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The Best Areas to Live in East London – E Postcodes

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East London is a bustling area with plenty of things to see and do. Whether you’re looking to be right in the heart of the action in one of the recently regenerated areas in the region, like Hackney, or would prefer the relaxed residential feel of Stratford, there’s something for everyone in East London.
 

Hackney

Hackney is synonymous with cool, and has become an increasingly popular area for both buyers and renters over the past decade as it’s become more gentrified. Located 4 miles from Charing Cross and just around the corner from fashionable Shoreditch and Hoxton, Hackney is perfectly situated for the very best that London life has to offer. There’s a huge choice of swanky bars, restaurants and interesting independent shops in the area, as well as the Hackney Empire and Broadway Market for culture vultures.

Although Hackney doesn’t have a stop on the Underground, it is part of the Overground network, with frequent departures to Liverpool Street, making it quick and easy to get into the centre of London and beyond. There’s a good mixture of different housing styles in Hackney, with historic terraced houses sitting alongside new developments of flats built to cater to rising demands. As Hackney becomes more popular, house prices are rising, and it’s currently the twelfth most expensive borough in which to buy a house in London, but there are still bargains to be found for those who want to settle down in this thriving district.
 

Dalston

This lively area in the borough of Hackney is undergoing a rapid process of regeneration, which has led to increased house prices over the last few years, as well as an increase in hip bars, restaurants and cultural attractions. This has earned Dalston a reputation as being one of the coolest places to live in the UK.

It’s just 4 miles from central London, and although there’s no Underground station in the area, there are multiple overground stations so Liverpool Street can be reached in just over 10 minutes. There’s also a wide bus network which will take you across the city. Although Dalston is popular with young professionals, it’s also a great choice for families. There are a number of primary and secondary schools in Dalston that are highly-rated by Ofsted, and ratings have increased over the last few years.
 

Forest Gate

Just 7 miles north-east of Charing Cross, Forest Gate is a quiet residential district that includes the pretty Woodgrange Conservation Area. It’s a popular choice for young families, with West Ham Park providing plenty of green space for kids to play in, and a range of good primary and secondary schools in the area.

The houses in Forest Gate are primarily Victorian terraces, although there are also some detached and semi-detached houses in the conservation area, and there are plans for new developments of flats in Forest Gate too. It’s the perfect location for commuters into the city centre, with the Crossrail line to Canary Wharf taking just under 15 minutes and the journey into the West End just under 20 minutes.
 

Plumstead and Greenwich

Plumstead is in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and although it’s seen rapid growth in housing developments over recent years, it retains large expanses of green space, making it a popular area for young families interested in buying a house in East London. Plumstead Common is an expansive green space that’s part of the South East London Green Chain, and it’s the location of the popular Plumstead ‘Make Merry’ event, a community-run festival, as well as the annual Mela.

Just 8 minutes to London Bridge or 30 minutes to Charing Cross on the Overground, Plumstead is perfectly situated for those who want easy access to central London whilst enjoying all the benefits of living slightly outside the hustle and bustle.
 

Haggerston

Haggerston is just over 3 miles from Charing Cross, nestled between Dalston, Hoxton and Bethnal Green. It has all the creative vibes of these areas, but the house prices haven’t quite caught up yet making it a more affordable option, particularly for first-time buyers.

Popular with both families and young professionals, Haggerston has a strong community feel, although it doesn’t have a distinct town centre. The area has good transport links to the city centre with a new station on the overground line connecting the area to Highbury and Islington. There are a lot of Victorian terraced houses in Haggerston, as well as pre- and post-war housing estates.
 
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