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Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas

A locals' guide to Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas

"Bounded by canals and close to the Olympic Park, I often go running round Victoria Park."

Alexandra Lega

"Watch all the big Hollywood blockbusters and arts films at independent Hackney Picturehouse."

Chris Manderson

"Old Spitalfields Market is the perfect place to pick up a gift or dine in beautiful Victorian-designed surroundings."

Andrew Moores

What is your favourite place?

Where do Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas locals go?

Pavilion Café

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

Swing Patrol Victoria Park

I love the beginner swing dance classes at The Royal Inn on the Park every Tuesday. The classes are fun, the teachers and students are friendly and the dancing is great! A great way to meet new people, get some exercise and, of course, learn to dance.

Common Greenway Cafe

Hidden gem, relaxed environment, friendly staff and great food!

York Hall Leisure Centre

Famous gym, spa and boxing venue!

Victoria Park

Skateboarding through Victoria Park is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Possibly heading to Broadway Market after to find coffee and more than likely after a few skateboard tricks, a pharmacy.

Tredegar Square

Beautiful green space in zone 2.

Chrisp Street Market

Poplar's vibrant pedestrianised market and one of a few places in London where you can buy a baguette and then a mop in under a minute!

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.

The Palm Tree

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

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

On the doorstep of Victoria Park and Stratford within the Olympic Park - the world's tallest tunnel slide. Not your average Helter Skelter and not for the faint hearted!

Pub on the Park

On the border of London Fields, its a fantastic pub with a big outdoor area and reasonable drink prices too.

Il Bordello

A family-run Italian with turbot bigger than my face! Their service is outstanding and one that we can all learn from and appreciate the lack of nowadays.

The Captain Kidd

Serving organic beer to sip on a sunny London day and affording a garden directly overlooking the Thames. Many a pirate fantasy has been regaled in this public house.

Hackney Fresh

I often pop in to this fruit and veg shop for their fresh produce and a coffee. Very handy!

The Pantry

Specialist eggless cakes for every occasion!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Bow, Limehouse, Victoria Park, Bethnal Green, Whitechapel, Poplar, Homerton, Stratford, West Ham and Hackney

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"The American Dennis Severs captured a perfect recreation of what it would be like to live in the 17th century by turning this house in Spitafields into a "time capsule" of different historical styles that is now open to the public...including different smells for the different epochs!"

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Child-friendly activities near Tower Hamlets and surrounding areas

Frogprince Baby Music Classes at Stepney City Farm

Stepney City Farm,
FROGPRINCE BABY MUSIC is the gorgeous music event for newborns, toddlers and parents. Curated by multi-instrumentalist Stefano Antoci D'Agostino aka Stead and based on the most popular songs and nursery rhymes for children. The class is a multi-instrumental path toward the joy of socializing through music. Website

Tiny Time Music- Royak Inn- Victoria Park

Royal Inn on the Park
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Drop in class. No need to book! Website

Big Little Singers - Baby friendly choir for Mums

Royal Inn On The Park
Big Little Singers is a new singing group for Mum's, Dad's, Grandparents and babies. 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

LCF Language School


Give your little ones a head start in exploring and understanding other languages. LCF Language School is running classes in French and Spanish. Children will be taught in fun, interactive sessions using games, craft, drama, story-times and active play. Website

Yoga Creation

Westferry Studios
This excellent yoga centre is situated by Westferry station on the DLR. The studio runs a breadth of different types of yoga by a collective of qualified instructors. Website

Baby (Developmental) Massage

Buggies & Bikes (downstairs)
Massage works muscles and the joints, increases flexibility, you learn a lovely skill for life. Website
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