A Guide To East London

copy-17800_lx03bwp_east_london_100710.jpgRecent years have shown a steady increase in the total number of foreign students looking to obtain higher education in London. Not just students, but the rate of foreign employment has also increased tremendously. Whenever a person decides to change his base, there’s always a certain degree of curiosity involved to know more about the country, before packing bags. This guide will focus on useful information for people looking to migrate or travel to the East London.

History Of East London

East London is situated in the northeastern part of London, United Kingdom. Even though it has not been officially claimed, but the eastern section of the London city was known as “That Part Beyond The Tower” until 1720. Later in 1950, the part was named East London. This part of the city included the entire region of Greater London east and northern part of the River Thames. Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Hackney, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets are some areas that lie under this section of the city.

The East London comprises of the areas closer to the ancient City. The early development of the eastern side of London began with the expansion of industries such as ship building and docks. These industries were associated with the River Thames. However, these industries declined during the 20th century, making the East London an area of regeneration.

These areas were further developed during the reign of Victoria and Edwardia, leading to the expansion of the railways in the 19th century. In 1920, private sales of suburban houses were initiated to match the provision of the growing population. The development began in Becontree, followed by Harold Hill right after the World War II.

Geography and Population

From the geographical point of view, the East London is situated in the lower end of River Thames. The major rivers associated with East London are the Thames forming southern boundary, the Lea, the Roding and the Beam. The area adjoining the City of London is the East End of London.

The population of East London is close to 17, 00,000, as recorded in the year 2011. London is one of the largest cities in the European Union and a large portion of the population of the whole country resides in the Eastern part of the country. It is renowned as a country exhibiting global cultural capital. In the year 1981, the population peaked in Tower Hamlets and development was confined to the external grounds. By the year 1971, the population had crested in each ward and the whole region was encountering substantial decline in the population. However, in the census of 2011 the situation was reversed and every region recorded significant growth in population.

Transportation in London:

East London has a well structured and well planned transportation system. It is easily accessible by all means of public transportation. Tube, train, bus and the Light Railway (DLR) are some of the means to travel in and around the city. However, public transportation isn’t cheap as compared to other countries. It might get a bit expensive and thus, it is important to plan your expenses accordingly. Follow these tips to manage your expenses on commuting.

1. It is advised to buy travel cards. These cards can be used for buses, tube lines, and trains. You can expect to get high value discount on these cards as compared to individual tickets.

2. It is important to note that your travel cards should be region specific. You should buy the cards according to the zone you’re likely to travel too often.

3. Oyster card is another kind of travel card that offers huge discount on buses, tube lines, DLR, ferry and train fares. It is a must have card for students who plan to commute through public transportation system.

4. Taxis are no doubt very expensive, but you can always get one if you’re not aware of the streets and address you intend to reach. You can pick a taxi from the street or call for a cab in your area.

Sightseeing in East London

Museum of London dockyard, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Lee Valley Regional Park, Broadway Market, Geffrye museum of the Home, The Ten Bells, Wilton’s Music Hall, Sutton House, and Spitafeilds Market are some of the remarkable places to see in East London. The city offers unparalleled scenery features.

Must-Visit Restaurants in East London

Must-Visit Restaurants in East London

East London is a great place to visit because there are a lot of things to do and see. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are also a lot of great places to eat! From casual to fine dining, there’s something for everyone at the restaurants in this area. If you’re not sure where to get started, then consider the restaurants listed below. These are four places that people love and come back to time and time again!

1. The Quality Chop House

This is a fairly new restaurant, but it’s already extremely popular in the area. There are three menus written each day, and they are based on the fresh ingredients they have delivered that morning. The flavor combinations that the chefs use are unique and new, so there are a lot of dishes on the menu that can’t be found at other restaurants in East London. From the appetizer to the dessert, everything is freshly made with the best ingredients. There’s also a wine bar that has various take-away sandwiches along with specialty glasses of wine. This is a fine dining restaurant, so expect to spend more than you would at a casual spot.

