Home Inspiration Local Life Barking

You are not logged in. Log in / Register

Barking Area Guide

Mainly residential area within easy reach of Canary Wharf and the City

Find another area

Where do Barking locals go?

Submit your favourite place

Boathouse Cafe

Boathouse Cafe

Cafe and bar close to the river

The Red Lion

The Red Lion

Great pub, sourdough pizza and family friendly. Also makes a great cocktail and has a large and lovely garden.

The Larder

The Larder

Great Coffee and Cake - It has only just opened!

Dynamix Health Club

Dynamix Health Club

The perfect place to go to relieve stress after work. It has an amazing free weights room and a cafe serving healthy juices and shakes made from a choice of protein brands.

Panda's Kitchen

Panda's Kitchen

Chinese takeaway if you're in between the Forest Gate and Upton Park Area. All fresh ingredients, amazing portions and cooked with loads of colour and flavour!

Vijay's Chawalla

Vijay's Chawalla

A down to earth vegetarian Indian restaurant, with tasty, inexpensive, healthy and authentic food.

Ambala

Ambala

A fantastic Asian confectionary shop selling both sweet and savoury treats on Green Street, close to Upton Park Underground Station.

London Fish Bazaar

London Fish Bazaar

This excellent fish shop buys in their fish from Billingsgate Market. They cater for a variety of cultures, with a range of exotic fish.

Golden Fleece

Golden Fleece

A hidden gem in Forest Gate Village overlooking Wanstead Flats, this pub has recently undergone a full refurbishment and has a huge beer garden at the rear.

Pie Republic

Pie Republic

Great traditional pie and mash.

Tromso E7

Tromso E7

Amazing coffee and breakfast! Really cute ambiance.

Corner Kitchen

Corner Kitchen

Fantastic family orientated cafe serving unique stone baked pizzas, homemade cakes and featuring a basement playground with dedicated activities throughout the week for under 5's. Great place to take babies and toddlers.

The Black Lion Pub

The Black Lion Pub

Best Saturday lunch offer!

Compôtes

Compôtes

This cafe next to Wanstead Park Station makes a great cappuccino!

Wanstead Park

Wanstead Park

Home to a variety of wildlife, Wanstead Park and its pond are fantastic on a lazy Sunday; take a stroll and feed the ducks and geese.

Camden places

Know a great place?

Share your favourite place to go to in Barking.

Let us know

Why not explore the nearby areas of Eastbury, Loxford, Thames, Longbridge, Clementswood, Ilford, Plashet, Upton Park, Manor Park and Becontree

"Beckton Gas Works was used as the location for a Japanese Internment Camp in Steven Spielberg's drama Empire of the Sun."

Investment from the Mayor's Out of London fund has made a marked difference with new public spaces and community projects...

Barking quote

Joshua Mugume

Many people don't realise it's only a quick train ride into central London from Barking Station!

Natalie Mills

Barking has a lot to offer - shops, schools and river walks...and with a massive regeneration programme already under way, its future is very bright...

Barking quote

Joshua Mugume

Explore Barking

  1. Food and Drink places Amenities

  2. Tube and rail stations Transport

  3. Schools, colleges and universities Schools

    School performance tables

  4. Shops Property

Property prices

What are typical prices in Barking

Property Prices

For sale

Latest properties for sale in Barking

For sale

To rent

Latest rental properties in Barking

To rent

What locals say about Barking

  1. Barking is close to parks. Plenty of shopping facilities including ethnic shopping. Close to A13 and North Circular so can go to rest of Essex, Lakeside or Southend or go to Central London, North and East London.

  2. Broadway theatre near the town hall has good comedy nights. (It was formerly called the Asembely hall and Neil Young recorded there) Living in Barking's town centre is handy for transport and nice and compact for local amenities like the new library and mall - As a commuter I originally came there for the frequent C2C intercity trains which plonk you in Fenchurch Street within 20 minutes. The tube is not bad for Canary Wharf and Kings X either but if you want some hilly scenery (Barking is more flat essex than high rise/river view east end) then the overground is only half an hour across North London to Gospel Oak.

