According to a survey carried out by the property website Rightmove, East London is the unhappiest place to live in Britain. We're not sure we agree.
Just to remind everyone that it’s not all bad, here are the top 5 things that we love about East London:
1. Museums and galleries
East London is home to the fantastic Museum of Childhood, located in Bethnal Green. The Museum is free, open to a wide array of age groups and has an ever-changing selection of amazing events and displays. If it's Art that you're after, there are a number of amazing galleries dotted around, perhaps the most famous of which is the public Whitechapel Gallery. Founded in 1901, the gallery exhibited Guernica by Pablo Picasso in 1938.
2. Café culture
Coffee shops abound in East London. Around almost every corner you will find a cute coffee shop
offering perfectly poured coffee and delicious pastries. Our personal favourites are: Exmouth Coffee Company (nearest tube Aldgate East), Caravan in Exmouth Market, The CoffeeWorks Project in Camden Passage, Islington and Doppio Coffee Warehouse in Shoreditch.
East London is bursting with different cultures. It is extremely diverse, making it one of the most interesting and fascinating places to live in the capital. The cuisine available is equally varied
– whether you’re after an authentic Indian curry, a fresh Thai dish or some Argentinian steak, you’ll find it in East London.
4. Residential atmosphere
There are some really beautiful quiet, leafy areas dotted around East London. The popular yet unspoilt Victoria Park is surrounded by coffee shops, period properties and quirky design stores. Clissold Park in Stoke Newington is equally beautiful, with the Grade II* listed Clissold House offering
some top notch Instagram opportunities.
Christ Church, Spitalfields, is an Anglican church which was built during the 18th Century. The church has beautiful architecture and today is not only home to services and weddings but is also available to hire as a venue. The London Arts Orchestra chose Christ Church as its home.
Old Spitalfields Market has a fantastic selection of markets and stalls and is also available for venue hire. It provides a unique opportunity for the local community, and those unfamiliar to East London, to come together in a spectacular setting.
Other fantastic places in East London that are there for their community include:
Rich Mix @RichMixLondon
Hackney Heart @hackneyheart
Chats Palace @chatspalace
...any many more!
What do you love about East London? Tweet us @AccessLondonMag