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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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


Many outer areas of East London was 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 [1] — the borough includes:
  • Barking
  • Dagenham
  • Havering [2] — the borough includes:
  • Romford
  • Upminster
  • Newham [3] — 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 [4] — the borough includes:
  • Ilford
  • Woodford
  • Waltham Forest [5] — 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



Romford is served by Romford train station located in the centre of town. It has frequent services to London Liverpool Street and serves many destinations in Essex and East Anglia.


Jubliee Line (including from Westminster and Canary Wharf), Central Line (including from London Liverpool Street) or Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Stratford [6]. Alternatively, by rail from London Liverpool Street, Stansted Airport, Ipswich, Colchester or Norwich [7] or London Overground from Gospel Oak

  • Walthamstow Central and Blackhorse Road tube (Victoria Line) and Walthamstow Central, Blackhorse Road, St James's Street, Wood Street and Queen's Road railway stations.
  • Many bus routes, as Walthamstow is a major hub for buses, centred on Walthamstow Central.


Ilford is served by national rail services from London Liverpool St. Stratford is around 8 min away; Liverpool St 15 min. Gants Hill tube station is about a 20-30 min walk from Ilford town centre although it is also served by local bus routes. Bus 25 from Oxford Circus terminates at Ilford bus station.

  • The William Morris Gallery, [11].  edit
  • The Central Library, Winston Way. 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.  edit


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.

  • 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. 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.  edit



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




  • 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
  • Ibis Hotel Stratford, 1A Romford Rd, Stratford E15 4LJ (tube: Stratford), +44 208 5363700, [12]. 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 (), [13]. Budget hotel in the Forest Gate area of Newham From £44.  edit
  • Viking Hotel, 162 Romford Rd, Stratford (tube: Stratford).  edit
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