Area Guide

East London

Tower Hamlets Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £796.90 £929.71 £1062.53 £1195.34 £1460.97 £1726.60 £1992.24 £2390.68

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East London can be described as a colourful melting pot: from Brick Lane and its curry houses with all the spices of the East to its equally fragrant Columbia Road flower market with its exotic and home grown flowers, and scrumptious cakes. Brick Lane got its name from the local manufacture of bricks. Beer was also brewed on Brick Lane in the Truman Brewery, which was founded in 1669. The Truman Brewery can still be seen today and has become East London's revolutionary arts and media quarter. It is now home to a hive of creative businesses as well as independent shops, galleries, markets, bars and restaurants. The finely tuned mix of business and leisure has created an environment unique in London, making the Old Truman Brewery a destination in its own right. Squeezed between the City and Docklands, both Spitalfields and Whitechapel provide a lively and cosmopolitan corner of London. Commercial and residential buildings stand side by side in an area of London renowned for its wholesale rag trade and buzzing Asian community. Houses rarely come on the market and are snatched up quickly by developers in the know. Streets off the famous Brick Lane boast tall Georgian town houses and close proximity to the best curry houses in London. New developments and warehouse shells are readily available, many now being touted as live / work units.

Once a true East End haunt for gangsters, Bethnal Green has undergone a dramatic regeneration influenced by its wealthy neighbours, the City and Docklands. Many of its council blocks have been demolished to make way for new apartment blocks and an array of live / work units. Former Victorian workers cottages, now converted into attractive, cosy two and three bedroom houses, can be found in the streets between Hackney Road and Columbia Road. Houses and flats overlooking Victoria Park and the canal remain very popular.

Hackney Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £872.00 £1017.33 £1162.67 £1308.00 £1598.67 £1889.33 £2180.00 £2616.00

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East London has become somewhat of a Mecca for the young and urban, all wishing to live, work and play in London. Hackney, in particular, is a vibrant area that has seen incredible reversal of fortunes in recent decades. The new East London Line provides direct connections to the City, Docklands and West End. With school results constantly improving and with more City Academies planned, the future is bright for the next generations growing up in Hackney. There is a diverse selection of housing - Georgian terraces, modern developments, warehouse and school conversions - and an abundance of conservation areas, parks, fashionable shops, bars and restaurants. And with further Olympics-fuelled development already regenerating many areas into 2012 and beyond, Hackney’s future is looking glorious.

East London offers more affordable homes than many other areas in London, but this is only one of its many draws. It attracts all ages with its bars, restaurants and clubs of Shoreditch and Old Street to the traditional pubs of Bethnal Green. Not forgetting Victoria Park Village with its boutiques, bars, restaurants and not least Victoria Park itself. Not only a beautiful green space with an abundance of wildlife and recreational areas, but also a venue for many free and chargeable events, including Love Box, travelling circus’s and fairground attractions. Throughout the summer the park is full of sun worshippers, dog walkers and joggers. An extra treat for the eyes is the rugby training that is held there regularly. Bow is often considered one of the most attractive areas of East London, not only architecturally but due to its green spaces and wildlife. The area retains many period streets and conservation areas, including Victorian terraces and five-storey Georgian houses, as well as modern apartments and is highly accessible with unparalleled transport connections, both internally to Canary Wharf and the West End, and outwards via the Blackwall Tunnel and the M11.

As a result of lottery funding helping regenerate the local area, Mile End Park is now a glorious green corridor running southwards from Victoria Park, with an abundance of canal walkways, leafy cycle ways, and even a go-kart track and Ecology Park. All of which help place Bow at the residential forefront of East London.

Stepney Green skyline shows an array of council blocks and modern high-tech apartments sitting side-by-side in a location that offers the two extremes of East End and City life. Strangely less popular than Bow and Bethnal Green, yet a wonderful hunting ground for interesting conversions, ranging from church and school conversions to pubs and period home conversions.

East London embraces individual expression, an ethos that echoes from its creative past. This area offers property for every taste and pocket from tiny studios to three-storey Victorian houses. It casts a net of wide appeal, from the families and students to the artisans and professionals, it offers something for everyone and with the extension of the East London Line, the area’s popularity has heightened in line with its accessibility.

