Continuing with our guide to neighborhoods for those of you who are moving here and wondering where to rent apartments, today I’ll move East of the city-center that was the focus of yesterday‘s post. Let’s revisit those fun London postcodes, shall we?
London’s East-side neighborhoods include:
E1 – Mile End, Shadwell, Shoreditch, Stepney, Wapping, Whitechapel
E2 – Bethnal Green, Haggerston, Shoreditch
E3 – Bow, Bromley, Bromley-by-Bow, Mile End, Old Ford
E4 – Chingford, Friday Hill, Hale End, Highams Park, South Chingford
E5 – Clapton, Hackney Marshes, Lea Bridge
E6 – Beckton, East Ham
E7 – Forest Gate, Upton Park
E8 – Dalston, Hackney
E9 – Hackney, Homerton, Victoria Park
E10 – Leyton
E11 – Leytonstone, Wanstead
E12 – Aldersbrook, Little Ilford, Manor Park
E13 – Custom House, Plaistow
E14 – Cubitt Town, Docklands, Isle of Dogs, Millwall, Poplar
E15 – Clapton Park, Stratford, West Ham
E16 – Canning Town, North Woolwich, Docklands
E17 – Higham Hill, Walthamstow
E18 – South Woodford, Woodford
I won’t go code by code, but generally East London offers a contrast to other parts that people are more familiar with or generally associate with the city—in interesting ways, though, which can make this an underrated area.
Historically, the East side has been largely infused with immigrants given inexpensive land and proximity to the docks. Industry and poverty was prevalent, but today it’s an area of urban renewal that has drawn artists and designers. The Docklands is primarily a financial district, which can make the area less appealing to some for residential purposes, yet it and Canary Wharf in E14 do draw those seeking new construction and more value for their pound. E15 is the home of the London 2012 Olympic stadium and village, and E16 contains the ExCeL Exhibition Centre and City Airport, to give an idea of the extent of commercial development around here.
There are still pockets of low income and a rough-around-edges feel (sadly, many historical buildings were lost to the Blitz), but the bonuses for living here are affordable rent prices and great diversity in cuisine, shopping, and just people in general. There’s an arty, bohemian spirit in some areas here that is a pleasant diversion from the mainstream, especially when so many expats flock to the West side; of those that don’t, Shoreditch and Hackney vicinities seem common choices—in Hackney specifically, Broadway and Columbia Road are recommended.
Perhaps least recommended neighborhoods for accommodation in this area are Hackney Central, Bethnal Green, and Brick Lane—the latter is, however a well-known street in E1 that all the Jack the Ripper tours get close to (indeed, it’s the neighborhood where his victims lived), and what their paying customers ought to do immediately after the tour is come back for dinner—delicious ethnic options galore! And as our East End correspondent who writes the “East Siiide!” guest posts will enthusiastically endorse, the near-East London postcodes have an abundance of quirky and fun vintage shops and markets like Spitalfields to explore. Whitechapel Art Gallery is another popular draw. If tired of the bustle, moving outward to, say E4 or E6 will bring you to more open, natural space on London’s outskirts—although there are city farms in E1 and E2; how fun is that?
Just a general overview in case you’re considering accommodation in the East or perhaps haven’t before and might now be more interested in exploring it further—either on your own or with the aid of London Relocation Ltd. :).