is:

  • The Standard Music Venue, (tube: Blackhorse Rd, opposite). Has rock bands playing most nights of the week, and has a nightclub on Friday nights.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Best Western London Ilford Hotel, 3-5 Argyle Road, Ilford, IG1 3BD (tube: Stratford), +44 208 911 6083. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 11am. B&B hotel with 66 rooms very close to Central London (just 15 minutes to Liverpool Street by train) From about £39.  edit
  • Best Western Greater London Ilford Hotel, 60 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, IG1 4NH (tube: Stratford), +44 208 514 0444. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 11am. B&B hotel with 22 rooms very close to Central London (just 15 minutes to Liverpool Street by train) From about £39.  edit
  • Lucky 8 Hotel London Ilford, 25 York Road, Ilford, IG1 3BD (tube: Stratford), +44 208 518 5118. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 11am. B&B hotel with 38 rooms very close to Central London (just 15 minutes to Liverpool Street by train) From about £35.  edit
  • Britannia Inn Hotel Ilford, 54 Mansfield Road, Ilford, IG1 3AD (tube: Stratford), +44 208 514 5050, [7]. checkin: 1pm; checkout: 11am. B&B hotel with 36 rooms very close to Central London (just 15 minutes to Liverpool Street by train) From about £39.  edit
  • Ibis Hotel Stratford, 1A Romford Rd, Stratford E15 4LJ (tube: Stratford), +44 20 8536 3700, [8]. 104 room hotel with the usual identikit, Ibis set-up. From about £50.  edit
  • Newham Hotel, 349-353 Romford Rd, Forest Gate, E7 8AA (tube: Forest Gate), +44 20 8534 8400 (), [9]. Budget hotel in the Forest Gate area of Newham From £44.  edit
  • Viking Hotel, 162 Romford Rd, Stratford (tube: Stratford).  edit
  • Devonshire Hotel[20] • 94 Station Lane, Hornchurch, North-East London, Essex RM12 6LX (tube: Hornchurch), +44 1708 440088 (). 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.
  • Ibis Budget London East Barking, Highbridge Road, Essex, N1 1ED, +44 20 8534 8400, [10]. Ibis budget London Barking is a low-cost hotel located 10 minute walk from the Barking underground station, with easy access to Barking town centre.  edit
  • Ibis London Barking, Highbridge road, Essex, IG11 7BA, +44 20 8477 4100, [11]. The Ibis London Barking hotel is a modern London hotel with 86 rooms.  edit
  • Ibis Budget London City Airport, North Woolwich Road, Silverstown, E16 2EE, +44 20 7474 9106, [12]. Ibis budget Hotel London City Airport is a low-cost hotel situated within walking distance of London City Airport terminal.  edit
  • Ibis Budget London Whitechapel, 100 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JG, Tel. +44 20 7655 4620, [13]. The Ibis budget London Whitechapel offers easy access to A11 local transport links from/to Central London and Whitechapel/Aldgate underground stations.  edit
  • Millenium Apartments, 28-30 Rivington street, LONDON, EC2A 3DZ, Tel. +(44) 020 7739 0093, [14]. Millenium Apartments offers the best selection of budget hotels in Rivington ST and Short Term Stay in Rivington street London UK.  edit


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