London area of Bethnal Green guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Bethnal Green neighbourhood

If you want to sample the true character of London's East End, Bethnal Green is a good place to start. Putting aside the murkier parts of its chequered history - Jack the Ripper prowling the streets, the worst civilian disaster of World War II at the Tube station and the notorious Kray twins living there - the area is a real slice of London life. Multicultural, lively, unpolished and the place to sample the Cockney meal of pie, mash and jellied eels, Bethnal Green is also home to the charming V & A Museum of Childhood and can call Brick Lane and the bloomin' marvellous Columbia Road Flower Market local. There are more hotels situated westwards towards the City and trendy Old Street but they're still within easy reach of this eclectic part of town.

See our recommended nearby Bethnal Green Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

Bethnal Green Hotels

in or near Bethnal Green
Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
London > Apartment > Apartment
Patriot Square, E2
The Town Hall building in Bethnal Green has been beautifully restored creating a unique designer hotel which fuses old and new. With a mix of bedrooms, ... More
 
 
 
The RE London Shoreditch Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
419 to 437 Hackney Road, E2
This hotel is modern, clean and very convenient if you want to explore the sights and bright lights of trendy Shoreditch. Although close to the City, ... More
 
 
 
Holiday Inn London Commercial Road
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
5 Cavell Street, E1
Perfectly located in the heart of the East End, this new generation Holiday Inn offers a quiet retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the ... More
 
 
 

Bethnal Green Entertainment

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Backyard Bar & Kitchen
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
231 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
The famous Backyard Comedy Club, one of East London's hottest comedy spots, was originally opened in 2000 by comedian Lee Hurst. In 2004 the comedian ran ... More
 
 
 
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10 Gales
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
Arch 10, Gales Gardens, Bethnal Green, London E2
One of Bethnal Green's best kept secrets, 10 Gales is a contemporary art space, live show venue, vintage fashion boutique, coffee shop and hairdressers all under ... More
 
 
 
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Genesis Cinema
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
93-95 Mile End Road, Whitechapel, Bethnal Green, London E1
Originally the Paragon Music Hall, built in 1885, Genesis Cinema is east London's oldest cinema. Located between Whitechapel and Stepney Green tube stations, the independent cinema ... More
 
 
 

Bethnal Green Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Bethnal Green
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V & A Museum of Childhood
London > Attractions > Museums
Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
The Museum of Childhood houses the UK's largest collection of toys including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets, games, and toys. Collections showcase all aspects of childhood, from ... More
 
 
 
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Idea Store Whitechapel
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
321 Whitechapel Road, Bethnal Green, London E1
More than a library, the Idea Store in Whitechapel brings together adult learning, training and meeting areas, as well as a focus on the local history ... More
 
 
 
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Spitalfields City Farm
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Buxton Street, Bethnal Green, London E1
There's loads to do at the 1.3 acre Spitalfields City Farm. Come and meet Bayleaf the donkey and Bentley the goat - just a few of ... More
 
 
 

Bethnal Green Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Bethnal Green
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King & Queen of Bethnal Green
London > Shopping > Clothing
41 Temple Street, Bethnal Green, London E2
When one reader, Barbara Buchanan, came across this gorgeous vintage and fashion boutique she wanted to pass on the shopping tip. "I have used your recommendations ... More
 
 
 
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The East End Thrift Store
London > Shopping > Clothing
Unit 1a Watermans Building, Assembly Passage, Bethnal Green, London E1
If you ever venture along Mile End Road towards Stepney Green, take a gander down Assembly Passage (opposite Blockbuster) and you'll come across this shining gem ... More
 
 
 
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Beyond Retro
London > Shopping > Clothing
112 Cheshire Street, Bethnal Green, London E2
Vast warehouse near Brick Lane packed with vintage clothing and accessories. American vintage clothing outlets don’t get much bigger or better than this. Having bagged a huge, ... More
 
 
 

Bethnal Green Restaurants

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The Camel
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
277 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
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Florist
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
255 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, Bethnal Green, London E2
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Gallery Cafe
London > Restaurants > Vegetarian restaurants
21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
Vegetarian cuisine. ... More
 
 
 

Bethnal Green Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Bethnal Green.
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The Old George
London > Nightlife > Pubs
379 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
Sitting at the heart of Bethnal Green Road, The Old George is a beautifully restored London boozer, originally built in the 1700s. With a large emphasis ... More
 
 
 
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The Camel
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
277 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
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Florist
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
255 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, Bethnal Green, London E2
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Bethnal Green Nightlife

Bethnal Green clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
The Pleasure Unit
London > Nightlife > Bars
359 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
The gentrification of Shoreditch has been seeping further east, meaning Bethnal Green has seen an upturn in its fortunes of late. In the same way ... More
 
 
 
The Star Of Bethnal Green
London > Nightlife > Bars
359 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
Following the classic template for artsy East End venues, The Star of Bethnal Green looks like a run-down old local on the outside, but has had ... More
 
 
 
Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
44-46 Pollard Row, Bethnal Green, London E2
This social club hasn't changed much in appearance since the 1970s heatherette and laminate coverings, Formica, garish red carpets and teak paneling still abound, but the ... More
 
 
 

Bethnal Green Leisure

Bethnal Green gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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York Hall Leisure Centre
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
York Hall Leisure Centre in Bethnal Green includes a gym, day spa, 33-metre swimming pool, Turkish bath and offers a wide range of exercise classes but ... More
 
 
 
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spa LONDON
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
York Hall Leisure Centre, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
Bethnal Green's former Turkish baths have been refurbished and turned into a spa complete with aroma steam rooms and a plunge pool. Spa LONDON is run ... More
 
 
 
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Victoria Park
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
Grove Road, Tower Hamlets, Bethnal Green, London E3
One of London's best kept secrets, Victoria Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon. The city's first public park, it was opened in the ... More
 
 
 

Bethnal Green Education

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Four Corners
London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ... More
 
 
 
Oaklands School House
London > Education > Old Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2
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Bethnal Green Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Bethnal Green.
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Bistrotheque
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-27 Wadeson Street, Bethnal Green, London E2
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The Oxford House
London > Business > Venue Hire
Oxford House, Derebyshire Street, Bethnal Green, Bethnal Green, London E2
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