Now's the time to visit East London

With the 2012 Olympic Games looming, now is the perfect time to rediscover East London. The East End may have had a bad rap for several decades, but its thriving art and cultural scene is begging to be explored and the best part is that many fantastic attractions aren't yet on the tourist trail.

Introduction to East London

The East End can allow you to take a glimpse of the authentic London, away from the tourist traps and monotonous attractions. If you want to delve deeper into the city, the London Greeters are volunteer residents that can show you a side of town only the locals know!

Getting to East London

The Dockland Light Railway is a great way to explore the East End and provides great views of Canary Wharf and the historic Docks. East London is also well served by the London Underground, or Tube to the locals. For something a little different, travel east along the Thames by river boat, taking in famous sights like Westminster and Tower Bridge. Thames Clippers provides river services for commuters and tourists alike.

Top attractions in East London

Some of the best attractions in East London include:

  • Museum of London
  • Museum of London Docklands
  • National Maritime Museum
  • Queen's House
  • Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • Tower Bridge Exhibition
  • Spitalfields market
  • Broadway market
  • Brick Lane
  • Canary Wharf
  • Billingsgate Fish Market
  • London Bridge Area
  • Maltby Street
  • Tower of London

London 2012

East London is of course home to the 2012 Olympic Games. And you don't have to wait for the opening ceremony to soak up some of the excitement - visit Stratford to see how the construction is coming along.

Where to stay in East London

East London has accommodation to suit all budgets. A couple of our top suggestions are:

  • Hilton London Canary Wharf - from £99 per night
  • Chamberlain Hotel - from £125 per night
  • Britannia International Hotel - from £65 per night
  • Marlin Apartments Canary South - from £95 per night

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