Spotlight: East London

Posted: 23 January 2015 by Higgins Homes

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East London is one of those areas that has grown in prominence over the past decade as more and more people have begun to realise what an exciting place it is to live. With easy transport connections to the centre of London, to the City and the Docklands, it's one of the most convenient parts of the city to live in for commuting and also gives you quick access to many of London's delights, from the West End to the major tourist spots.

When it comes to eating and drinking, East London is one of the city's most vibrant areas with new pop up restaurants, gourmet establishments and experimental cuisines appearing pretty much every week. This has become one of the hubs of London's restaurant scene and that means that you can tickle your taste buds with a whole range of different mouthfuls here, from the legendary Brick Lane Beigel Bake (open 24 hours a day and serving the best salt beef bagels in the entire country), to the Vietnamese establishments of Kingsland Road and high end dining of the likes of Boundary and the St John.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee hangs over the entire East London area and that's because virtually every new coffee shop that opens in the city starts life here (or it seems like that anyway). If you're something of a perfectionist when it comes to your morning brew then you will find indie roasteries and neighbourhood brewing gems around every corner. While you're exploring the area's coffee shops take a little time for the wealth of local markets and galleries too two of the best known are Broadway Market and the StolenSpace Gallery. When the sun goes down over East London then the area comes alive, as this is also one of London's liveliest nights out.

Head for the bright lights of Shoreditch for the rowdiest bars and clubs or seek out some of the more eclectic venues like Dalston's Passing Clouds or the edgy basement venue that is Barden's Boudoir. Many of the traditional East London pubs have been reinvented for the influx of young, hip locals too, which means characterful drinking establishments that serve a range of fantastic beers and ales, including locally brewed options. Of course you don't have to party hard every night, as East London has plenty of other entertainment options too, from bowling at the All Star Lanes to live music at 93 Feet East.

It's easy to see why East London has become such a popular part of the city, both to live and to visit. With all this excitement and entertainment on your doorstep you might just find you never want to leave.  

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