East London

Location of the East London area in London

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



Many outer areas of East London were 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[dead link] — the borough includes:
    • Barking
    • Dagenham
  • Havering — the borough includes:
  • Newham — the borough includes:
    • Stratford – Was the location of the 2012 Olympic Games. (Don't confuse this Stratford with Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, the birthplace of Shakespeare.)
    • East Ham
    • West Ham
  • Redbridge — the borough includes:
    • Ilford
    • Woodford
  • Waltham Forest — the borough includes:
    • Walthamstow – This town was made famous by a teen pop band East 17 (the postcode of the area) who came from here and had a number of hits. Soak up the multicultural atmosphere.
    • Chingford
    • Leyton
    • Leytonstone – the birthplace of Alfred Hitchcock

Get in

Map of London/East

By plane

London City Airport

1 London City Airport (LCY  IATA). London'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. London City Airport (Q8982) on Wikidata London City Airport on Wikipedia

The airport is 11 km (6.8 mi) 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 as 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). Travelcard valid.
  • By taxi. Journey time approximately 30 min. £20-35.
  • By car. 10 km (6 mi).
  • By bus. Take the 474 bus to Canning Town station and then the 115 or N15 into central London. Travelcard valid.

By Tube

  • Central Line (Red) to Woodford or Hainault.
  • District Line (Green) to Upminster.
  • Elizabeth Line (Light Purple) to Harold Wood or Custom House.
  • Hammersmith and City Line (Pink) to Barking.
  • Jubilee Line (Silver) to Stratford.
  • Victoria Line (Light Blue) to Walthamstow.


  • DLR to Canning Town then branches to Beckton, or London City Airport and Woolwich.

By train


2 Stratford, Station Street, Stratford, E15 1AZ. Mainline station with National Rail, London Overground and Elizabeth Line services. Stratford is also the eastern terminus of the Jubilee line, as well as being on the Central line and DLR. In fare zones 2 & 3. Stratford International railway station (Q801480) on Wikidata Stratford station on Wikipedia

By London Overground


The London Overground (orange) is useful for getting across the district:

  • Suffragette line (sometimes referred to as the "Goblin") from Gospel Oak to Barking and Blackhorse Road.
  • Liberty line is a short line that runs from Romford to Upminster via Emerson Park. This is a separate line that is disconnected from the rest of the London Overground.


  • 1 Epping Forest (tube: Epping  CEN ), +44 20 8508 0028, . Dawn-dusk. Large expanse of green space stretching 12 miles (19 km) from Forest Gate into Essex. Despite the name it is not completely wooded: in medieval times "forest" meant a royal hunting ground. Free. Epping Forest (Q1347643) on Wikidata Epping Forest on Wikipedia
    • 2 Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, 6 Ranger's Road, Chingford, London E4 7QH (Within walking distance of Chingford  OGD  station (London Overground from Liverpool Street, Zone 5)), +44 20 7332 1911. Tu-Su 10AM–5PM, closed Mondays. Excellently preserved and unusual example of a Tudor-era timber-framed "hunting stand". Built for King Henry VIII, contrary to the popular name of the building. The building houses exhibitions on Tudor culture and the top floor still provides a fine view of Epping Forest. Free.
    • 3 Wanstead Park / The Temple (tube: Wanstead  CEN  or Redbridge  CEN ), +44 20 7332 1911. Remaining grounds of the 18th century mansion Wanstead House, with woods and ornamental lakes. The Temple (opening hours vary, check website) is the visitor centre covering the history of the park. Free. Wanstead Park (Q62228) on Wikidata Wanstead Park on Wikipedia


  • 4 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (tube/rail: Stratford  CEN  JUB  OGD  DLR  ELI National Rail, Stratford International  DLR National Rail). 24 hours. Site of the London 2012 Olympics and the ArcelorMittal Orbit with the world's longest slide. Free. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (Q525481) on Wikidata Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Wikipedia
  • 5 House Mill, Three Mill Lane E3 3DU (Tube: Bromley-by-Bow  DIS  H&C ). Tidal mill in the River Lea, built 1776.


