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

"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..."

Joshua Mugume

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

Natalie Mills

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

Joshua Mugume

What is your favourite place?

Where do Barking locals go?

The Larder

Great Coffee and Cake - It has only just opened!

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

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

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


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

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

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

Great traditional pie and mash.

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.


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

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.

Wanstead Flats

A fantastic green open space situated between Forest Gate, Manor Park and Aldersbrook.

Run or Dye

The most fun you can have with a pair of trainers, never mind the mad dashing through colour stations where you're attacked with sachets of dye. There's also a music festival of colour! Run or Dye takes place not only in London, but all around the country and world.

ExCel Centre

There are exhibitions held here all the time - most recently ComicCon. It was also the venue for many of the events during the 2012 Olympics.

Sunborn Yacht Hotel

A little known gem, the Sunborn is a fully functioning hotel held on a yacht next to the ExCel centre. You can go here just for the bar, as well as the half price buffet breakfast at the weekend too!

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

What do you love about Barking?

Why do you find Barking a great place to live?


"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."

December 2014


"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 Wha... more

November 2012


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

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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

Messy Morning

Claude 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 Time

Claude Ramsey Library
Children's stories read aloud - free to attend. 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
  1. 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.

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