Notable Menu Items (subject to change):

- Amuse buche

- Lamb

- Smoked cherries with chocolate mousse

 

2. Beigel Bake, Brick Lane Bakery

DSC06004Anyone in the mood for pastries, fresh breads or homemade bagels may want to stop by this bakery. It’s open 24/7 and constantly has people passing through the doors. Everything is made with the best ingredients so they taste fresh and delicious whether they are purchased at 1 p.m. or 1 a.m. The bagels are among the most popular menu items, but they also have braised brisket available. This is a small and old looking bakery, but it’s still serving affordable and fresh food to hungry individuals in London. Since it’s always open you can visit any time, but keep in mind certain menu items may only be available during small windows of the day.

Notable Menu Items:

- Hot salt beef beigel with mustard

- Smoked salmon and cream cheese

- Chola bread roll

 

3. Death By Burrito

The name of this sidebar restaurant (conveniently located underneath a music venue) should tell you that it’s all about burritos! What the name doesn’t tell you is that it takes a unique twist on traditional Mexican food by using ingredients like plantains, braised pig cheek and smoked beef. It’s a mix of contemporary Mexican street food and traditional flavors all tied up into amazing burritos, entrees and appetizers that you have to taste to believe. It also serves some great cocktails that are sweet and sugary, making them the perfect complements to this type of food. Everything on the menu is affordable, so it’s a great place to stop and grab a delicious bite to eat.

Notable Menu Items:

- Carne asada hanger steak and mole

- Beef short rib and sweet potato burrito

- Pulled pork and crackling burrito

 

4. Back in 5 Minutes

Located on Brick Lane, this lounge is small and has a lot to offer anyone who trusts their food to the chef. Fredrick Bolin, the Swedish chef in charge, creates a short menu every day of the week. The twist to this is that on Wednesdays, patrons don’t get to decide what to eat! They simply eat the food that they are served, which could be anything from potatoes to tuna. The highlight of this restaurant is the drink menu, which has a variety of cocktails that are sure to relax guests and excite their taste buds. Guests should book ahead of time, as there’s limited seating and it’s only opened Wednesdays to Saturdays.

Notable Menu Items (subject to change):

- Confit duck with orange braised lentils

- Smoked chicken hearts with apple and walnut slaw

- Vanilla panna cotta and red wine poached pears.

East London has a lot of restaurants that have proven themselves over the years, but there are also brand new spots opening up all over that are changing things. More people are getting the chance to experience unique dishes from chefs who want to take their cooking to the next level. These are four great restaurants to check out, but there are many others in East London that are worth your patronage as well!

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Touristic sites to see in East London

Touristic sites to see in East London

It was till some time back that East London was called glamorous West London’s poor relation. However today it has developed so much that bright young things of society prefer being seen in East London. While the past ten years have brought about remarkable changes in Shorditch and Hoxton, Brick Lane and Columbia Road has retained lots of their original atmosphere but are worth exploring.

The touristic sites to see in East London includes art house cinemas, trendy bars, modern art galleries and Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen restaurant. Here are some of the places of attraction worth a visit while in East London.

Hackney Empire

The Hackney Empire was a technological wonder when built in 1901 which attracted acts from all parts of the world. While Chaplin had appeared here a few times before heading to America to gain fame and Stan Laural had perfected his act here, Marie Lloyd was the most important star to appear here before the First World War.

Famous both in the national press and public, Hackney Empire brings the old, black and white together to create a cosmopolitan audience every Christmas. There is a huge line of leading touring productions, world famous orchestras, international opera companies and top comedians and musicians lined up to perform here in coming seasons.

Rio Cinema

It was in December 1937 that the historic Rio Cinema opened here as the “Classic”. It was the mark of television in the 1950s that led to a reduction in audiences; so to restore enthusiasm, the Dalston Classic changed names to Classic Cartoon Cinema, Classic Continental Cinema to finally return to the “Classic” within a year.

However the Dalston Classic was once again re-launched as the Tatler Cinema Club in 1968 and went on to show blue movies and live strip shows to finally close down in 1976. It was finally in 1999 that it got a complete refurbishment to open as Rio Cinema with Grade II listed status.

Cinema that is often ignored by the mainstream is shown here. The annual Turkish and Kurdish film festivals, midweek Classic Matinees and the Saturday morning Children’s Picture Club all feature at the Rio.

White Cube

It was Jay Jopling who had set up White Cube Hoxton as a second, larger gallery space in 2000 in an old light industrial building of the 1920s. It houses an uninterrupted exhibition space with free admission. This “Inside the White Cube” space was launched in 2002, encompasses two floors, viewing galleries, offices, conference space and related space and dedicates a yearlong exhibition.