Bremer car at Vestry House Museum
God's Own Junkyard
  • 6 Walthamstow Wetlands, 2 Forest Road, N17 9NH (tube: Blackhorse Road  VIC  OGD , Tottenham Hale  VIC ). Daily Oct-Mar 9:30AM-4PM, Apr-Sep 9:30AM-5PM. Nature reserve set around reservoirs, one of the largest urban wetlands in Europe and a nice place for birdwatching. Opened to the public in October 2017. There is a cycle and running route through the wetlands. Dogs aren't allowed, except for assistance dogs. Free. Walthamstow Wetlands (Q22004827) on Wikidata Walthamstow Wetlands on Wikipedia
  • 7 Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, E17 9NH (tube/rail: Walthamstow Central  VIC  OGD ), . W–Su 10AM–5PM. Presents the history of Waltham Forest. The building was constructed to be a workhouse and has since been used as a police station and a private home. Its collection includes the Bremer car, built by the engineer Frederick Bremer in 1892 and has a claim to being the first petrol-driven car made in Britain. Free. Vestry House Museum (Q7923505) on Wikidata Vestry House Museum on Wikipedia
  • 8 Walthamstow Village (tube: Walthamstow Central  VIC  OGD  / rail: Walthamstow Central/Wood Street). The ancient nucleus of present-day Walthamstow centred around the 12th-century St. Mary's Church. Walthamstow Village (Q2454452) on Wikidata Walthamstow Village on Wikipedia
  • 9 William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Rd, E17 4PP (tube/rail: Walthamstow Central  VIC  OGD ), +44 20 8496-4390, . W–Su 10AM-5PM. Dedicated 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* listed building. Free. William Morris Gallery (Q8015837) on Wikidata William Morris Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 10 God's Own Junkyard, Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ (rail: Wood Street  OGD , Tube: Walthamstow Central  VIC ), +44 20 8521 8066, . F Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-6PM. A museum of sorts in a converted warehouse displaying hundreds of illuminated signs (neon and bulb signs) including signs of businesses, decorative signs, movie props and artworks. Free.


  • 11 Redbridge Central Library & Museum, Clements Rd, IG1 1EA (rail: Ilford  ELI ). M–F 9:30AM–8PM, Sa 9AM–4PM. 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.
  • 12 Valentines Park (tube: Gants Hill  CEN ). A pleasant green area, Essex County Cricket team used to play on the pitch in the western side of the park. Valentines Park (Q7911047) on Wikidata Valentines Park on Wikipedia






  • 1 Theatre Royal Stratford East, Gerry Raffles Square, E15 1BN (tube: Stratford  CEN  JUB  DLR  OGD  ELI National Rail), +44 20 8534-0310. Watch a live performance: comedy, music and more. £12.50–22 depending on time and seating. Theatre Royal Stratford East (Q7777445) on Wikidata Theatre Royal Stratford East on Wikipedia
  • 2 West Ham United, London Stadium E20 2ST (tube: Statford / Stratford International  DLR National Rail), +44 20 8548 2748. "The Hammers" play soccer in the Premier League, England's top tier. Their home ground is London Stadium, capacity 60,000, in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Their women's team play in the Women's Super League, their top tier, with home games at Victoria Road (aka Chigwell Construction Stadium) in Dagenham. West Ham United F.C. (Q18747) on Wikidata West Ham United F.C. on Wikipedia

Royal Docks

  • 3 ExCeL London, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock (DLR and rail: Custom House  DLR  ELI ), +44 20 7069500, . Exhibition and conference centre. The venue hosts such public events as the London Boat Show, the British Motor Show, MCM London Comic Con, the London Triathlon, Eurogamer Expo (EGX) and many others. It was a venue for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for sports such as boxing, table tennis, and fencing. ExCeL London (Q826480) on Wikidata ExCeL London on Wikipedia
  • 4 London Royal Docks. Open water swimming in the docks operated by Love Open Water. Swimmers must have a valid NOWCA membership.


  • Leyton Orient F.C. (Tube: half a mile north of Leyton  CEN ). They were promoted in 2023 and now play soccer in League One, the third tier. Their home ground is Brisbane Road (capacity 9200) and is shared with Tottenham Hotspur women's team. Leyton Orient F.C. (Q19595) on Wikidata Leyton Orient F.C. on Wikipedia
  • Bicycle along the River Lea or Epping Forest.


  • Sapphire Ice & Leisure Centre (on Western Rd 200 yd (180 m) north of Romford  OGD  ELI National Rail). The home rink of London Raiders, who play Sept-March in the National Ice Hockey League, England's second tier.




  • 1 Westfield Stratford City (tube/rail: Stratford  CEN  JUB  OGD  DLR  ELI National Rail, Stratford International  DLR National Rail). M–F 10AM–9PM, Sa 9AM–9PM, Su noon-6PM. Vast shopping mall between the station and the Olympic Park. Also has many restaurants, a cinema, a baseball batting cage and a bowling alley. Westfield Stratford City (Q3567517) on Wikidata Westfield Stratford City on Wikipedia


  • 2 Walthamstow Market, High Street (tube: Walthamstow Central  VIC  OGD , St James Street  OGD ). Tu–F 8AM–5PM, Sa 8AM–5:30PM. The longest outdoor street market in Europe, stretching for roughly a kilometre. All manner of items may be purchased here.
  • 3 The Mall Walthamstow (Selborne Walk) (tube: Walthamstow Central  VIC  OGD ; just over the road). Walthamstow's shopping mall, with the usual selection of shopping mall type shops. Part of it remains closed since a major fire in July 2019.


