Newham Borough Guide

Your All In London guide to Newham

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.

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Must see attractions in Newham

ExCeL London

One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

Regions & Neighbourhoods in Newham

East Ham
East Ham is home to a large Asian community, which is reflected in the shops and eateries on the high street, which sit side by side with traditional pie and mash shops. Elsewhere there are uninspirin...
Forest Gate
Not to be confused with south London’s leafy Forest Hill, Forest Gate is gaining popularity thanks to (whisper it)having relatively affordable properties. This fact coupled with the 2012 Olympics h...
Stratford
This formerly run-down section of the East End is undergoing one of London’s greatest transformations. The 2012 Olympic Games have meant huge amounts of money have been poured into the area, creatin...
Upton Park
Upton Park is best known for being the home of West Ham United Football Club, founded in 1895, and unfortunately the 2009 riots that occurred when fans invaded the pitch of a West Ham vs Millwall game...
Newham
Newham has long been one of London’s most deprived areas, however as one of the hosting areas for the 2012 London Olympics it has benefited from new employment opportunities and investment, and perh...
Plaistow
Plaistow has long been one of London’s most deprived areas, however some are optimistic that the hosting of the Olympic games in neighbouring Stratford will bring a much-needed boost to the local ec...

Neighbouring Boroughs

Hackney
Hackney did once have a bit of a bad reputation for being downtrodden and crime-ridden, but parts of Hackney have now been transformed into super-trendy hotspots where everyone wants to be seen; on th...
Greenwich
Beautiful and popular riverside area which revels in its maritime past; the region is full of naval sites and attractions including the Cutty Sark, Royal Naval College and the Maritime Museum. ...
Tower Hamlets
In terms of diversity, you’d be pushed to find a London borough with more opposing moods than Tower Hamlets. Home to the famous curry houses of Brick Lane, the hip art gallery and the East London Mo...
Waltham Forest
Former home of William Morris, David Beckham and boyband E17, and current home to Britain's largest street market stretching for over a mile, Waltham Forest is a largely residential borough with a ver...
Redbridge
Lying on the north-easterly edge of Greater London, Redbridge is sometimes known as the "leafy" suburb, and as such enjoys one of the best living environments in the capital. The Borough stretches fro...
Barking and Dagenham
The borough of Barking & Dagenham has benefited from significant inward investment over recent years which has improved the standard of the local environment and quality of housing. Housing is still u...

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