10 Places To Visit In East London For An Amusing Vacation!
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Tourist Attractions To Visit In East London

1. Columbia Road Flower Market
2. Victoria Park
3. Whitechapel Gallery
4. Old Royal Naval College
5. Shoreditch
6. Museum of London Docklands
7. Emirates Air Line and the O2
8. Dennis Severs' House
9. 
Brick Lane area
10. ArcelorMittal Orbit

Historically known as a center of hustle for the working class, pollution, and blitz; today tourists find plenty of attractions, entertainment venues and places in East London to discover. The eastern part of London offers its visitors, with amazing scenery, adult ball pits, ping pong bars and cosmopolitan cafes, for them to enjoy to the fullest.

From Canary Wharf to the O2 Arena, tourists attractions in East London cover a long list for visitors to explore upon their visit. The region is also home to some of the many amazing museums and galleries that London is known for. Nestled in its pristine backdrop is the vibrant Columbia Road Flower Market, serving a fresh start to every week. Kids and adults will have a lovely time at Victoria Park, also known as the 'Lung of East London'. For gaming enthusiasts, Draughts has the perfect number of board games to immerse themselves in for a delightful eve. 

Here are some of the best places to visit in East London:

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01

ArcelorMittal Orbit

  • A unique architectural feat standing tall at 376ft within the Olympic Park, with two spectacular viewing platforms and a long tunnel slide. 
  • The view from the vantage points of the structure is phenomenal as one can see The Shard, St. Paul's and other amazing scenery. 
  • The viewing platforms also have digital telescopes so visitors can take a close look of the different historical structures. 
  • Taking a plunge into the tunnel slide is the highlight of the structure, as the slide extends from the top of the structure to the ground. 
  • Strategically placed windows along the slide, enhance the artistic experience, if the visitors can keep their eyes open during the thrilling slide. 
Location: 5 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2AD

Timings
: Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm

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02

Columbia Road Flower Market

  • One of the most vibrant and colorful places to visit in East London, Columbia Road Flower Market is open only on Sunday. 
  • The bustling market has vendors selling fresh cut flowers, plants and vintage artifacts for visitors to explore and shop. 
  • The narrow street is bustling with locals and tourists exploring the stalls for herbs, shrubs, flowering plants, and bulbs. 
  • Visitors can explore the side lanes behind the stalls for cafes, restaurants etc. after they have finished shopping for the flowers. 
  • Visiting early in the morning at opening time is the best way to shop if you are looking to explore the market in a less crowded time. 
Location: Columbia Rd, London, E2 7RG

Timings
: Sunday 8 AM - 3 PM

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03

Victoria Park

  • One of the most popular places in East London, the Victoria Park is known as the people's park due to its frequency of visitors. 
  • It's one of the best places to visit during Summers because of the festivals like Field day and Lovebox. 
  • Visitors love exploring the original work of  famous architect Sir James Pennethorne, who landscaped a few parts of the park. 
  • In autumn the highlights of the park include epic firework displays, and strolls amidst the beautiful scenery. 
  • Kids will find plenty of things to do, with various swings, slides and the amazing Pools Playground designed specially for their creative interactive experience. 
  • Among other highlights of the park are the Dogs of Alcibiades statues, Burdett-Coutts Fountain and two stone alcoves belonging to the original London Bridge.
Location: Victoria Park Rd, London, E3 5SN

Timings
: 7 AM - 9 PM (Monday - Sunday)

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04

Museum Of London Docklands

  • Nestled in a 200 year old warehouse, the museum houses a rich collection of history of the Thames and people who lived alongside it. 
  • Learn about the history and culture of the area, from the early Roman Times to the recent development of Canary Wharf. 
  • Various historic photograph exhibits from the war time periods reflect on the importance of the port, making the museum an important part of historical tourist attractions in East London. 
  • Visitors will find on display source material from Metropolitan Fire Brigade footage, Port of London Authority Archive, etc. 

Location: No.1 Warehouse, Hertsmere Rd, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL

Timings
: 10 AM - 6 PM

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05

Whitechapel Gallery

  • One of the first art galleries to be opened to the public, the Whitechapel Gallery is a must visit among tourists attractions in East London for art enthusiasts. 
  • The gallery exhibits focus on up and coming artists as much as it does on preserving art. Explore the various temporary exhibits of newcomers and new age artists. 
  • Spot the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, a place where the Big Ben and Liberty Bell were crafted. 
  • Visitors can also enjoy the many free art exhibits, displaying the work of the past ages and artists. 
Location: 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, United Kingdom

Timings
: 11 AM - 6 PM

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06

Old Royal Naval College

  • One of the most scenic places to visit in East London, the Old Royal Navy College is nestled right on the Thames. 
  • The painted hall of the college is the highlight, a beautiful masterpiece which looks a lot like London's Sistine Chapel. 
  • Visitors should also spot the underground skittles alley that is hidden by themselves beneath the stunning structure. 
  • The Queen's House is nearby, and visitors should definitely include it in their itinerary when visiting the college. 
  • Take a stroll or relax at Greenwich Park after the tour of the College structure. 

