Bethnal Green has become an extremely popular location for visitors in recent years as art galleries, boutiques and swanky lounges have popped up.
Located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the area has become very trendy due to its proximity to the City of London and excellent transport links.
Victoria Park in Bethnal Greenhas also developed a reputation as an excellent location to host music festivals, with Lovebox and Rock Against Racism among the shows put on over the years.
It offers visitors a real slice of what life is like in London in that the area is multicultural, lively and unpolished, while there are also plenty of establishments serving a meal synonymous with Cockneys – pie, mash and jellied eels.
- Museum of Childhood (Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E2)
- Idea Store Whitechapel (321 Whitechapel Road, Bethnal Green, London E1)
- Ragged School Museum (46-50 Copperfield Road, Bow, Bethnal Green, London E3
- Hackney City Farm (1 Goldsmiths Row, Bethnal Green, London E2)
- Hackney Museum (1 Reading Lane, Bethnal Green, London E8)
- St Leonard’s Church (Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, London E1)
- The Gallery in Redchurch Street (50 Redchurch Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 )
- Vilma Gold (6 Minerva Street, Bethnal Green, London E2)
- StART Space (150 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London E2)
- Spitalfields Heritage Centre (19 Princelet Street, Bethnal Green, London E1)
- Spitalfields Market Opera (4 & 5 Lamb Street, Bethnal Green, London E1)
Nearby tube stations
- Bethnal Green (0.4 miles away) – Head north on Cambridge Road towards Bethnal Green Road, and then turn left on to Bethnal Green Road. This walk will take about eight minutes.
- Whitechapel (0.7 miles away) – Head south on Court Street towards Whitechapel Road. Turn right on Whitechapel Road and then turn right on to Vallance Road and continue on to Bethnal Green Road. This walk will take about 14 minutes.
- Liverpool Street (1.2 miles away) – Head northeast on Old Broad Street, towards Liverpool Street. Continue on to Sun Street Passage, turn right towards Bishopsgate and then turn left on to Bishopsgate. Finally, turn right on to Bethnal Green Road. This walk will take about 23 minutes.
Nearby car parks
- Minories Car Park (1 Shorter Street, London E1 8LP)
- Truman Brewery Parking (Grey Eagle Street, Poplar, London E16)
- NCP Whitechapel High Street (Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PJ)
- Easy Car Parks Ltd (62 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LP)
- Hearn Street Car Park (7-11 Hearn Street, London EC2A 3LS)
- Genesis Cinema (93-95 Mile End Road, London E1 4UJ) – Head east on Bethnal Green Road towards Buckfast Street. Next, turn right on to Vallance Road, turn left on to Dunbridge Street and then turn right on to Brady Street. Finally, turn left on to Whitechapel Road and the destination will be on the left. This walk will take about 21 minutes.
- The Former Shoreditch Underground Station (7 Code Street, London E1 5ER) – Head south on Seabright Street towards Viaduct Place. Turn right towards Mape Street and then continue on to Mape Street, before turning right on to Dunbridge Street. Finally, turn left on to Vallance Road, turn right Pedley Street, turn left on to Code Street and the destination will be on the left. This walk will take about 14 minutes.
Things to do in Bethnal Green
- Visit the Columbia Road Flower Market – This street market is open on Sundays and offers an oasis of foliage and flowers. It is London’s principal flower market and is devoted to selling plants, flowers, garden fittings and gardening equipment.
- Go to an event at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – This historic club is situated on Pollard Row and has been the scene of many live music, comedy, burlesque and art performances.
- Eat at the Typing Room – This fine dining establishment uses local and seasonal British ingredients to create European dishes that are both innovative and modern. Chef Lee Westcott’s cooking has been described as “pure, natural and honest”.
- Have a drink in Satan’s Whiskers – This cocktail bar may look a bit run-down, but it is decorated in a smartly modish setting and has one of the best drinks lists in London.
- Go to the Spitalfields City Farm – Built on the site of a former railway goods depot, there are many rare breeds of animals for you to check out.