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Learn more about famous and infamous London East End locations.

Stratford Langthorne Abbey History

We may not associate London’s East End with the posher side of the city, but at one point in history, it really was the place to be. The Abbey of St Mary’s,

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Stratford and East End History

Best known as the location for the 2012 London Olympics, Stratford is still proving a popular place for tourists to visit, even though the games are now over. The Olympic Park and new shopping centre may well be worth a visit in their own rights,

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History of the Royal London Hospital

The Royal London is one of the best known hospitals in London, home to the London Air Ambulance Service. Historically, it is perhaps most associated with Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man,

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History of Petticoat Lane Market

Located in the East End’s Spitalfields area, Petticoat Lane is one of the oldest and most famous markets in London. Over the years, the market has been best known for selling fashion and clothes,

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Film and TV Facts – East London

The East End of London has featured as a location or setting for many films and TV shows over the years. Sometimes, these are filmed in odd locations recreated to look like the East End or on studio lots.

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Christ Church at Spitalfields History

The East End has not always had the best reputation, especially with people running the City of London who tended to think of its residents as being a bit beneath them.

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The Geffrye Museum Shoreditch

Located in the East End’s Shoreditch, the Geffrye Museum combines charming displays on urban living through the ages with an insight into historic almshouse life in the area. This may not be one of London’s best known museums,

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Historic East End Pubs – The Ten Bells

Located on Commercial Street in the East End’s Spitalfields area, the Ten Bells pub may not look all that extraordinary from the outside. Its grand Victorian days are still visible in its imposing façade,

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History of Millwall East London

Millwall is located on the west side of the Isle of Dogs in London’s East End. The area has a famous, or even infamous, football club and like many areas of the East End,

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Limehouse a Brief History of London

Limehouse got its name from the lime kilns in the area. These were used by potteries that crafted products for shipping companies and ships in the East End docks. Some also believe that the name referred to the sailors who disembarked from their ships in this area.

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The Blind Beggar Pub, East London History

The Blind Beggar is one of the most famous pubs in the East End of London, if not in London itself, although some of its history is more infamous than famous.

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History of The Prospect of Whitby in Wapping

Located in Wapping, the Prospect of Whitby is one of London’s oldest pubs, and it is thought by some to be the oldest riverside pub on the Thames.

There has been a pub on this site since the time of Henry VIII and the first pub was probably built in 1520.

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Shakespeare and Shoreditch Theatre

Although we tend to think that Shakespeare spent most of his time in The Globe theatre on the banks of the Thames, he actually spent a fair amount of time honing his writing skills and performing his plays in the heart of the East End of London.

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Historic Shoreditch in East London

Historians believe that Shoreditch got its name from water that ran across the area’s marshland. It was originally known as Soersditch, or Sewer’s Ditch. A more romantic, though untrue, meaning connects Shoreditch with royalty.

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Bethnal Green, East London History

The first recorded names for Bethnal Green were Blithehale and Blythenhale. These could be translated as “happy corner”, although nobody is exactly sure where the name came from. Over time, the area became known as Blethenal Green and then Bethan Hall Green.

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Whitechapel History, East London

The East End’s Whitechapel may be most associated with Jack the Ripper, but there is more to this part of London than tales of his infamous crimes. Like many areas of the East End,

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East London, a History of Bow

Legend has it that you can only be a true Cockney if you were born within the sound of Bow bells. You won’t, however, make a child a Cockney by camping close to Bow Church,

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Visit Wapping in Historic East London

Although badly damaged by bombing raids in the Blitz and affected by the closure of its docks industry, the East End’s Wapping area still has some little historical gems that are worth a visit.

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London Docklands, Canary Wharf History

London’s Docklands area has always played an important role in the wealth of the city and in the fortunes of the East End. Once the hub of imports and exports and manufacturing,

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Historic Spitalfields in London’s East End

Spitalfields is one of the more curious areas of the East End of London. Close to Liverpool Street, it is the home to many financial industry workers by day, but it retains many of its traditional East End roots.

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The Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green

If you’re looking for an East End museum that will really engage the kids, or fancy taking a trip down memory lane to your own childhood, then a visit to the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is a must.

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The History of Beckton Gas Works

The gasworks at Beckton in the borough of Newham played a major role in East End industry for over 100 years. Its story also illustrates just how this once thriving industrial area has declined and changed its focus.

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Facts About London Underground

Eastenders who want to get into London or out into Essex have various tube lines to choose from. As well as using London Underground’s Central, District, Jubilee and Hammersmith and City lines,

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East London Markets

London’s East End is one of the city’s richest areas for markets. You can visit anything from traditional street markets selling fruit and veg and bargain basement products through to eclectic alternative markets that sell something different every week.

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Eastenders TV Show Facts

One of the UK’s favourite TV soaps, Eastenders, is set in a fictional square in the East End of London. The program was first broadcast in 1985 and has remained one of the top three prime-time soaps ever since.

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The Museum of London. Visitors Guide

Located in the Barbican, the Museum of London is, as its name suggests, a site dedicated to London.

The Museum of London

Like many other major museums in the capital,

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Brick Lane History, East London

London’s Brick Lane has a fascinating history and is one of the most popular places to visit in the East End today, especially on a Sunday when the street’s gets the area buzzing.

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Recent Comments

  • Wendy Linge on The History of Beckton Gas WorksMy grandparents lived in 74 Winsor Terrace. They lived there from 1915 when they got married. My father was born there in 1916. My father went to Winsor school, then
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonJoe , sorry to hear about mum hope she’s gets well soon , the Bell pub is good for me , see you soon , Charlie.
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonMy apologies Charlie i found my mother collapsed at home (Bernard's sister) so nursing her back to health. Give me a while and we can arrange something maybe at The
  • Ingrid on History of Poplar East LondonUnfortunately I don't have any info regarding comments. Interesting site. My great aunt's family ran a baker shop from Upper North Street, Poplar. The 1901 the census shows that they
  • chris savory on The East End in the 1950shi jean i was born in st andrews hosp - devons rd in 1950. i did exactly what yoy described what memories eh? COYI.
  • chris savory on V1 and V2 Rocket Attacks in East Londonhi there does anyone have knowledge of a v1 /v2 that hit knapp rd bromley-by-bow?
  • chris savory on East London Foodhi there does anyone remember the p& m shop in bow rd?
  • chris savory on East London, a History of Bowfor john hills. there were pre-fabs in campbell road, just south of bow rd.
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonJoe , where do you live now and we can arrange to meet in a pub near you , looking forward to meeting you. Charlie.
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonCharlie - yes that sounds like a good idea. Let me know how to conatct you privately. Joe
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonJoe , George died about five years ago with cancer the same as Doreen, he did marry again but perhaps if we could meet up I will fill you in
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonCharlie - thanks for replying so quickly. Well that is sad he was younger than my mother as well. Any idea when and from what he died? Only Jeanette and
  • Charles Sage on History of Canning Town East LondonHi joe , Small world , you are right and sadly George died a few years ago , George and Doreen along with there three sons Steve, Paul and Chris
  • Andy Wollington on Brick Lane History, East LondonJust seen these posts and brings back memories. My parents ran the Crown and Shuttle, in Shoreditch High Street, in the early 1960's. Remember Brick Lane very well. Used to
  • Joe Clarke on History of Canning Town East LondonSorry Charles not sure if my last post worked. I believe your late sister Doreen is my Auntie. She was married to Bernard French my mother's brother. We know him

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