A wide range of artists of all mediums like Mark Quinn, Damien Hirst and Antony Gormley had showcased their talents here in solo or group exhibitions. Hoxton boasts of a strong art community and culture, various galleries, public art space, bars, restaurants and clubs. With so many abandoned warehouses having been converted into artists’ studios and the highest concentration of artists in Europe, East London is the place for art enthusiasts.

Mudchute Park & Farm

Mudchute Park & Farm spans 32 acres of farmland and is the largest city farm. It offers free admission wherein you see a variety of farm animals and an equestrian center that charges for riding.

The park arranges agricultural shows, summer play schemes and festivals throughout the year while its garden center sells a huge range of shrubs, fruit trees, bedding plants, farm grown perennials, herbs and also offers lots of helpful advice to those with green fingers.

You find a range of gifts, souvenirs and riding and pet accessories on sale in the shop here. There is a café here to relax with a hot or cold drink or snack while its education center handles an after school’s program, a young farmer’s club and also plans activities that follow the national curriculum.

Thames Barrier Park

While Daily Telegraph’s gardening correspondent Jonquil Cargill describes the Thames Barrier Park as ” a garden for the 21st century”, it took 6 years of planning and construction and an international design competition that made London’s first major 22-acre public parkland project for more than 50 years.

The park is located in Silvertown on the River Thames’s north bank and is an integral part in the continuing regeneration of the Royal Docks and Thames Gateway through its life-giving open space and complementary commercial and residential development.

The park boasts of a special Anglo-French touch in its design and construction which is the culmination of talents of professional architects, structural engineers, landscape designers and horticulturists. It is the London Development Agency that now owns, operates and maintains the park.

 

photo by: Ewan-M

Hotels in East London

Hotels in East London

London boasts of a rich history which has developed to become one of the most modern cities of the world. It competes with Paris as a tourist destination, which has led to a boom in hotels and accommodation all over London.

East London is specially the northeastern part of London with origins in 1720 as “That Part beyond the Tower”. It was explicitly defined as East London by 1950 and includes all of Greater London east of London city and north of River Thames.

East London

East London is a business hub with many places of attraction. Visitors love attending opera shows and theatres, go shopping and just roam about here. Some people even visit East London on educational and business trips.

With people visiting East London for myriad reasons, the accommodation in East London, UK too is myriad and fits everyone’s budget, location and need. Moreover, the underground trains here operate on a wide network which solves your commuting problems by providing connectivity throughout London.

Hotels generally offer discounts throughout the year; so with the right research, you will be able to choose a hotel that fits your accommodation needs. Here are 4 accommodation types in East London you can check out on your next UK trip.

Ibis London Docklands

Ibis London Docklands is an economy hotel situated in the Docklands area which is a few minutes’ walk from the commercial and financial hub of Canary Wharf. The hotel has 87 modern guest rooms with internet access and satellite TV and a cafe where you can enjoy snacks and light meals. The hotel is conveniently located 5 km from the City Airport which has an onsite secure parking facility for 30 cars.

Britannia International Hotel

Britannia International Hotel is located next to the internationally famous commercial and financial hub Canary Wharf, which is also the home of various multi-national companies. The hotel’s glass building offers panoramic views that overlook the London skyline.

The hotel is walking distance to South Quay DLR Station, thus providing you with easy commute to the major London sightseeing spots. The 442 en-suite bedrooms of the hotel have modern facilities that include telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and press.

While the Conservatory Bar offers a great meeting place with panoramic waterside views, Jenny’s bar and Pizzeria offers great Italian and Carvery dishes. The hotel is a perfect business destination with its 13 conference rooms, free Wi-Fi in all public areas of the hotel and rooms with first class facilities.

Town Hall hotel and apartments

Town Hall hotel’s baroque architecture, sweeping staircase and art-deco interior give justice to the age-old proverb,” The first impression is the last impression”. This new concept Town Hall is located in the heart of vibrant East London and boasts of 5 star amenities with the space, comfort and convenience you experience in a designer apartment.

You are at liberty of working out in the poolside gym, cooking your own meals in the superb kitchen and if you have no plans of cooking, you can just head to Michelin, the destination restaurant for foodies.

