Living in East London

East London is continuing to regenerate, thanks to the 2012 Olympics, which created the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This has improved infrastructure and economy around Stratford and its links into central London.

East beats West on street art too. Although you have the Trellick Tower in Ladbrooke Grove, have a walk around Heneage Street near Brick Lane to see the Phlegm Mural.

East London has its fair share of places to eat and drink in the evening. One of the advantages of going out in the East End is that prices are slightly less expensive than the pricier City and West End districts. Canary Wharf has notable establishments to eat and drink, the swanky Corney & Barrow, Pizza Express and Wagamama.

Elsewhere, Spitalfields and Brick Lane, offer diners a diverse offering of quirky cafes, spicy curries, and the best of British. Whilst Bethnal Green isn't shy either and has a good choice of international cuisine alongside a number of more familiar chains.

London Bridge area boasts two key shopping areas - Hays Galleria and St Katharine Docks – which have a choice selection of fashion boutiques and general shops, though their main emphasis is on eating and drinking, which isn't such a bad thing and is certainly worth a visit.

Property in East London

  • East End Road, London N2
  • Alexander Wharf, London Dock, E1
  • London City Island, E14
  • Merchants Walk, Violet Road, Bow E3
  • Aldgate Place, Aldgate E1
  • London Dock, Wapping E1W
  • Parkview Apartments, Poplar E14
  • Brewery Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V
  • Rathbone Market, Newham E16
  • Lincoln Plaza, Docklands E14
  • Marine Wharf East, Surrey Quays E16
  • The Royal Wharf, North Woolwich E16
  • St Luke’s Square, Canning Town E16

Area History

The East End of London, also known simply as the East End, is an area of Central and East London, east of the Roman and medieval walled City of London and north of the River Thames. Initially composed of small villages and hamlets around a Roman road leading from London to Colchester.

Traditionally the home of the true Londoner, the Cockney, this is an area of close communities that now reflects the melting-pot of nationalities and cultures that make up our capital city.

With the construction of St Katharine Docks (1827) and the central London railway termini (1840–1875), this caused the clearance of former slums and rookeries, with many of the displaced people moving into the East End. Over the course of a century, the East End became synonymous with poverty, overcrowding, disease and criminality.

It was rich in royal hunting grounds, palaces and small port settlements at one point but, as London started to grow and become more industrialised, the East End became a hub of small manufacturers, the home of various trades and the docklands centre of the region. The early industries were a mix of the unpleasant, the smelly and the downright dangerous.

In basic terms, the area was used for products that needed a lot of space to manufacture. Its position outside of the city meant that fumes wouldn’t affect the richer people who lived in the centre and any issues with dangerous trades wouldn’t affect the city.