Places to see in London Bethnal Green
Bethnal Green Attractions
Where to begin with Bethnal Green? In recent years, this little part of London has gone from strength to strength and attracted more and more arty types from around the world, and as a result has a booming community with pop-up galleries galore. Whether it’s getting a curry on Brick Lane or dancing your feet off in one of the many prestigious nightclubs, you’ll always find something to tickle your fancy here. You’re in possibly the trendiest part of the entire planet, so making sure you’re in the coolest hotspots is the name of the game. As it’s a trendy place, these tend to differ week by week, so keep your ear to the ground!
Recommended Attraction in Bethnal Green
What to choose? There’s so much to do in this small area. There really is. So we’re going to recommend a night out. Firstly, pop to Water Poet for a meander around and a few nice beers. Then head over to Brick Lane and get yourself a curry (some of the BYOB places do the best curry, but do be careful about which you choose), then head to the junction with Bethnal Green Road for a shisha at Casa Blue. If you’ve got the energy and the funds, we recommend then heading to Big Chill for a good ol’ boogie until the wee small hours.
Alternative Bethnal Green Attractions
As we’ve pointed out, you can’t go far wrong in Bethnal Green. Up towards Liverpool Street there are some lovely Victorian back streets that make you feel like you’ve wandered into a Dickens novel, and they’re choc-a-block full of boutiques of all varieties. There are markets galore, loads of art galleries and some excellent music venues. Our best advice is to just follow your nose around the Commercial Road area and see what grabs your attention!
Attraction List in Bethnal Green
This is easily one of London’s most sought after areas, but because it’s so trendy, we’ve gone the distance to get you the best deals on budget hotels, hostels and B&Bs in the area, so with the money you save, you can have that crazy night out that you’ll be talking about for years to come. Visit our Bethnal Green hotel booking service to find out more.
When you need to relax you should head here to Bethnal Green Gardens. You can’t miss the unusual square tower of the church of St John, which was built in the 1820’s by John Soane.
Address: Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London E3
Here is Bethnal Green Tube Station which provides you with easy access to central London on the Central Line. It was used as an air raid shelter during the 2nd world war and hit the headlines in 1943 when 173 people were killed in a rush to enter the shelter.
Address: Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 0EL
The must see place in Bethnal Green is the famous Museum of Childhood which contains, amongst other toy memorabilia, a celebrated collection of doll’s houses dating back to 1673. Your children will love it here just as much as you!
Address: Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Phone: 020 8983 5200
To see just why Bethnal Green belongs on the contemporary art map you should head down Vyner Street which is lined with art galleries like this one, Wilkinson, which has exhibited the work of artists like Joan Jonas and George Shaw.
Address: 3 Vyner St, London, Greater London E2 9DG
Phone: 07970 484316
One of the art galleries worth a visit during your stay is Cell Space Project which exhibits the worth of young, emerging and undiscovered artists.
Address: 258 Cambridge Heath Rd, City of London, E2 9DA
Phone: 020 7241 3600
On Sunday’s you should walk to the fabulous explosion of colour on Columbia Road created by the flower market. You’ll find a huge selection of house plants, garden plants and trees here, as well as a brilliant range of one-off shops that line the road.
Address: Columbia Rd, London E2 7RG
To experience the cosmopolitan nature of Bethnal Green you should take a walk along Bethnal Green Road where you will find plenty of Asian designer clothes stores and the Bethnal Green Road Market.
Address: Bethnal Green Rd London E2 0AG
Phone: 020 7258 8200
Try a true slice of east End Style and go to E Pellici’s for a fry up. This classic grade II listed 50’s Italian cafe has been owned by the same family since 1900!
Address: 332 Bethnal Green Rd, London, Greater London E2 0AG
Phone: 020 7739 4873
If you fancy trying out traditional East End cuisine you should have pie, mash and jellied eels at Kelly’s, of which there are two outlets on Bethnal Green Road.
Address: 414 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 0DJ
Phone: 020 7739 3603
Any boxing fan should visit here - Repton Boys Club where Audley Harrison (who won the Gold medal for Britain in the 2000 Olympics) trained.
Address: Cheshire St, London, E2 6EH
Phone: 020 7739 3595
Probably one of the most famous addresses in Bethnal Green is 178 Vallance Road, which is where the Kray Twins lived. Although the house has long gone and been replaced by smart housing, it’s still worth retracing the footsteps of these gangsters!
Address: 178 Vallance Rd London E2 6HR
This is where you will find Bethnal Green Train Station. You can catch trains from here direct to Liverpool Street Station in central London.
Address: Three Colts Lane, Bethnal Green, London, E2 6JL
Stop for just a moment at the London Buddhist Centre, if only to admire this highly ornate building that used to be a Victorian fire station. You can go inside to see the library, bookshop and shrine rooms too.
Address: 51 Roman Rd, London, Greater London E2 0HU
Phone: 020 8981 1225
York Hall is the Mecca of British boxing. If boxing matches are taking place during your stay you could book tickets and experience one of the best known boxing venues in Britain for yourself.
Address: 5 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ
Phone: 020 8980 2243
Victoria Park boarders Bethnal Green. As it’s the 3rd largest cultivated green space in London, and one of London’s best kept secrets, you should take time to wander round the lakes, Old English Garden and deer enclosure.
Address: Grove Road, Bow, London E9 7DE
Phone: 020 8980 0030
In Victorian times, pubs on corners were all the rage and cropped up with frosted windows, wide bars and men with extravagant moustaches. The Water Poet has all of these, and customers can be assured of the hippest drink going as they quaff and eat at this popular and extremely cool Bethnal Green bar.
Address: 9-11 Folgate Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6BX
Phone: 020 7426 0495
On the corner of Bethnal Green Road and Brick Lane is Casa Blue, a loosely Moroccan-themed cocktail bar. The cocktails are broad ranging and well made and the food is in the style of posh snacks, however there are burgers and salads too.
Address: 228 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 2NP
Phone: 020 7739 3440
Commercial Road is probably the most fashionable street in London, which is to say the most fashionable street in the world. It’s long, and contains a lot of attractions, including bars, theatres, cinemas, galleries and London’s first mosque, the East London Mosque. It runs from Aldgate to East India Dock.
Address: Commercial Road, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 1RD