East London

East London is a vast area covering a number of boroughs including Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets, Redbridge, Havering, Waltham Forest, Shoreditch and others.

Travelling around the area is easy because it has a large number of mainline and underground stations. The District, Central, Hammersmith & City and Victoria lines all cover the area, and Liverpool Street is the main rail station.

There is currently a lot of redevelopment work in progress, following on from the large-scale redevelopment work carried out for the Olympics. There is a high demand for properties in the area, which is a fascinating and historic area of the city that boasts many attractions.

Property in East London

Most properties in East London are post-war properties because many of the older properties were destroyed in the Second World War, and many that survived were demolished in the slum clearances following the war.

As a result, there is a lot of loft-style living available, which provides amazing river views and is popular with professionals working in Canary Wharf and the City.

Shoreditch has become a trendy area that boasts many premium properties, especially in areas like Wilkes Street, Shoreditch High Street and Wheeler Street. Whereas Whitechapel has more down-to-earth properties, like the low-rise block on Malcolm Road and the high-rise block on Hindmarsh Close.

There are many new developments as well, like Aurelia and Hallsville Quarter in Canning Town, and Oxygen in The Royal Victoria Docks. As a result, there is something for everyone in East London.

East London Schools

There are many excellent primary and secondary schools across East London. Here are some of the secondary schools that you will find in the region:

  • Stratford – ARK Globe Academy, Beal High School, Beatrice Tate School, Cavendish School
  • Walthamstow – Belmont Park School, Holy Family Catholic School, Highams Park School, Kelmscott School
  • Newham – Cumberland School, Forest Gate Community School, Kingsford Community School, Rokeby School
  • Tower Hamlets – Bow School, St Paul's Way Trust, Wapping High school

There are also many primary schools across East London, including:

  • Barking & Dagenham – Becontree Primary School, Dorothy Barley Infants' School, Eastbury Primary School, Five Elms Primary School
  • Newham – Avenue Primary School, Britannia Village Primary School, Carpenters Primary School, Drew Primary School
  • Walthamstow – Barn Croft Primary, Ferry Lane Primary, Gwyn Jones Primary
  • Stratford – Carpenters Primary School, Gainsborough Primary School, Ranelagh Primary School
  • Tower Hamlets – Blue Gate Fields, Christ Church CofE, William Davis, St Mary and St Michael RC

East London Regeneration Information

One of the largest regeneration projects in London took place in East London in the run-up to the Olympic Games in 2012. £9 billion was invested in the area, and much of this investment has continued to improve the area long after the Games ended.

The East End is set to see significant population growth over coming years, and many new homes are planned for the area. The sports facilities used for the Olympics are now popular with residents, and Olympic Park has become a popular tourist attraction in its own right.

Improvements include five neighbourhoods that have been created in and near to the Olympic Park, adding 8,000 new homes, the Lee Valley Velopark, the 2,800 flats in the Olympic Village, half of which are affordable housing, a huge data storage facility in the Olympics Media Centre, and more.

History of East London

East London has a long and fascinating history. Centuries ago, it was no more than countryside on the outskirts of the city, with a Roman road passing through. Many centuries later, as London grew, East London's growth became directly linked to trade.

During the 17th century, the London Docks grew considerably. Many trades were established in East London, and these were called ‘dirty’ trades consisting of factories, breweries and slaughter houses. They were located in the east of the city because the westerly winds carried the smells away from the wealthier West End.

Immigrants also play a large role in the history of East London. They arrived on boats in various waves over the decades and helped the area to become a true melting pot of cultures.

The London Docks fell into decline, but it has since been renewed by the London Docklands Development Corporation, which led to Canary Wharf and the surrounding area becoming some of the most desirable real estate in the city.

The Olympics in 2012 led to the creation of Olympic Park and a large redevelopment project in East London. Improvement works continue to be made, which will keep transforming the city further over the coming years.

Transport Information

East London covers a huge area, but it is all well linked with trains, underground and buses. Here are some of the main stations in the area:

  • Barking and Dagenham – Barking Station is the main station, and there are numerous Underground stops on the District Line, which goes through the area.
  • Bexley – There are various mainline stations here including Barnehurst Station, Bexleyheath, Welling, Crawford, Bexley, Albany Park and Sidcup.
  • Greenwich – Lots of transport links on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), as well as Underground stations including North Greenwich Station on the Jubilee Line.
  • Hackney – Has numerous mainline stations including Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, Rectory Road and London Fields. The main Underground station is Manor House on the Piccadilly Line.
  • Havering – The District Line runs through Havering and has stations at Elm Park, Hornchurch and Upminster, which is also a mainline station. Other mainline stations include Romford, Gidea Park, Emerson Park.
  • Newham – Both the District Line and the Hammersmith & City Line run through Newham. The DLR also runs from North to South.
  • Redbridge – The Central Line runs through Redbridge, and there are also various mainline stations including Ilford, Seven Kings and Goodmayes.

Things To Do in East London

East London has many attractions, making it a popular area for tourists, but it also has many things for residents to do. Some of the top attractions include:

  • Geffrye Museum – boasting beautiful gardens and stunning period rooms.
  • Whitechapel Art Gallery – this has long been a popular art centre in the area.
  • Sutton House – a National Trust property with an interesting history.
  • Museum of London Docklands – a fascinating museum where you will find out about this history of the Docklands over the centuries.
  • The Tower of London – one of the biggest attractions in London.
  • Spitalfields City Farm – experience the countryside right in the middle of London.
  • Columbia Road Flower Market – one of the best markets in the capital with a relaxed vibe and street musicians.
  • V&A Museum of Childhood – see old toys and fascinating displays for a nostalgic day out.
  • The Olympic Park – take part in some sporting activities or just walk around and enjoy the surroundings.

Find Out More about East London

To find out more about what this area has to offer, plus the wide range of East London property, feel free to contact our East London estate agents office on 020 7231 1066.

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