Visit Spitalfields City Farm

If you’re visiting London and you want some time out away from city life, then the East End’s Spitalfields area has the ideal solution for you. In the middle of the urban East End, just ten minutes’ walk from Liverpool Street station, you can visit the rural tranquillity of the Spitalfields City Farm. This is … Read more

Visit Newham City Farm

Sadly Now Permanently Closed. See this website for the campaign to reopen this much loved East London farm. If you find yourself in the Beckton area of the East End, then make sure to make a visit to the Newham City Farm, especially if you have animal loving kids with you. This is one of … Read more

Visit The Whitechapel Art Gallery

You may not automatically associate London’s East End with art galleries, but the area is home to many famous and popular venues, including the Whitechapel Gallery. Founded in the early 20th century, this gallery has hosted many famous exhibitions over the years and has had a major part to play in the development of many … Read more

Visit Mudchute Park and Farm

Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs

The East End’s Isle of Dogs may not be the first place you think about visiting when you want to enjoy green spaces and fresh air, but the local Mudchute community on the island has created a lovely park with a large city farm that is well worth a visit. This really is a get-away-from-it-all … Read more

Visit London’s Last Lighthouse

Licence holder

If you find yourself in Leamouth in the East End’s Tower Hamlets area, you will be able to see the last remaining lighthouse still standing in London. Also known as Bow Creek lighthouse, the wharf buildings around the lighthouse are now used as an arts centre and creative work space, which is open to visitors. … Read more

The Vestry House Museum

If you are visiting Walthamstow, you can easily pass a few hours in its local museum, Vestry House. This charming building is Grade II listed and has been used for various purposes over the years, spending some years as a workhouse and a few as a police station. Located in the pretty streets of Walthamstow … Read more

The William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park in Walthamstow is home to a museum dedicated to the famous English designer and craftsman, William Morris. Morris was a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood design circle and was also one of the founders of the Arts and Craft movement. In addition to his design work, Morris also wrote poetry and prose romances … Read more

The History of Bow Church London

Bow Church

There has been a church at Bow in East London for over 700 years; even after various restoration works parts of its current buildings date back to the 1490s. Over the years, the church has played a part in some major historical events, from Catholic executions ordered by Mary I through to bomb damage in … Read more

London 2012 Olympics – The Legacy

London Olympics Stadium - East London

Despite its strong industrial and docklands history, the East End of London became one of the poorest and most deprived areas of the capital from the 1960s onwards. Its docklands industry moved into other areas and many of the commercial businesses that supported the area closed down or moved away. News that the 2012 Olympics … Read more

Bow Back Rivers London History

St Mary le Bow in London

Although we tend to assume that the East End of London is a primarily industrial and urban area, it actually started life as a rural area, mainly composed of agricultural land or marshland. It also has some interesting waterways running though it that date back for centuries, such as the Bow Back Rivers, also sometimes … Read more

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, or as it is more commonly known, Stratford Langthorne Abbey was one of the most impressive buildings in the area for many centuries, … Read more

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, although the hospital also has links to Jack the Ripper. One of its most famous medical students was Thomas Barnardo, who later … Read more

History of Millwall East London

Canary Wharf, Isle of Dogs

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, strong connections with water-based trades. The Origins of Millwall Millwall was originally called Pomfret Manor and then Marshwall. Pomfret Manor is … Read more

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. Before the Globe was built, Shakespeare was an … Read more

Spitalfields: A Vibrant and Historic Neighbourhood in East London

Experience the vibrant allure of Spitalfields, a beautiful neighbourhood in the heart of East London. Uncover its rich history and culture, steeped in heritage dating back to the 17th century. Immerse yourself in the lively ambience as you navigate many bustling markets, eclectic shops, and delectable restaurants. Delight in the architectural splendour of renowned landmarks … Read more

Facts About London Underground

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, they can also access the glories of the Docklands on the Docklands Light Railway. Fun Facts about East End Tube Lines and Stations. … Read more

History of East London’s Markets

Jewish Bagel East End London Food

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. Explore East End Street Markets Let’s look at some markets you really should be visiting if … Read more