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Clutch

Clutch

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...

E. Pellicci

E. Pellicci

A local family run institution where you always feel welcome! This greasy spoon café is a proper traditional place with a buzzing atmosphere.

Oval Space

Oval Space

A club based off Hackney Road where international DJs and live acts play regularly. It also has terrace parties in the summer.

BIRD

BIRD

The only place in London to do a bacon doughnut... They also have amazing chicken and lunchtime deals in the week!

Bistrotheque

Bistrotheque

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!

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium

Delicious afternoon tea in the company of adorable cats that live in the café.

The Palm Tree

The Palm Tree

A local drinking institution that retains its traditional decor - a proper East End boozer with plenty of character in Millennium Park.

York Hall Leisure Centre

York Hall Leisure Centre

Famous gym, spa and boxing venue!

Pho House

Pho House

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.

Broadway Market

Broadway Market

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.

Pavilion Café

Pavilion Café

A great place to grab a coffee, freshly prepared snacks or cake, while overlooking one of Victoria Park's lakes.

Café Health

Café Health

A lovely little Caribbean restaurant on Mare Street in East London. They offer the best jerk chicken along with other Caribbean dishes.

Victoria Park Market

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.

Diddy's

Diddy's

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.

The Advisory

The Advisory

The best burger in Hackney and delicious sides too!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Dalston, Spitalfields, Victoria Park, Hackney, Hoxton, Aldgate, De Beauvoir Town and Homerton

"In 1980 journalist Duncan Campbell entered (illegally) down an access shaft in Bethnal Green and attempted to cycle to Westminster. He was amazed at how well maintained and extensive the tunnels were under the city and had no need of a map as they were very well signposted."

Bethnal Green, with its close proximity to Shoreditch, is a popular and vibrant area where there's always something exciting going on!

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Full of life and great people, Bethnal Green can confidently lay claim to being the heart of London...

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Shoreditch's equally trendy neighbour, Hoxton has a well established arts and entertainment scene.

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What locals say about Bethnal Green

  1. 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 clean, plus the community that work there are very kind, generous and helpful.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 wonderful things and is famous for selling THE best Indian around! Columbia Flower Market is also round the corner! You can surprise your loved ones with beautiful giant bouquets! Bethnal green has the underground,and National Railway and a range of buses which can take you to different locations!! A lovely, warm, and sociable area! :)

  4. Behind every corner is an undiscovered hangout. A giant adventure playground in the heart of the city

  5. 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), numerous banks, opticians, take-away places, a decent swimming pool & gym classes in the old Roman baths and several great pubs (not to mention my favourites - The Old George and The Star of Bethnal Green). It’s also perfectly located for some of the best things to do in East London: browsing the vintage clothes shops and sampling the food markets/ curry houses of Brick Lane, bumbling around Spitafields’ stalls, hitting the bars and clubs in Shoreditch, buying gorgeous plants and fresh flowers on a Sunday from Colombia Road Flower Market, wandering along the canal at Broadway, chilling out on London Fields and strolling around beautiful Victoria Park. Stratford Westfield is only two stops further east on the central line for all your shopping needs and there are two nearby cinemas at Hackney Empire and Richmix in Shoreditch (both a 20 min walk away). Commuting to the West End onwards is easy as you’re only in Zone 2 on the central line and the railway line at Bethnal Green is on the Overground with better access to Stoke Newington, Walthamstow Village and South East London. If you work in the City you can walk to work in just 30 minutes. We couldn't have been happier living here for the past 7 years and will be sad to leave!

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Child-friendly activities near Bethnal Green

Mummy & Baby Yoga

Yoga 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 School

Stretch 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

Telling Tales

V&A Museum of Childhood
Interactive storytelling featuring popular children's tales. Children can help tell the story using sounds and props. Website

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V&A Museum of Childhood
Object-handling, demonstrations and have-a-go sessions that let children get up close to childhood objects and toys Website

Frogprince Baby Music - Hackney City Farm

Hackney City Farm
Based on the use of simple and common music instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, toy percussion, voice and the most popular songs and nursery rhymes for children, Frogprince Baby Music Class is a path toward the joy of socializing through music. Website

Art Smarts

V&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

Animal Magic-Sensory storytelling

V&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.

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