East London is known for its creative scene and there is plenty to see and do for young families and professionals alike.East London is also home to some of the Capital’s best museums, green spaces, and restaurants. Thankfully it is substantially more affordable to live in than Central London, giving buyers plenty of options when it comes to finding a home. We’re taking a look at some of the best places to live in East London.


Located two-and-a-half miles north of the City of London, within the London Borough of Hackney, Shoreditch enjoys excellent transport links. The area has grown in popularity in recent years and boasts a competitive property market for renters and buyers alike. It attracts young bohemians and families, due to the eclectic mix of trendy cafés, boutiques, pop-up food traders, and the hip Brick Lane market, known for its diverse and bustling vibe. Families are also drawn here by the ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ Ofsted-rated primary and secondary schools. Shoreditch’s open green space, Shoreditch park, offers excellent sports facilities and a children’s play area.

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Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green is a wonderfully vibrant place to live.  Located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Bethnal Green benefits from its close proximity to central London made possible with excellent underground and overground transport links. This affordable area is steeped in culture and represents the archetypal East London neighbourhoods, with a great nightlife scene and selection of restaurants. Bethnal Green is also home to London’s first cat café, if pampering your feline friends appeals to you! Those seeking a quieter atmosphere and a leafy retreat can head to Weavers Field and Bethnal Green Garden. Families are drawn to the area by the decent number of Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ primary and secondary schools.

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A relaxed, urban residential district set in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, Walthamstow benefits from countless parks, including the stunning Epping Forest. Walthamstow has great transport links too, with access to the overground and underground attracting young professionals seeking the convenience. The area has an overall bohemian feel and hosts Europe’s longest outdoor street market at 1km long. Art is an important part of daily life in Walthamstow and is home to the William Morris Gallery. Housing is mainly Edwardian and Victorian properties that attract young families seeking homes with gardens and excellent schools, as the older generations are retiring and moving out to Essex.

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Stratford is a great choice for young professionals and families, thanks to its perfect blend of entertainment, affordable housing, and green spaces. Recent years have seen significant regeneration and an increase in housing development, which is ideal for renters and buyers seeking an up-and-coming area. Stratford’s legacy includes being home to the 2012 London Olympics (Queen Elizabeth Park) and Westfield Centre, the largest shopping mall in Europe. The latter is ideal for a spot of retail therapy and shoppers can find hundreds of exciting brands to choose from.

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Hackney is one of East London’s most recently regenerated areas and has become synonymous with a vibrant and bohemian culture. Hackney is becoming increasingly popular with buyers and renters, thanks to its mix of housing styles and excellent transport links to Central London and beyond. The area is situated perfectly, offering the best of London life, with fashionable bars, restaurants, and an electric nightlife. It is home to the iconic Hackney Empire theatre too. Hackney benefits from a diverse community and top education options, with popular and sought-after schools available. Green space is well catered for as well with Victoria Park – London’s oldest purpose-build public parks and one of its finest too.

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How can OneDome help me move to East London?

We are the UK’s first homebuying website capable of connecting everything you need to buy or sell property. You can find your dream home in East London, get a mortgage, and complete all the legal stuff. By legal stuff we mean conveyancing, which is the necessary legal process of transferring a home from one owner to another. We help to make this as simple as possible with our online conveyancing platform. Using the platform, everyone involved in the conveyancing process can track the progress in real time which, in turn, speeds up the process. This allows you and your estate agent to complete the sale quicker than traditional methods.

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