There are a variety of markets to delight every type of shopper: from Columbia Road flower market and it’s once old warehouse buildings which surround the street, having now been converted into shops, restaurants and modern style apartments, to Broadway Market, one of the original chartered open markets in London. Broadway Market has undergone a major re-vamp and is an up and coming area with its many bars and restaurants giving the area a real buzz.

Newham Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £836.97 £976.46 £1115.96 £1255.45 £1534.44 £1813.43 £2092.42 £2510.90

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East London’s greatest success story has to be Stratford, the location for the Olympics 2012. What was once a forgotten and slightly unkempt part of London is now a hive of activity and redevelopment in preparation of this highly anticipated event. From the stadium to the masses of new buildings both residential and commercial, Stratford has been developed into a far superior version of its former self. Not to mention Westfield Stratford City which will be Europe’s largest shopping centre at 1.9 million sq ft, once it opens in September 2011. It will provide over 25,000 jobs in its construction and over 18,000 permanent jobs when the full scheme is complete. As well as retail, Stratford City will provide 58 trains per hour connecting central London. Stratford station is forecasted to be one of the busiest in London post-launch. Boasting picturesque parks and waterways, terrace after terrace of elegant Victorian houses, and some state-of-the-art modern developments, Stratford has plenty to offer its residents. With the massive regeneration and investment prompted by the upcoming Olympic Games together with Europe's largest urban retail centre, Stratford is finally beginning to hit the spotlight and fulfil its true potential.

Redbridge Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £936.90 £1093.05 £1249.20 £1405.35 £1717.65 £2029.95 £2342.25 £2810.70

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South Woodford and Wanstead are highly desirable London suburbs that manage to retain every bit of the elegant charm of their Essex neighbours whilst still being close enough to London to enjoy both City and West End life with superb travel links via Central Line tube stations and the nearby M11 and North Circular Road providing fast road links. You can enjoy a walk in the park or forest, a glass of wine in one of the many bars and restaurants, a visit to the multi-screen cinema and, for those who enjoy shopping, you will find many exclusive boutiques and High Street names aplenty including Marks & Spencers and Waitrose in South Woodford. Wanstead High Street is just as well known and popular with its many independent retailers, fine restaurants and cafes attracting shoppers from a wide area. Famous public houses include The George, The Cuckfield and Russells.

Waltham Forest Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £974.69 £1137.13 £1299.58 £1462.03 £1786.93 £2111.82 £2436.72 £2924.06

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Chingford has Epping Forest and all its natural beauty right on its doorstep. North Chingford, in particular, is becoming ever more popular with its picturesque walks, cycling, horse riding, friendly local restaurants, boutiques, coffee houses and shops, all adding to its overall charm. London is a only a convenient journey away for those commuters, shoppers or theatre lovers, approx half an hour on Chingford’s overhead line.

Walthamstow and Leyton are ideally located within reach of five train stations and easy access to the M11/M25, A406 and Epping Forest. The quaint and historic Walthamstow Village is very popular with tourists and locals alike with its true village atmosphere, independent traders, restaurants and friendly public houses. Walthamstow offers a wide spectrum of properties to suit both first time buyers and families, and has a wealth of primary, junior and senior schools. For those that like to shop, there is the Longest Street Market in Europe (over 400 stalls) and for the label lover there is Selbourne Walk Shopping Mall. For those that appreciate art and nature, there is the William Morris Gallery and the Nature Reserve, located by the River Lea which joins the River Thames five miles away.

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The Docklands

Tower Hamlets Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £796.90 £929.71 £1062.53 £1195.34 £1460.97 £1726.60 £1992.24 £2390.68

