London area of East End guide

What to do and where to stay in London's East End neighbourhood

It is said that to be a true bona fide Cockney, you need to be born within earshot of the Bow Bells, This would make quite a good gage - apart from the claimant's penchant for pies, mash and jellied eels - if the said Bells were actually in Bow, but they're at St Mary-le-Bow in Cheapside, which gives the East End rather different boundaries. Still, plunging yourself into the region east of the City of London up to the River Lea and north of The Thames will give you a pretty broad experience of what the real East End is like. It hasn't got the "top 10" attractions of Central London, the choice in hotels of the West End or the pretty affluence of West London but some prefer its character and edginess. The history of the East End is one of spirit and resilience through poverty, decline in industry and the Blitz and some of these stories can be discovered at the Ragged School Museum and the Museum in Docklands. But new life has blossomed too and it's easy to find; explore the art galleries around Hoxton including White Cube, Rivington Place and Victoria Miro, spice up your taste buds on London's "Curry Mile" of Brick Lane and wander through the glorious spectacle of Columbia Road Flower Market on a Sunday morning.

See our recommended nearby East End Hotels, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Education, and Meeting Venues.

East End Hotels

in or near East End
Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel
469-475 The Highway, E1W
Being just a bit out of the city centre this modern, hotel is popular with the budget traveller. It's close to Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge ... More
 
 
 
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel
265 Rotherhithe Street, SE16
The only hotel in London with its own pier, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside offers views across London's iconic River Thames. Taking inspiration from ... More
 
 
 
Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
46 Westferry Circus, E14
The Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel contains spacious, luxurious rooms and suites with every comfort available, including a giant marble bath, two-line speaker phones and stunning walnut ... More
 
 
 

East End Entertainment

in or near East End
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Half Moon Young People's Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
43 White Horse Road, East End, London E1
An excellent youth theatre housed in an old Victorian townhouse, the Half Moon has been entertaining young Londoners since the mid-1970s. Occupying the former Limehouse Board ... More
 
 
 
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Troxy
London > Entertainment > Live Music
490 Commercial Road, East End, London E1
This splendid 1930s art deco Grade II listed East End dance hall has a capacity of over 2,600 and prides itself as "London's most versatile venue". ... More
 
 
 
Jamboree
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
566 Cable Street, East End, London E1W
Jamboree is an independent live music venue in Limehouse, within the heart of London's East End, offering an eclectic programme of music including jazz, world/mediterranean, folk ... More
 
 
 

East End Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near East End
Photo-Space
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
530 Commercial Road, East End, London E1
photo-space is a pop-up gallery in a temporarily vacant shop which is waiting to be let commercially.... More
 
 
 

East End Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's East End
James Hetley and Co
London > Shopping > Specialists
Glasshouse Fields, East End, London E1W
Glass and Windows... More
 
 
 
T&W Ide
London > Shopping > Specialists
Glasshouse Fields, East End, London E1W
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East End Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near East End London?
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La Figa Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
The Mosaic, 45 Narrow Street, East End, London E14
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The Narrow
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
44 Narrow Street, East End, London E14
Having been such a huge influence on British gastropub fare, it was only a matter of time before Gordon Ramsay opened one himself. As is so ... More
 
 
 
 
 
 

East End Pubs

The best pubs in or near London East End.
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The Narrow
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
44 Narrow Street, East End, London E14
Having been such a huge influence on British gastropub fare, it was only a matter of time before Gordon Ramsay opened one himself. As is so ... More
 
 
 
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Prospect of Whitby
London > Nightlife > Pubs
57 Wapping Wall, East End, London E1W
Once known as the 'Devil's Tavern' thanks to its delinquent clientele, the Prospect of Whitby is one of the oldest pubs in London - and the ... More
 
 
 
The Grapes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
76 Narrow Street, East End, London E14
This diminutive traditional pub built in 1720 appears almost squeezed out by the Dockland redevelopments. Thankfully it's now a listed building so its sure to remain ... More
 
 
 

East End Nightlife

East End clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
BJ's White Swan
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
556 Commercial Road, East End, London E14
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East End Education

in or near East End
Tower Hamlets Lifelong Learning
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Shadwell Centre, 455 The Highway, East End, London E1W
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East End Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near East End.
Express By Holiday Inn- Limehouse
London > Business > Venue Hire
469-475 The Highway, East End, London E1W
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