East London consists of the following boroughs:
- Barking and Dagenham — the borough includes:
- Stratford - Location of the London 2012 Olympic Games. (Don't confuse this Stratford with Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, the birthplace of Shakespeare.)
- East Ham
- Walthamstow - This town was made famous by a teen pop band E-17 (the postcode of the area) who came from here and had a number of hits. Soak up the multicultural atmosphere.
- Leytonstone the birth place of Alfred Hitchcock
London City AirportLondon'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.
The airport is 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 one flight a day to New York JFK 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).
By car10 km (6 mi).
By busTake the 474 bus to Canning Town station and then the 115 or N15 into central London.
- 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.
- DLR to Canning Town then branches to Beckton, or London City Airport and Woolwich.
- From Liverpool Street to Chingford and Ilford.
- From Fenchurch Street to Southend or Grays.
- From Stansted Airport, Ipswich, Colchester and Norwich to Liverpool Street.
- The Overground line (Orange) is useful for getting across the district from Barking to Blackhorse Road.
phone: +44 20 8496-4391address: Vestry Road, E17 9NHPresents 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.
Walthamstow VillageThe ancient nucleus of present-day Walthamstow centred around the 12th-century St. Mary's Church.
phone: +44 20 8496-4390address: Lloyd Park, Forest Rd, E17 4PPDedicated 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
address: Clements Rd, IG1 1EAInteresting 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.
Valentines ParkA pleasant green area, Essex County Cricket team used to play on the pitch in the western side of the park.
phone: +44 20 8227-5216address: Eastbury Square, Barking, IG11 9SN
phone: +44 20 8534-0310address: Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BNWatch a live performance: comedy, music and more.
- You can also watch football at West Ham United, who play in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. Their home ground is London Stadium, capacity 60,000, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Their women's team plays in the Women's Super League, with home games at Rush Green in Romford.
- Bicycle along the River Lea or Epping Forest.
Selbourne WalkWalthamstow's shopping mall, with the usual selection of shopping mall type shops. It has been mostly closed since a major fire in July 2019.
Walthamstow High Street marketAll manner of items may be purchased here.
The Exchange Shopping CentreIt 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 has most high street chain shops.
The Pantry CaféTraditional British café. 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. This café beats the chain hotel breakfasts for price and quality. Stay away if you want haute cuisine.
WalthamstowThere are a number of cafés and restaurants down the high street.
Kebabishaddress: Hoe StDoes a nice kebab and also tasty Indian food.
address: Hoe StHalal Singaporean Chinese and Thai, black pepper crabs, chilli lobster, private rooms, prayer rooms
phone: +44 20 8808-4980address: Ferry Lane, N17 9NGA quaint country-style pub in a lovely river side setting.
phone: +44 20 8520-4751address: 264 Hoe St, E17 3AXUpdated Victorian gin palace. Popular with commuters.
phone: +44 20 8536-3700address: 1A Romford Rd, Stratford E15 4LJ104-room hotel with the usual identikit, Ibis set-up.
phone: +44 20 8534-8400address: 349-353 Romford Rd, Forest Gate, E7 8AABudget hotel in the Forest Gate area of Newham
phone: +44 20 8534-7861address: 162 Romford Rd, Stratford, E15 4LD
address: 94 Station Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6LXOpened 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.
phone: +44 871 984 6502address: High Street, Stratford, E15 2JGUsual 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").
phone: +44 203 714 8111address: Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AALuxurious 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.
phone: +44 20 8529 1964address: 115-117 The Ridgeway,North Chingford, London E4 6QU