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Coordinates: 51°31′27″N 0°01′28″E / 51.5243°N 0.0245°E / 51.5243; 0.0245

Plaistow is located in Greater London

 Plaistow shown within Greater London
OS grid reference TQ405825
London borough Newham
Ceremonial county Greater London
Region London
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LONDON
Postcode district E13
Dialling code 020
Police Metropolitan
Fire London
Ambulance London
EU Parliament London
UK Parliament West Ham
London Assembly City and East
List of places: UK • England • London

Plaistow (pronounced /ˈplɑyːstoʊ/ PLAY-stoh) is a place in the London Borough of Newham in East London. It formed part of the County Borough of West Ham in Essex until 1965.

Plaistow is a mainly residential area, including several council estates; the main road is the A112, and is alternately named Plaistow Road, High Street, Broadway, Greengate Street and Prince Regent Lane. It contains relatively few shops and amenities, but does boast the historic Black Lion public house, said to have links to the infamous 18th century highwayman Dick Turpin. The Black Lion was also a regular haunt of legendary West Ham United players such as Bobby Moore in the 1960s and '70s. Essex Lodge Doctor's Surgery on Greengate Street is believed to stand on the site of one of King Henry VIII's hunting lodges.

Plaistow is currently undergoing extensive urban re-generation. Older council estates are slowly being replaced with new council accommodation. Plaistow's parent borough, Newham, is one of the most deprived in the UK, and with an ethnically diverse population; it is hoped the staging of the Olympic Games at nearby Stratford in 2012 will bring additional prosperity to the area.

Places of interest in the area include Plaistow Park, the East London Cemetery and Newham General Hospital.

Other amenities in the area include Newham Leisure Centre and Balaam Street Leisure Centre (pronounced "Baylam"). Singers David Essex, Ronnie Lane, Sandra Kerr and Jade Ewen were born in Plaistow. Joe Brown was born in Lancashire but lived in Plaistow from the age of 2. Record producer Norman Newell was born here.



For details of education in Plaistow see the List of schools in the London Borough of Newham

Transport and locale

Plaistow is mainly a residential area. Apart from a number of convenience stores, post offices, etc, the area is mainly occupied by houses and apartments blocks (a number of them were built just recently). Local residents usually visit its neighbouring areas (such as Stratford, West Ham and Green Street, all within walkable distance) for large shopping centres and restaurants.

In terms of travel connections, both local and international, Plaistow is well positioned. A 10-30 minute bus ride from almost anywhere in Plaistow allows travellers to easily reach London City Airport and, from there, many places in Western Europe. Stratford International - station for the Eurostar, is also a 10 minute bus ride away. Plaistow tube station is part of the District Line and Hammersmith and City Line network of the London Underground. The journey time to the City of London is approximately 15–20 minutes from Plaistow Station.

A walking path called The Greenway runs on top of Joseph Bazelgette's Northern Outfall Sewer from Hackney Wick to its end point in Beckton, and connects several locations in Plaistow to areas including Beckton, East Ham, Upton Park (for East Ham Jewish Cemetery), West Ham, Stratford, Bow (via Temple Mills) and Hackney.


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