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!
PARKS & GREENERY
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.
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.
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.
PUBS & BARS
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.
Saravanaa Bhavan, 300 High St N, E12
Tried & tested South Indian Veggie restaurant – great value, very traditional and exceptionally tasty food.
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.
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.
Ananthapuram, 241 High St N, E12
Another great South Indian curry house that would give Brick Lane a run for its money.
Udaya, Katherine Road, E6
South Indian Keralan seafood restaurant recommended to us by one of our readers.
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).
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.
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.
Compotes, Woodgrange Road, E7
Another Forest Great coffee shop and bakery. They don’t seem to have a website though.
YOGA & FITNESS
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.
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.
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.