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Traditionally an Agrarian hamlet (anyone?), Bethnal Green has been recognised as part of urban greater London since 1965. Forming parts of both Tower Hamlets and Hackney, the area has a diverse population of over 25,000.
Bethnal Green was initially one of the pioneers of the silk-weaving trade of the 18th Century – forming around the junction of Roman Road, Cambridge Heath Road and Bethnal Green Road.
Although undergoing significant regeneration over the last decade, the area affectionately known as ‘Beffnal’, has not forgotten its roots. Well-worn sayings such as ‘diamond in the rough’ and ‘unpolished gem’ come to mind when exploring this piece of East London.
“New apartment blocks are an ideal residency option for local students, whilst a number of Grade II listed 2 and 3 bedroom houses are being snapped up by commuters looking for a better quality of property”
The cobbled streets of Bethnal Green are complimented effectively by the mix of pubs and restaurants around Globe Road. Furthermore, the varied shopping areas of Roman Road and Bethnal Green Road mean residents don’t have to stray far from the E2 postcode.
The range of property in the area has attracted many young families and creative professionals. There is something for all budgets in Bethnal Green from flats and apartments to terraces and house shares. New apartment blocks are an ideal residency option for local students, whilst a number of Grade II listed 2 and 3 bedroom houses are being snapped up by commuters looking for a better quality of property.
Secondary: Bethnal Green Academy
On seeing the name E Pellicci many customers could be forgiven for thinking they were entering a ramshackle Italian Deli, in fact they are crossing the threshold into a Great British Café. Serving quality and traditional greasy spoon fare, E Pellicci is Grade II listed with an unbeatable atmosphere. Found just around the corner from the London College of Fashion, The Book Club is more than its name suggests. Visitors are treated to ping pong, pool and board games as well as the traditional bar service.
The Museum of Childhood provides a fantastic opportunity to relive one’s younger days. Situated in Bethnal Green Houses, the museum has a selection of collections including children’s clothes and toys from across the ages and is thoroughly interesting for both adults and children.
Bethnal Green is very well connected with its own tube station on the Central Line. As well as being in close proximity to Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green and Cambridge Heath Railway Stations also offer National Rail options. .