We haven’t found time to try EVERYTHING yet but recommendations from our readers are coming in thick and fast…

Just in case you want to roll your sleeves up and do some exploring yourselves, here are all the other local activities and groups and hubs that we know of nearby… Don’t forget to tell us all about it if you find something awesome!


Central Park, High Street South, E6
The main park in East Ham has a bowls green, playground, cafe and nature reserve. This Park is the venue for the Mayor’s Festival each summer.


Newham City Farm, King George Ave, E16
One of London’s largest city farms. Here you can see all your farmyard favourites and contribute to the community.

East Ham Nature Reserve, Norman Road, E6
Beautiful Nature reserve, historic church and churchyard which runs ‘Green Gym’ sessions every Wednesday.

Plashet Park, Plashet Grove, E6
Another green space in East Ham (close to Forest Gate). Recently undergone a million pound facelift and has a bowling green, tennis court and a lovely Cafe run by The Larder.

Brampton Park, Masterman Road, E6
Small but beautiful park near Brampton Primary with a great play area, paddling pool and outdoor gym.

Epping Forest
Ancient historical and beautiful woodland and green space, within cycling distance of E6. Great for exploring, you almost can’t believe it is in London.

West Ham Park
Largest Park in Newham, and funded by the City of London. It has a Green Flag and a wild flower garden as well as epic kids playground. One of the few green spaces in Newham with an Instagram account.


The Red Lion, E6 (Formerly The Hammers) 
Newly opened Gastro Pub near Central Park, East Ham.  Serves Sourdough Pizza and craft beer. Read about them here.


The Denmark Arms

Newly opened Antic pub on East Ham High Street. Beautiful old building that serves great beer and good food. Child Friendly.

Forest Tavern, Forest Lane, E7
Antic Gastro Pub in Forest Gate with fussball table, and games available. Holds a Vinyl fair once a month.

Roof East, Great Eastern Way, E15 
An amazing car park roof top come bar come cinema come community space in Stratford

Golden Fleece, Capel Road, E12
Newly refurb’d pub in Manor Park

Black Lion, Plaistow Road, E13
CAMRA pub in Plaistow, serving a range of ales and classic pub grub.

The Boleyn, 1 Barking Road

Beautiful building, worth checking out. Largely, a football pub but holds quiz nights, and karaoke once per month. Timothy Tailor is on draft occasionally.


Urban Chocolatier, Green Street, Upton Park, E7
Artisan dessert Lounge and ice cream parlour on green street.

Rustix Gourmet, 252 Barking Road, E6

Newly opened and delicious Halal burger joint, which offers american themed food. No Booze, and very meaty – this one is not for veggies!


Ginny’s Pie & Mash, 538 Barking Road, E13

Traditional Pie & Mash eatery on Barking Road, if you are new to the East End, it is a must try.

Read our review here

Saravanaa Bhavan, 300 High St N, E12

Tried & tested South Indian Veggie restaurant – great value, very traditional and exceptionally tasty food.

Read our review here

Tippy’s Cafe, Barking Road, E6
Delicious Thai and English Cafe on Barking Road with a calm and comfortable vibe.

Minh’s Vietnamese, 390 Barking Road, E13
Yummy Vietnamese restaurant and takeaway on Barking Road.

Read our review here

Chennai Dosa, 177 High Street N, E6.

Cheap and cheerful South Indian food joint which is both tasty and budget friendly. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Read our review

Ananthapuram, 241 High St N, E12

Another great South Indian curry house that would give Brick Lane a run for its money.

Read our review here

Udaya, Katherine Road, E6
South Indian Keralan seafood restaurant recommended to us by one of our readers.
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Vijay’s Chaiwalla, 270 Green St, E7

Renowned dosa house on Green Street. Get there early or be prepared to queue.


Cristina’s Steak, 8-10 North St, Barking

Amazing and unassuming steak house in Barking (just 10 mins drive for East Hammers).

