London area of Limehouse guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Limehouse neighbourhood

The name 'Limehouse' is often wrongly thought to be derived from the nickname for British sailors, or 'limeys'. In fact, the name relates to the local lime kilns that served shipping in the London Docks back in the 14th century. A former marshland, the area of Limehouse became a significant port in late medieval times and soon the shipbuilding, rope-making and merchant industries thrived. In 1820 the Limehouse Basin opened as the Regent's Canal Dock, connecting the Thames and the canal system. Limehouse was the site of the first London case of cholera in 1832, while both Charles Dickens and Thomas Burke describe the area's notorious opium dens. The term 'Limehousing' means to make an incendiary political speech, and followed an attack on the House of Lords made by Chancellor David Lloyd George in 1909. Contemporary residents include the actor Sir Ian McKellen and the journalist Matthew Parris, while celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey owns the popular gastropub, The Narrow.

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

Limehouse Hotels

in or near Limehouse
Holiday Inn London - Whitechapel
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
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
Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
335-337 Old Street, EC1V
Prison cells are VIP booths in the bar at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, a 128 room hotel in the Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, opposite ... More

Limehouse Entertainment

in or near Limehouse
London > Entertainment > Live Music
490 Commercial Road, Limehouse, 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
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
566 Cable Street, Limehouse, 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
The George Tavern
London > Entertainment > 373 Commercial Road, Stepney, Limehouse, London E1
Trying to recreate the feel of an authentic East End boozer, The George Tavern is a trendy, family run pub in the heart of East London. ... More

Limehouse Sights and Attractions

The best museums, galleries, attractions in or near Limehouse
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
530 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London E1
photo-space is a pop-up gallery in a temporarily vacant shop which is waiting to be let commercially.... More
St Anne's, Limehouse
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Commercial Road, Limehouse, London E14
St Anne's, Limehouse is one of several East End churches created by Nicholas Hawksmoor, who was Sir Christopher Wren's most talented pupil. The church's exterior has ... More
Stepney City Farm
London > Attractions > Attractions for Kids
Stepney Way, Limehouse, London E1
A farm has been here since 1979 when local residents, schools, churches and community groups were consulted and a small patch of land was secured for ... More

Limehouse Shopping

The best shops and markets in or near London's Limehouse
James Hetley and Co
London > Shopping > Specialists
Glasshouse Fields, Limehouse, London E1W
Glass and Windows... More
T&W Ide
London > Shopping > Specialists
Glasshouse Fields, Limehouse, London E1W
Glass and Windows... More
Docklands Tattoo & Body
London > Shopping > Specialists
47 West India Dock Road, Limehouse, London E14
Specialising in Ladies tattoos.... More

Limehouse Restaurants

What are the best dining options in or near Limehouse London?
La Figa Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Italian restaurants
The Mosaic, 45 Narrow Street, Limehouse, London E14
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The Narrow
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
44 Narrow Street, Limehouse, 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
Indiana Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
129 Salmon Lane, Limehouse, London E14
Indian/South Asian Cuisine... More

Limehouse Pubs

The best pubs in or near London Limehouse.
The Narrow
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
44 Narrow Street, Limehouse, 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
The Grapes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
76 Narrow Street, Limehouse, 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
5B Urban Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
27 Three Colt Street, Limehouse, London E14
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Limehouse Nightlife

Limehouse clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
BJ's White Swan
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
556 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London E14
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Jamies - Canary Riverside
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
28 Westferry Circus, Limehouse, London E14
Wine Bar ... More

Limehouse Leisure

Limehouse gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Mile End Stadium
London > Leisure > Spectator Sport
Rhodeswell Road, Limehouse, London E14
A multi-sports stadium located in Mile End Park in east London, the Mile End Stadium has covered seating for 440 people as well as a full ... More
Mile End Stadium
London > Leisure > Sports Facilities
Rhodeswell Road, Poplar, Limehouse, London E14
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Stepney Snooker Club
London > Leisure > Games
137 Whitehorse Road, Limehouse, London E1
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Limehouse Education

in or near Limehouse
Tower Hamlets Lifelong Learning
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Shadwell Centre, 455 The Highway, Limehouse, London E1W
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European-Atlantic Diplomatic Academy
London > Education > Adult Education
ACCD Headquarters London, P. O Box 50561, Docklands, Limehouse, London E16
Established to enhance academic and practical studies of global trade, commercial diplomacy, international affairs as well as the knowledge and practice of anti-corruption policy, anti-human trafficking, ... More

Limehouse Meeting Venues

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course in or near Limehouse.
The Cruising Association (CA)
London > Business > Venue Hire
CA House, 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, Limehouse, London E14
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Express By Holiday Inn- Limehouse
London > Business > Venue Hire
469-475 The Highway, Limehouse, London E1W
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Four Seasons Hotel Canary Wharf
London > Business > Venue Hire
46 Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, Limehouse, London E14
The ultra-modern towers of the Four Seasons Canary Wharf contain spacious, luxurious rooms and suites with every comfort available, including a giant marble bath, two-line speaker ... More
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