  • 4 The Exchange Shopping Centre, High Road, Ilford, IG1 1RS (tube: Ilford  ELI ), +44 20 8553 3000, . It 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. Exchange Ilford (Q5419574) on Wikidata Exchange Ilford on Wikipedia



Goodmayes is a great area for really good cheap Indian/Pakistani food.

  • 1 The Pantry Café, 357 High St, E15 4QZ (ten seconds' walk from Stratford High Street  DLR , on the same side of the road). Traditional 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.


  • 2 Albina, 239 Barking Rd, Plaistow, E13 8EQ (directions: Canning Town  JUB  DLR ), +44 20 7474 0244. W Th 3-11PM, F Sa 3PM-1:30AM, M Tu closed. Tasty Ukrainian food in a rustic restaurant. Try the golubtsi (cabbage rolls) and the cutlets.



There are a number of cafés and restaurants down the high street.

  • 3 Kebabish, 411 Hoe St, Walthamstow, E17 9AP (tube: Walthamstow Central  OGD  VIC  or Leyton Midland Road  OGD ). Does a nice kebab and also tasty Indian food.
  • 4 Thainese, Hoe St (turn right from Walthamstow Central), +44 20 8509-9668. Noon-midnight. Halal Singaporean Chinese and Thai, black pepper crabs, chilli lobster, private rooms, prayer rooms. expensive.
  • 5 Supperclub.tube, South Access Road, E17 8AX (in Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum), . Th-Sa 7-9:30PM, arrive from 6:45PM. Enjoy a Latin American feast on board an old Tube carriage! Chef Beatriz (Bea) Maldonado, originally from Bogotá, takes you on a six-course culinary tour of her continent of birth, while you soak up the convivial and surprisingly romantic atmosphere of a Victoria Line 1967 stock. Although following a set menu, Bea can arrange substitute courses to suit dietary needs. Table (seats 2-13) £57 pp, booth (seats 2-3) £63 pp. Includes all food and service; drinks extra.
  • 6 Deeney's, 360 High Rd, E10 6QE, +44 20 3759 0582. M-F 8AM-4PM, Sa Su 9AM-4PM. Café serving coffee, brunch and their famous Scottish haggis toasties.






  • 3 Admiral Vernon, 141 Broad St, Dagenham RM10 9HP (tube: Dagenham Heathway  DIS ), +44 20 8592 0431. Daily 11AM-11PM. Great trad pub with live music at weekends.


  • 1 Ibis Hotel Stratford, 1A Romford Rd, Stratford E15 4LJ (tube: Stratford), +44 20 8536-3700. 104-room hotel with the usual identikit, Ibis set-up. From about £50.
  • 2 ibis Styles London Excel, 272-283 Victoria Dock Rd (tube: Custom House  DLR  ELI ), +44 20 7474-0011. £120.
  • 3 Newham Hotel, 349-353 Romford Rd, Forest Gate, E7 8AA (rail: Forest Gate / tube: Wanstead Park  OGD ), +44 20 8534-8400, . Budget hotel in the Forest Gate area of Newham From £44.
  • 4 Viking Hotel, 162 Romford Rd, Stratford, E15 4LD (tube: Stratford), +44 20 8534-7861, fax: +44 20 8503-0863, .
  • 5 Devonshire Hotel, 94 Station Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM12 6LX (tube: Hornchurch  DIS ), +44 1708 440088, . Opened 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.
  • 6 Travelodge London Stratford, High Street, Stratford, E15 2JG (five-minute walk from Stratford stations (walk to the High Street, turn right). Even nearer to Stratford High Street DLR (come out, turn left)), +44 871 984 6502, . Usual 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").
  • 7 Sunborn London (Sunborn Yacht Hotel), Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AA (tube: Royal Victoria  DLR ), +44 20 3714 8111, . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. Luxurious 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. from £131.
  • 8 Ridgeway Hotel, 115-117 The Ridgeway,North Chingford, London E4 6QU (rail: Chingford  OGD ), +44 20 8529 1964, .



Go next

Routes through East
The CityEast End  W  E  Epping, EssexEND
The CityEast End  W  E  END
The CityEast End  W  E  → Shenfield branch → Shenfield, Essex
The CityEast End  W  E  END
WestminsterGreenwich  W  E  END
BloomsburyNorth London  S  N  END
The CityEast End ← Beckton branch ←  W  E  → Beckton branch → END
Southwark-LewishamEast End ← Stratford branch ←  S  N  → Stratford branch → END
The CityEast End ← Woolwich branch ←  W  E  → Woolwich branch → GreenwichEND
CamdenHackney ← North London Line ←  W  E  → North London Line → END

Routes through East
CambridgeOld Harlow  N  S  END
Central LondonStratford  W  E  BrentwoodChelmsford
The CityTower Hamlets  W  E  → Tilbury → Southend-on-Sea

This district travel guide to East is a usable article. It has information for getting in as well as some complete entries for restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.