Read our review here

Parkside Cafe, 127 High St South, East Ham

A traditional East end cafe who serve a solid cuppa, a classic bacon sarnie and a serious full english.

Read our review here


Red Door Studio’s Pop Up Cafe

Pop up cafe on some Saturdays and  Sundays. Always check the facebook page before you go, as it is not open every weekend. They serve great toasties, and home made cakes, in an arty setting.


Bread Club @ Central Park Cafe

Run by local Chef Sophie Downer Hill, this awesome little cafe serves great cafe, home baked Sour Dough and vegan cakes. It’s a winner.

Find them on facebook here

Compotes, Woodgrange Road, E7
Another Forest Great coffee shop and bakery. They don’t seem to have a website though.
Twitter feed

AppleCart Cafe, 170 Harold Rd, E13

Arty cafe and space for hire in the old Harold Rd Community Centre. They do great tea, cake and light lunches.

Read our review here

The Ernstwhile Parrot, Green Street, E13

Cool new cafe, serving light lunches and cakes from local stockists.

Read our review here


SpaceEAST, Arch 439 Cranmer Road, Forest Gate, E7

An E7 based collective of Yogi’s offering classes around Newham, who have a serene studio under the arches in Forest Gate

YogaRise @Roof East, E15
Weekly outdoor Yoga classes run by YogaRise, of Peckham fame and held at Roof East, Stratford from May 1st – 30th Sept.

Indiri Yoga

Low cost Kundilini Yoga run at local community centres from East Ham to Beckton. Check the website for more details.


Gate7 Yoga, E7
Yogi from Forest Great, who practices at Forest Tavern, amongst other venues.

Cryn Yoga, E13

Independant Yoga teacher who teaches small classes 3 times a week.


East End Road Runners

A local running club suitable for all ages and levels. We tell you all about it here…

Yoga with Sarah, Brampton Primary School

Indie yoga teacher based in East Ham South. Classes are Saturday morning 9-10am, £5. Held in Brampton Primary School.

Find out more on her facebook page

Bathhouse, Barking Learning Centre (BLC), Town Square, IG11
Spa and treatment rooms that hold Yoga classes. Bath House Barking started as an olympic games pop up and is now located at BLC.


Robs Bikes, E6
A local bike fixing man, who will come to your house if you need him to.


Greatfield Residents Association
East Ham South’s Residents association. These guys are seriously in the know, put on events and markets, write a local blog. Check them out.

The East Hammer
A cheeky little website that finds the funny side of East Hams underbelly.

East Edge Magazine
A quarterly magazine dedicated to far flung reaches of East London. A local must read.

Love Newham app
An app created by the council to help you keep your neighbourhood tidy and easily report fly tipping in your area.
More Info.


  • Reply Brian Thomson February 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Thanks for your website, a great resource for us ‘eastenders’ . It’s great to find out about local places and events you might otherwise be unaware of. May l bring to your notice a great Cafe/Bar in Abbey Road, Barking which deserves further attention. It’s called ‘The Boathouse’, an apt name as it is located beside the River Roding , site of Barking’s Fishing history. The Boathouse offers a range of locally sourced food and drinks served by friendly and welcoming staff in a relaxed and informal atmosphere ideal for people from all walks of life. The riverside terrace offers the opportunity for al fresco enjoyment in milder weather. Seek it out. It’s well worth it.

    • Reply East Blam February 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks! We have just been and it was lovely! you can have a read all about it now on the blog as we have posted up the pictures. 🙂 Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Vicky Grainger November 18, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Can I give a shout for The Friendly Cafe on the Barking Rd corner of Hall Rd.
    Friendly, welcoming, comfortable spotless and great food.
    Handy if leaving the leisure centre and craving sustenance.

  • Reply Emily Harrington February 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Love this site, thanks so much – I’ll be keeping an eye out in my local area of Plaistow and be trying out a lot of the places you recommend 🙂

  • Reply Neal June 30, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Superb website!! Thank you! Excellent listings and will get even better with time…

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