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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.

Swing Patrol Victoria Park

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.

Pavilion Café

Pavilion Café

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

Goldstar Dry Cleaners

Goldstar Dry Cleaners

The masters of getting any stain out and they have always got a trick or two up their sleeve to get them out. 5 shirts for £7.50 is a bargain - and they will even do same day cleaning for the same price!

Tredegar Square

Tredegar Square

Beautiful green space in zone 2.

York Hall Leisure Centre

York Hall Leisure Centre

Famous gym, spa and boxing venue!

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.

The Narrow

The Narrow

A great gastropub on Narrow Street in Limehouse with fabulous food and a lovely atmosphere. The terrace has superb views of the Thames and you can go for a stroll around picturesque Limehouse Basin afterwards to walk off all the calories consumed!

Victoria Park

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.

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

Britain's largest piece of art, you can buy tickets to go up and view London from the top, as well as abseil down and hire it out for private events.

Noodle Street

Noodle Street

A cracking little Chinese restaurant on a random street, tucked away amongst a number of residential blocks. Great food and it's always full. Good prices too and if you can't be bothered to leave the house, they deliver!

Print House

Print House

A Shorditch-y looking bar on Stratford's High Street next to the water. If you want to have a drink with friends where you can actually hear them talk, this is the place!

Urban Food Fest

Urban Food Fest

This food festival off Shoreditch High Street is there every Saturday throughout the day and late into the night. There's loads of delicious food stalls with cuisines from all over the world and bars serving tasty cocktails.

Boisdale

Boisdale

This is a first class restaurant and bar. Where else can you hear jazz, blues and amazing tribute acts every night of the week without travelling to the West End?!

Docklands Nails

Docklands Nails

Friendly, efficient and great value!

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

"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!"

There's no better place in London than Wapping! I love the impressive mix of modern developments and historic buildings.

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Limehouse is a stunning residential gem between the City and Canary Wharf...

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The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been a fantastic addition to Stratford, putting our area on the map!

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Child-friendly activities near Tower Hamlets

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

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

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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

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

Animal Magic-Sensory storytelling

V&A Museum of Childhood
Sensory storytelling for children aged 5 and under, inspired by well-loved animal tales. Website

Tower Hamlets Mums and Dads to be evening

Browns Hertsmere Road
Fun informal and social evenings for pregnant ladies and their partners to meet others who live in Tower Hamlets for a chat and a nibble. Compare notes on pram-buying find out the latest information about where to give birth in the area and much more as well as meeting other local parents-to-be in the area. Third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) 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

About Tower Hamlets

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a London borough to the east of the City of London and north of the River Thames. It is in the eastern part of London and covers much of the traditional East End. It also includes much of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks and Canary Wharf. Many of the tallest buildings in London are located on the Isle of Dogs in the south of the borough. Tower Hamlets, in spite of being close to the centre of London and perhaps retaining the idea of it being the docklands area, has over 100 areas of parks and open spaces within its boundaries. These range from the huge (Victoria Park) to small gardens and squares.

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