  3. Submit your feedback

    What do you think of Barking?

    Send your comment

Child-friendly activities near Barking

Multi-Sport Holiday Club-Dorothy Barley Academy

Dorothy Barley Academy
Inspire to Engage is Premier Sport's brand new holiday course initiative. Your children will keep busy and active with a huge variety of activities and sports for them to enjoy during the school holiday. The fun environment on our holiday courses means they mix with loads of children of their own age, get active and most importantly have fun. The scheme is not avaliable on Good Friday and the Easter Bank Holiday on Monday 6th April. Website

Trapeze Tots

Hangar Arts Trust
Let your little ones bounce, balance and learn the foundations of circus skills with experienced instructors in a safe group environment. 6 Week Term: 16:00 - 17:00 Tuesdays 2nd June to 7th July Fee £60 (2 child sibling discount £108) Website

Knit and natter

The Woolwich Centre
Come along and learn to knit with a friendly group of knitting lovers. Learn the basics in o Casting on and off o How to follow a pattern. You'll be knitting with confidence in no time. Website

Japanese Mothers Group

Woolwich Centre Library
Woolwich Library is situated in the heart of Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. This modern facility is conveniently located close to the town centre, making it an accessible library for all to use. Website

Together Senses Art Group

Woolwich Centre Library
Unlock your artistic talents at Together sense art classes at Woolwich Library on Wednesday from 4:00pm - 5:00pm. Website

Movers & Cruisers

Space,
Movers and Cruisers is a parent / carer and baby group for mobile babies and toddlers. Every week we meet up, normally on a Thursday morning, and head somewhere so our children can romp about and let off steam (and we can chat and catch up). Website

The Rabbit Hole

The Rabbit Hole
The magic of Alice in Wonderland has arrived in Lincoln in the form of a new tea room in Lincoln. Expect to find the beloved characters from the novel painted on the walls with creative décor throughout and a range of food and drink based around the book!

About Barking

Barking is a suburban town in east London and is located 8.8 miles (14.2 km) east of Charing Cross. In addition to an extensive and fairly low density residential area, the town centre forms a large retail and commercial district. The former industrial lands to the south are also being redeveloped as Barking Riverside. Barking station is a local transport hub and is served by the London Underground, London Overground, National Rail operator c2c and many London Bus routes. The east of Barking is served by Upney tube station.

What are your favourite things about Barking? Find out how much your flat or house is worth om Barking.

Local Estate Agencies

Barking estate agents

IG11 estate agents

Why not explore some other local areas
Eastbury area guide
Loxford area guide
Thames area guide
Longbridge area guide
Clementswood area guide
Ilford area guide
Plashet area guide
Upton Park area guide
Manor Park area guide
Becontree area guide
IG11 area guide

How much is your property worth?

Get your free online valuation

Instant Valuation

Feedback about living in Barking has been submitted directly by the public and may not neccessarily reflect the views of Foxtons. The description of Barking was modified from Wikipedia and is available under the Creative Commons licence. Land Registry data is Crown copyright.

All the views and contributions contained within Foxtons Local Life are those of the contributors. All content is assessed before publishing for taste, however free opinion is encouraged. Foxtons accept no payment or sponsorship for content that is posted about Barking.

Unlock the true value of your home

Lettings & Property Management

Call 020 7893 6200

Explore news articles, area guides and interior design trends

Setting the standard in estate agency

We combine best-in-class people and technology to set the standard for service in estate agency

Find your nearest office

Our Services

Setting the standard in estate agency

Our services
Find tenants
Property Management
Specialist services
Short lets
Prime Lettings
Help being a landlord
Help & Guides
Buy to Let Mortgages
Property inspiration
Blog
Interior Design
Local life
Area guides
Schools
Let's get social