In recent years East London has become an increasingly fashionable place to live and work. This area extends from trendy Walthamstow in the north to the smart Docklands area in the south, with local neighbourhoods which range from edgy and creative to chic and luxurious.
Vast swathes of land here have been revitalised and regenerated since the 1980s. East London property, therefore varies between sleek modern apartments in high-rise buildings and refurbished Victorian terraces or warehouse conversions. If you love living near open, green spaces, you'll be able to choose from a number of recreation areas and parks, including Springfield Park Hackney and Walthamstow Marshes, Queen Elizabeth Park in Stratford and the 32-acre Mudchute Park and Farm in Docklands.
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Attractions in East London include the Olympic park at Stratford, the famous 02 concert venue, Docklands' marinas and sailing clubs, museums, art galleries and arthouse cinemas, plus several iconic markets (including Brick Lane, where you can browse in boho shops and enjoy a huge selection of tasty authentic curries). You'll also find a plentiful supply of traditional pubs, exclusive restaurants, cool retro bars and cafes.
The diversity of this area is reflected in its educational offer. Schools in East London range from small faith schools to large, modern academies. The University of East London also has a strong presence here, with three campuses based in Stratford and Docklands.
Using the overground network, you can travel from Hackney Central to Oxford Street in just 20 minutes. Many tube lines also serve the neighbourhoods in East London, particularly the Central and Hammersmith & City Lines. The DLR - a light railway network established to transport workers from the Docklands area to the City - is also a popular mode of travel. With Crossrail set to arrive in 2018, East London transport links will be further improved, offering better connections to north-west London and Heathrow.
This area is a fascinating melting pot of cultures and architectural styles which continues to benefit from major regeneration projects. This is unquestionably one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations in the capital, particularly if you’re considering an East London property investment.