Great pub, sourdough pizza and family friendly. Also makes a great cocktail and has a large and lovely garden.
Submitted by Jenny
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.
Submitted by Gerald
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!
Submitted by Siobhan
A down to earth vegetarian Indian restaurant, with tasty, inexpensive, healthy and authentic food.
Submitted by Jennifer
A fantastic Asian confectionary shop selling both sweet and savoury treats on Green Street, close to Upton Park Underground Station.
Submitted by Charlotte
This excellent fish shop buys in their fish from Billingsgate Market. They cater for a variety of cultures, with a range of exotic fish.
Submitted by Charlotte
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.
Submitted by Natalie
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.
Submitted by Stan
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.
Submitted by Charlotte
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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.
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.
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Multi-Sport Holiday Club-Dorothy Barley AcademyDorothy 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
Messy MorningClaude Ramsey Library
This is a chance to: have fun through messy play, be able to explore different textures and materials, and enable parents to meet other parents/carers with children the same age. This is a drop in session so no booking is required. Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting a bit messy. Website
Story TimeClaude Ramsey Library
Children's stories read aloud - free to attend. Website
Trapeze TotsHangar 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
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.
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