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The Docklands stretches across eight and a half square miles of the riverside parts of Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Newham. In comparison to the City, Canary Wharf has a relatively small working population of 90,000. However, with over 200 shops, bars and restaurants, the Wharf comes alive during the evening and weekend with over half of Canary Wharf’s weekend visitors being non-residents, due to the high calibre of amenities available. Whilst the residential accommodation in and around Canary Wharf is predominantly studios, one and two bedroom serviced apartments, there are still the penthouses, and the town houses of the Isle of Dogs offering three bedroom accommodation. The Isle of Dogs became notable in its own right when it was used as the main location for the film 28 Weeks Later, however, with its man-made beach, the Docklands sailing and water sports centre and its far more affordable housing than its more expensive neighbour Canary Wharf, it is a location to be well considered when moving to the Docklands. To really appreciate the history of the area, you cannot ignore the quaint Victorian cottages hidden amongst the new builds and the warehouse conversions or early Georgian terraces of Narrow Street and Wapping. Narrow Street, as it is appropriately named, is a narrow street running parallel to the River Thames through the Limehouse area of East London. The Limehouse basin provides a link between the Regents Canal and the River Thames. The basin is situated between the Docklands Light Railway and Narrow Street.

ExCeL London, the international exhibition and conference centre, is the host venue for a variety of events from award winning exhibitions and conferences to international association meetings, product launches, banquets, award ceremonies, sporting events and great days out. Situated in a stunning waterfront location, ExCeL London is located in the heart of London's Royal Docks, within easy reach of central London. The venue is part of a 100 acre campus, including 3 onsite DLR stations, easy access to the Jubilee Line and London City Airport, parking for 4,000 cars, 5 on-site hotels and numerous on-site bars and restaurants as well as an abundance of modern river side apartments offering high end accommodation at far more affordable prices than nearby Canary Wharf. The Royal Docks comprise of three docks - the Royal Albert Dock, the Royal Victoria Dock and the King George V Dock, built between 1880 and 1921 on riverside marshes in the London Borough of Newham. The area has benefited from massive regeneration including City Airport, which was constructed in 1986, and with numerous dockside residential and office developments already built and under construction, the future looks bright for the area. The Docklands is an area that provides a wide variety and price range of properties, with many offering stunning river views, great transport links and amenities aplenty on their doorstep.

The other major financial district in London is The City, which is located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the west.

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The City

City of London Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £626.12 £730.48 £834.82 £939.18 £1147.88 £1356.60 £1565.30 £1878.36

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The "City" of London, or the square mile as it is often referred to, as it is just over one square mile (1.12 sq mi/2.90 km2) in area, is today a major business and financial centre, ranking on a par with New York City as a leading centre of global finance. Its responsibilities extend far beyond the City boundaries as it provides a host of additional facilities for the benefit of residents and visitors. These range from open spaces such as Epping Forest and Hampstead Heath to the famous Barbican Arts Centre. With a relatively small residential population of 10,000 in comparison to a working population of over 300,000, it can be argued that the City caters more for the city worker than the resident. With a number of retail outlets not opening at the weekend, it can sometimes seem like a ghost town, prompting many to head to the West End or to Canary Wharf to spend their money. The vast majority of dwellings are studios or one bedroom apartments within serviced blocks, often providing their tenants with gyms and communal gardens, creating little pockets of nature throughout the urban centre.

Clerkenwell and Finsbury were transformed from a derelict mass of warehouses and industrial buildings vacated by a printing trade relocating to Docklands in the 1980s, into fashionable loft-living dwellings, becoming a Mecca for the wealthy single professional. Fine Georgian terraces can still be found between St. John Street and Farringdon Road but, as a whole, the area is certainly less residential than either Canonbury or Barnsbury. Warehouses and lofts are focused around the main roads including St. John Street and Clerkenwell Road providing spacious conversions, which have proved to be a huge success among city workers. Smaller flats and studios are rare here, although there are still many new developments on the way aimed to cater for those with more modest budgets.

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Redbridge Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £936.90 £1093.05 £1249.20 £1405.35 £1717.65 £2029.95 £2342.25 £2810.70

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The London Borough of Redbridge is home to many of East London's wealthier residents. Excellent transport links, decent schools, a good supply of wealthy suburbs and a location fringing the green belt and open spaces of Epping Forest prove an attractive draw. Overall, the borough offers pleasant, quiet suburban living. Redbridge stretches from the Victorian and Edwardian terraces of Ilford, Goodmayes and Seven Kings to the wealthy, detached homes of Woodford, fringing the borders of the Epping Forest with Hainault offering more affordable property with a large percentage being council built.