To keep you entertained during your stay, you can also enjoy art displays by London’s exciting young artists, have a few cocktails with some tapas in the bar or just relax in the comfortably furnished apartment. If you love luxury in life, you will never go back to staying in a standard hotel after staying in Town Hall.

Kadimah hotel

Kadimah hotel offers a different feel to most London hotels as it is a terraced bed and breakfast hotel situated in the heart of Stamford Hill. Kadimah hotel exudes elegance and style and also boasts of modern amenities and unparalleled hospitality.

There are two underground stations located nearby while Stamford Hill Station is just a 5 minute walk from the hotel providing you connectivity throughout London. The rooms all have free Wi-Fi access and boast of contemporary décor with en suite bathroom facilities.

These rooms not only provide a haven for tranquil relaxation but accommodate both business and leisure visitors with its modern amenities modern patrons expect.

There are only some of the accommodation choices available in East London UK. It is up to you the tourist, to decide on the type of accommodation you require based on your budget and visit requirements the next time in East London.

photo by: Jim Linwood

Car Insurance in UK

Car Insurance in UK

Police seizes foreign EU-cars

If you want to drive in the UK you have to car insurance in UK. You can not legally drive or keep a car in the UK without insurance unless you file a SORN. Basically a SORN is a statement that you vehicle does not run on public roadways that it is only used on private land or garaged.

The basic car insurance minimum is third party liability which covers you if you are in an accident. It prevents people from being able to sue you in the case of an accident but the basics do not provide you with any financial protection for your vehicle or for yourself.

Anyone that is the registered owner of a vehicle in the UK must have insurance. Even if you are not driving your vehicle and someone else is using it if you are the registered owner you will be held liable for any damage that is caused during an accident if you do not have insurance coverage.

Theft and Vandalism

If you want a better plan all you have to do is shop around a bit. The minimum coverage does not cover for any theft or vandalism to your vehicle. It also does not cover any repairs to your vehicle should you be in an accident.

While the lowest minimum insurance is very likely the least expensive if you value your vehicle it is not a good option. You will want to opt for a policy that will help you to get repairs or compensation should something happen to your vehicle.

The only time the minimum amount of insurance is good is when you aere driving around in a banger that is on its last legs anyway.

Uninsured Vehicles

If you are in an accident you are required to provide at minimum your first and last name and the vehicle registration number. If it comes up that your vehicle is not carrying the proper insurance than you will be fined AND be liable for any damages that have been caused.

Compare Options for Car Insurance in UK

Of course you want to be in compliance with the law but you very likely would like to save some money while you are at it. You can compare car insurance in UK and find a plan that will provide you with excellent coverage that will provide you with financial protection.

Car insurance in other European Countries

Before driving a car in any country in Europe you should  find out what kind of insurance you need. There are a number of sites where yo can gain useful information about that. They include:

The European Union (EU)

Bilforsikring (Denmark)

Angloinfo (Italy)

 

 

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Hostel in East London

Hostel in East London

There are a lot of people that are traveling to London that have decided they are going to stay in a hostel in east London.  If you are thinking about doing the same, and you have never been to one of these then you have to have a few tips to follow.  These can definitely make your stay a lot nicer and it will help to ensure that you are happy with your stay.

One of the first things that you have to know about your hostel in east London is that they are not all going to have what you need.  That could include the internet or access to a computer. So, it is always a good idea to spend a some time researching each hostel in east London to see what they have and if they will be able to meet any need that you have.

If you think that you have found a hostel in east London that you think you are happy with then you will want to make a phone call and see what they have to say.  You will first need to make sure that they are open when you will be there.  You should also find out if you are going to have your own room or if you have to share a room with someone.  This can often be a determining factor for a lot of people when it comes to staying in a hostel.  Just remember that if you are willing to share a room you might be able to save some money.  You are also going to meet a lot of different people this way.

Think about how you will be seeing the countryside or the city while you are there.  A good hostel in east London will most definitely be able to set you up with some amazing tours that you can take. These are nice because you will be able to see everything and you are not going to be required to leave the hostel in order to meet a tour guide. All of this will be set up for you there and you will find that it is a great way to see what is happening and what you might want to do later.

For those who have never stayed at a hostel, it could be a great experience.  You never know what you will see and who you might meet.

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