A vibrant community on Shoreditch's doorstep
"Full of life and great people, Bethnal Green can confidently lay claim to being the heart of London..."Chris Manderson
"Bethnal Green, with its close proximity to Shoreditch, is a popular and vibrant area where there's always something exciting going on!"Andrew Phillips
"Shoreditch's equally trendy neighbour, Hoxton has a well established arts and entertainment scene."Nick Batten
Where do Bethnal Green locals go?
This place is great for brunches and lunches. They have a cabaret place downstairs so you really could stay all day if you wanted to!
Submitted by Matthew
Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium
Delicious afternoon tea in the company of adorable cats that live in the café.
Submitted by Lydia
A club based off Hackney Road where international DJs and live acts play regularly. It also has terrace parties in the summer.
Submitted by Reese
The Palm Tree
A local drinking institution that retains its traditional decor - a proper East End boozer with plenty of character in Millennium Park.
Submitted by Andrew
An incredible restaurant in east London. Bright yellow and tiny in size, it serves the best fried chicken with American-style sides, including the dill and pomegranate slaw, which is unreal! Booking is recommended...
Submitted by Elliot
A local family run institution where you always feel welcome! This greasy spoon café is a proper traditional place with a buzzing atmosphere.
Submitted by Andrew
The only place in London to do a bacon doughnut... They also have amazing chicken and lunchtime deals in the week!
Submitted by Hollie
After trying nearly all of the Vietnamese restaurants on Kingsland Road, this is by far the best. The setting is cool with graffiti style art on the walls and the service is excellent compared to other places on the same road. Complimentary tea and watermelon at the end is exactly what is needed after trying the extensive menu of pho, noodles, summer rolls and fresh fish.
Submitted by Karrie
Broadway Market is the exact place to go to experience the best of what east London has to offer, with its fantastic range of food stalls, restaurants, shops and pubs! If you go in the summer, be sure to grab a beer and head over to London Fields, where the standard BBQ doesn't exist.
Submitted by Adele
A great place to grab a coffee, freshly prepared snacks or cake, while overlooking one of Victoria Park's lakes.
Submitted by Andrew
A lovely little Caribbean restaurant on Mare Street in East London. They offer the best jerk chicken along with other Caribbean dishes.
Submitted by Ackelia
Victoria Park Market
Open every Sunday, you can enjoy a Sunday walk in the park and have a bite to eat and a pint in the middle of it! Great day out with family or friends on a nice and sunny day.
Submitted by Michal
Diddy's, a café by day and bustling bar by night is a cultural hub situated on the corner of Mare Street and beck road. Just a stone throw away from London fields, this bright and light space offers everything from coffee to their signature cocktails at reasonable prices creating an environment where patrons feel valued and where you "can have a night out without feeling like you have spent all your rent money" owned by Diddy herself.
Submitted by Michal
Why do you find Bethnal Green a great place to live?
"I love Bethnal Green Gardens because there is a park inside for children and there is a spiderweb next to the park for older children Furthermore, there is a huge football pitch and a basketball area. Even though there is a football pitch and a basketball area, it is spacious. Also there is a grass hill that has dandelions all over. To add to this there is a library next to Bethnal Green Gardens. In addition, the whole area is... more
"I love Bethnal Green. It is situated perfectly on the central line and is great for getting around easily. Brick Lane Market on a Sunday is only a 10 minute walk away, along with the great night life in Shoreditch. It is the perfect place to really enjoy London for what it is – a busy, exciting, cosmopolitan city."
"I have lived in East London and have had the amazing opportunity of being born and bred in the heart of it! Bethnal Green has a lovely community and wonderful niche markets, local parks, cheap and cheerful as well as classy restaurants! If you're a fan of food look no further! Brick Lane, (which is round the corner!) has a large flea market with stalls selling antiques, clothes, bric-a-brac and all sorts of other weird and... more
"Behind every corner is an undiscovered hangout. A giant adventure playground in the heart of the city"
"Bethnal Green is an awesome, urban area with an eclectic mix of people, ranging from students, arty hipsters, professionals working in the city to old school Cockney and Bangladeshi residents selling local wares (such as jellied eels, pie & mash and beautiful saris). Bethnal Green Road itself has everything you need from supermarkets, fresh fruit and veg stalls, excellent breakfast places (E Pelliccis and Cafe 338), numero... more
What do you like about Bethnal Green?
Did you know?
"In 1968, the National Federation of Fish Friers finally came to the conclusion that fish and chips was invented in London! Credit went to Joseph Malin of Whitechapel, who in 1860 was the first person to combine the two."
Explore Bethnal Green
Child-friendly activities near Bethnal Green
Art SmartsV&A Museum of Childhood
Kids can get creative with our drop-in arts and crafts sessions, and make an amazing piece of art inspired by the Museum to take home. For children of all ages. Website
ExploreV&A Museum of Childhood
Object-handling, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions that let children get up close to childhood objects and toys Website
Telling TalesV&A Museum of Childhood
Interactive storytelling featuring popular children's tales. Children can help tell the story using sounds and props. Website
Mum & Baby YogaYoga Place
Postnatal and baby yoga class. The class target areas such as pelvic floor strengthening, relaxing shoulders and necks, lower backs, wrists and lots of twists for the tummy, and provides ease fpr colic, constipation and teething, etc. for baby. The session ends with mum and baby relaxation followed by tea and cake! Website
Mummy & Baby YogaYoga Place
Postnatal and baby yoga class. The class target areas such as pelvic floor strengthening, relaxing shoulders and necks, lower backs, wrists and lots of twists for the tummy, and provides ease fpr colic, constipation and teething, etc. for baby. The session ends with mum and baby relaxation followed by tea and cake! Not need to book it just Drop in! Website
East London Ballet SchoolStretch Yoga Studios
Ballet is a fun and creative way for children to exercise, developing fitness, co-ordination, good posture, balance and spatial awareness, alongside an appreciation of music. The East London Ballet School focusses on musicality, expression, fun and building confidence for children aged 18 months to 5 years. Free trial sessions are available and classes can be booked individually or termly. 18 months up to 2 years: Wednesday 15.00-15.30 2 years up to 3.5 years: Wednesday 15.35-16.05 3.5 years up to 5 years: Wednesday 16.10-16.40 Website
Animal Magic-Sensory storytellingV&A Museum of Childhood
Sensory storytelling for children aged 5 and under, inspired by well-loved animal tales. Website
About Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green is a district of the East End of London and part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Located 3.3 miles (5.3 km) northeast of Charing Cross. Bethnal Green is centred around the Central Line tube station at the junction of Bethnal Green Road, Roman Road and Cambridge Heath Road. The district is associated with the E2 postcode district, but this also covers parts of Shoreditch, Haggerston and Cambridge Heath. Bethnal Green is a very diverse area, with many people from many backgrounds and cultures. The nearest London Underground stations are Bethnal Green, Whitechapel and Stepney Green.
Local Estate Agencies
Why not explore some other local areas:
- Victoria Park
- De Beauvoir Town
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