Woodford boasts a good stock of larger Edwardian family homes, many detached, and a number of Victorian cottages surrounding Woodford Green. Prices are relative to the beautiful surroundings, outstanding schools and abundance of amenities. The area mainly attracts families as well as professionals and city workers due to the effortless commute via the Central Line station and A12, A13, M11 AND M25 roads, and the selection of new build and converted apartments available in the area.

Goodmayes and Seven Kings are not just another Victorian railway suburb packed with regimented roads of small Victorian and Edwardian terraces. Seven Kings offers smaller properties than those to be found in Goodmayes. Larger Edwardian houses and bungalows are predominate in the roads south of Green Lane. Both areas offer a more aesthetically pleasing alternative to the large Becontree Council estate that dominates to the east of Goodmayes Park and provide more affordable options to some of the surrounding areas.

Gants Hill offers a thoroughly suburban collection of mid-war semis set to the east of Wanstead Park, and is home to one of London's largest and most established Jewish communities giving the area a family air to it. The area benefits from: a Central Line station and easy access to the A12 and A13 for those that need to commute; Valentines Park and its many events; and Ilford Shopping centre for all those that want the high street names as well as the stand alone shops, restaurants and bars of Gants Hill.

Clayhall also has a strong Jewish community and has a family atmosphere. It is a far more residential area and boasts the larger, more expensive homes and many very good local schools. In particular, the roads off Longwood Gardens provide the area’s most sought after homes.

Epping Forest Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
Buckhurst Hill £1002.21 £1169.24 £1336.28 £1503.21 £1837.38 £2171.45 £2505.52 £3006.62
Chigwell £979.81 £1143.12 £1306.42 £1469.72 £1796.32 £2122.93 £2449.53 £2939.44
Epping Town £1010.43 £1178.83 £1347.24 £1515.64 £1852.45 £2189.26 £2526.07 £3031.28
Epping Uplands £974.64 £1137.80 £1229.52 £1461.96 £1786.84 £2111.72 £2436.60 £2923.92
High Ongar £975.13 £1137.65 £1300.17 £2112.77 £1462.69 £1787.73 £2437.82 £2925.38
Loughton Town £988.83 £1153.63 £1318.44 £1483.24 £1812.85 £2142.46 £2472.07 £2966.48
Ongar Town £1001.80 £1168.77 £1335.73 £1502.70 £1836.63 £2170.57 £2504.50 £3005.40

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*Please refer to Epping Forest Council website for towns not listed.

Buckhurst Hill is located within easy reach of Epping Forest and is on the Central Line for those commuting to the City and the West End. Although a semi-rural location and whilst still retaining a village atmosphere, the area provides a wide variety of pubs, restaurants, boutiques and a Waitrose for the more discerning food shopper. The surrounding roads have properties suitable for first-time buyers as well as charming cottages and more substantial family homes. Benefitting from the surrounding Roding Valley Meadows which provide recreation for walkers as well as sports and fishing enthusiasts.

'Chigwell, my dear fellow, is the finest place in the world' Charles Dickens, 1812-1870

Need I say more? Okay if I must - although only located approximately 11 miles north east of London, Chigwell Village could not feel further removed, with its many stand alone boutiques, restaurants, shops and pubs, it offers a true village atmosphere with the convenience of  Central Line access to London. Add to this exceptional private and public schools, and it is easy to see how remarkably well Chigwell provides for its residents, regardless of their age.

Loughton is a delightful town with many draws, surrounded by Epping Forest, Roding Valley Meadows and having outstanding junior and secondary schools. It also has a wide choice of supermarkets, including Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer, clothes boutiques, many church denominations, synagogue, bars, restaurants and gastro-pubs. It is ideally placed for access to the City via the Central Line, the Docklands via the M11 and the rest of the country, as the M25 and Stansted Airport are only a few miles away. Loughton is a leading example of how Essex offers the best of both worlds - city life and rural retreat.

Barking and Dagenham Council Tax bands and charges

Band Band A up to £40,000 Band B Over £40,000 up to £52,000 Band C Over £52,000 up to £68,000 Band D Over £68,000 up to £88,000 Band E Over £88,000 up to £120,000 Band F Over £120,000 up to £160,000 Band G Over £160,000 up to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
  £884.00 £1031.33 £1178.67 £1326.00 £1620.67 £1915.33 £2210.00 £2652.00

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