Become Acquainted With The ‘New’ Eastern End Of The Capital
Think East London is all about the Krays and ‘Eastenders’? Think again. This guide will give you the real low-down on life in this trendsetting collection of boroughs.
London’s most Eastern postcodes have undergone an incredible transformation in the past couple of decades. Far from being the poverty-deprived forgotten segment of the capital that it was once considered, East London is now a thriving and trendy place to be. Whether you’re looking to live here or spend some time here, East London has much to offer in terms of housing, nightlife, business opportunities and even shopping.
East London refers to the area that lies East of the City’s walls, stretching all the way out to Essex and bordered in the South by the River Thames and the Docklands area. Here we give you a rundown on what life in East London is really like.
If you’re looking for nightlife, restaurants and entertainment, then East London has it all. Shoreditch is the gritty, urban hub of all things hip. Fashion reigns here, and you’ll likely see some creative outfits and hair styles being sported in the uber-trendy bars dotted around the neighbourhood. The Docklands area is also a hive of activity in the evenings as workers from Canary Wharf pile out into the chain bars or picturesque riverside pubs that line the northern edge of the River.
One of the largest changes on the East London landscape in recent years, is the building of Westfield Stratford which opened in 2011. The centre is the third largest in the UK and encompasses almost 2 million square feet of retail space. It is easily reached by tube, trains and DLR services that come into the Stratford or Stratford International stations.
As you might expect, there are areas of East London which are more affordable to live in than others, due to the diverse make-up of the capital and its amenities. Generally speaking, the closer to Central London you get, the more expensive and varied the properties are. For instance, warehouse conversions are popular in the Docklands and Bethnal Green areas, while some even choose to live in moored houseboats. However, families who prefer additional space and want to live in an area with more of a village-feel, tend to head further out towards Essex at a fraction of the price of staying centrally. For instance, homes for rent in Collier Row in Essex cost an average of £1,300 per month for a small terraced property. In comparison, the same amount of money would only pay for a small 1 bed or studio apartment in the Bow or Whitechapel areas.
There’s a great deal of investment potential in areas which are due to be located on the Crossrail line, to be known as the Elizabeth line, which will open in full in December 2019. This service will slash commuter times from stations such as Brentwood, Harold Wood, Gidea Park, Romford, Chadwell Heath, Goodmayes, Seven Kings, Ilford, Manor Park, Forest Gate, Maryland and Stratford into Central London and out to the west of the capital. Accommodation in these areas has already seen a dramatic increase, but it is expected that commuter demand will push the prices up even further.
If the most you’ve seen of East London is from watching the London 2012 Olympics, then it’s time to get out here and become acquainted with what life is really like in this interesting collection of boroughs. Whether you’re a high-flying City professional looking for an urban pad, or a chic Bohemian type looking to mingle with fellow creatives, then East London has something to offer you. Come and take a look for yourself!