Newham has had its fair share of challenges throughout the 20th century. Due to its proximity to the Docklands, the areawas subject to bomb damage during World War II raids, destroying housing stock; unemployment rates have also traditionally been a problem. However Newham is also where you’ll find the Theatre Royal Stratford East, which opened in 1953, arts venue Stratford Circus, and the University of East London. West Ham United F.C. have their home turf at Upton Park, and the ExCel Centre receives international visitors all year round. Recent regeneration efforts have included the opening of the Westfield shopping centre in 2011 and the development of East Village, a brand new neighbourhood with shops, restaurants and green spaces that served as the athletes’ village during the 2012 Olympics. Newham also happens to be one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the UK, which is reflected at the lively Queen’s Market and on bustling Green Street.
Newham is a densely populated borough east of London's centre. As well as the regenerated docklands area, Newham also includes some established East End neighbourhoods like Plaistow, East Ham and Canning Town. More than four out of ten people in the borough are aged 25 or under and two thirds are from minority ethnic backgrounds. Despite regeneration efforts in the docklands, east end and Thames Gateway, Newham remains one of the most deprived boroughs in the whole country.