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Once home to the “Beckton Alps”, this distinct area of London is best described as a residential haven and a shopper’s paradise. Being set close to the Royal Docks, as with much of East London, Beckton was built  up in line with industry that developed as a result of the Thames. As containerisation occurred and the ships became too large to go fully down the Thames, industry moved away and swathes of land and buildings became derelict/disused. The above mentioned Beckton Alps was formed on the remnants of the vast Beckton Gas Works that closed down around this time. In the 1980s, building...
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As with most of Docklands, regeneration is the key word here. In the area and its surroundings, new apartment blocks can be seen cropping up everywhere. This is mainly spurned on by the amazing transport links that Canning Town has such as the DLR and Jubilee line which give direct access to central London or Stratford in either direction in a matter of minutes. The regeneration and the building isn’t just willy nilly in  Canning Town, there is a plan which will see £1.7 billion invested in the area to build a completely new infrastructure with housing and businesses that go along with it by...
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This area of Newham takes its name from the Custom House that used to be part of the Royal Victoria Docks. This building was used to house government officials who processed the paperwork for imports and exports from the ships that docked. It was also here that duties were collected on the cargo. Today it is mainly housing that dominates the area, but there are a few sites of interest nearby including Newham’s very own City Farm for if you fancy talking to the animals, the London Regatta Centre for water sports and a spot of light refreshment on a hot day and King George V park for strolls in...
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Contrary to the name, the most notable contribution to society from this area comes from West Ham United Football Club. Located on East Ham’s western border, it is here that Bobby Moore played and captained whilst being part of the team that won England the world cup in 1966. A monument to this achievement can be seen on the junction of Barking Road and Central Park Road in a sculpture by Phillip Jackson of the victorious footballers. Of course its not all football here. East Ham has numerous parks including Flanders Field (where Bobby Moore played football as a child!), Central Park, Plashet...
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Taking its name from a gate that used to exist between Epping Forest and Woodgrange Road to stop cattle getting on the main road, Forest Gate is vastly different from its namesake, but does still hold onto a lot of it’s history. The main construction of housing began in Forest Gate around 1850, when a large estate owned by Samuel Gurney, a Quaker philanthropist, was divided up and sold for housing development. Due to its leafy green surroundings, its proximity to Epping Forest and closeness to London via train, the majority of houses built were for the middle classes. These houses still...
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If you like golf, here is the place to be. Within a short distance, you have Wanstead Golf Club and Ilford Golf Club to play a few holes and then kick back and relax at the 19th hole! Manor Park is quite a small enclave within Newham, the main housing in this area is Victorian terraces, and it is served by several railway stations, Manor Park and Woodgrange Park, which offer access to the rest of London. Wanstead Flats are also close to hand and for shopping; Romford Road is the place to go offering numerous amounts of independent shops including restaurants, fashion, jewellery and just about...
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This small little slip of land feels like an Island within London. If you visit via road over the A117, you have the Royal Docks to one side and the Thames to the other which gives off that isolated feel. The one other main point of access (excluding King George V DLR station) is the A112 which takes you past some of the last remnants of industry in the area. Taking an overview, North Woolwich is far from isolated in reality. Close to hand is London City Airport for access to Europe, the above mentioned DLR and one of the few crossings of the Thames in this area, the Woolwich Ferry . Being...
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One of the most famous places of historical interest has to be the Black Lion Public House. This place was said to have links to the infamous highwayman of the 18th Century, Dick Turpin. It is also here where the England footballer Bobby Moore and other West Ham Footballers in the 1960s and 1970s would go for a drink. Of course, there is more to the area than a single pub. There is The Greenway walk which runs through which gives access to the up and coming Olympic Park. There is also Memorial Recreation Ground for basketball and football as well as Hermit Road Recreation Ground which I hear...
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This is home to one of my favourite places in the area, the Thames Barrier Park. This vast green expanse with gardens, overlooks the Thames and of course, the Thames Barrier which offers London vital defence against tidal surges that could cause flooding to inland London. The dome structures have become iconic of the area and around the park itself, luxury tower blocks have been developed and as the old industry has moves out, vast swathes of land are started to be re-developed. Of course, some still remains such as the massive Tate and Lyle factory. If you ever have sugar in your tea,...
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Stratford is quite possibly one of the most exciting places to live in London at the moment. With the successful bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Stratford is undergoing extreme changes and all within a short space of time. The first thing to note is Stratford City, a building project that will see 11,000 homes created and a huge shopping centre over 73 hectares of land with amenities such as water features and parks. This is not the only development in the area. The Eurostar is going to be stopping in Stratford in the near future, making the area around an hour’s journey from the continent...

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