Location: King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, United Kingdom

Timings
: 10 AM - 5 PM

Entry Fee
: Adults (above 16)- £12.50

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07

Shoreditch

  • Shoreditch is a fun and artsy place to go in East London, nestled just north of the Liverpool Street Station. 
  • Shop around the local stalls and fashion boutique spots at the Spitalfields Market.  
  • Grab a bite or an entire order of fish chips from the popular eatery Poppies. 
  • Visitors will love exploring the unique shopping elements - Shoreditch Boxpark, that line the streets in the area. 
  • Explore the amazing bars and speakeasies that are brimming with vibrant ambiance, music and amazing drinks. 
Location: Shoreditch, London Borough of Hackney, London

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08

Emirates Air Line And The O2

  • The Emirates Air Line is London's only cable car line, and it takes you across the Thames in around 10 minutes. 
  • The Cable Car Line is a must visit place in East London for thrill seekers as they will enjoy the adrenaline rush and view from top, while gliding over the Thames. 
  • The O2 is connected to the cable car line, a destination suited to visitors who are looking for entertainment, music, shopping - all at one place. 
  • Shop at the Icon Outlet or if lucky, guests will be able to enjoy a concert at the O2. 
  • Adventure seekers can even enjoy scaling the roof of the Dome with the activity - Up at the O2. 
Location: The? O2, Peninsula Square, London

Timings
: 10 AM - 10 PM

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09

Dennis Severs' House

  • One of the most unique places in East London, the Dennis Severs' House is a time capsule experience that teaches visitors about history in a theatrical experience. 
  • Visitors will love exploring the different rooms of the house, each one a still life scene telling the tale of an 18th century silk weavers house. 
  • The Severs' House is a unique experience among the places to visit in East London, specially for history and art enthusiasts who will love the detailed exhibit that is woven like a story around the house. 
  • Guests will find half eaten dinner, chamber pots that need emptying, a crackling fire and much more without a single person living in that house. 
Location: 18, Folgate St, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BX

Timings
: Thursday- 6pm- 9.30pm
                Friday- 5pm- 9pm
                Saturday- 12pm- 9.30pm
                Sunday- 12pm- 4pm

Entry Fee
: Adult: £15
                  Children/ Adults above 65/ Disabled People: £10

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10

Brick Lane area

  • Bustling with modern age cafes, thrift shops, vintage artifact shops, pubs and bars, Brick Lane is the vibrant soul among places to go in East London. 
  • Visitors will find plenty of vintage collectables, art and clothing at the Brick Lane Market on Sundays. 
  • One of the best places in East London for thrift shopping is Beyond Retro, nestled in the heart of the Brick Lane area. 
  • Upmarket is one of the restaurants where visitors will find lip smacking flavors of local food and a vibrant ambiance. 
  • Thursday visits will give the tourist and visitors a chance to explore the Vintage Market, as this is open only once a week. 
Location: Brick Lane area, London borough of Tower Hamlets, London

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People Also Ask About London

  1. What are the fun activities to do in East London?

    Explore the Brick Lane area: The Brick Lane area is the best spot to visit in East London for a delicious lunch and vintage shopping. From local thrift shops like Beyond Retro to local food stalls at Upmarket, Brick Lane is always bustling with trends and flavors.

    Visit the museum of London Docklands
    : Among all the free tourists attractions in East London for visitors to explore, this museum is nestled in a 200 year old warehouse. The museum has exhibits on the history of the Thames river, and life around it in the neighborhood, such as the blitz, slavery and the empire. 

    Take a tour of Denis Severs' House
    : This important piece of history is one of the most unique and exquisitely beautiful destinations in your East London tour. The house speaks about the life of a 18th century silk weavers family and each room is arranged in a way as if time stands still in the house. 

    Stroll around the Columbia Road Flower Market
    : Filled up to the brim with vibrant flowers and soothing fragrance, the flower market breathes life into the weekend at East London. The vendors are selling freshly-cut flowers, plants and vintage items for visitors to take back home with them.

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  2. Which are the best places to visit in Central London?

    London Eye: The iconic ferris wheel is among the most visited places in Central London. The ride lasts for about 30 minutes and at its peak of 443ft, visitors can witness a stunning 360 degree view of the whole city. 
    National Gallery Museum: Housing a complete collection of European paintings from the year 1260 to 1920, the National Gallery Museum is a haven for art enthusiasts. The Museum has the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Money and Van Gogh. Best Offer on London Eye Tickets 

    Buckingham Palace
    : The Queens office and residence is open to visitors for exploring a few of the state rooms. Periodic tours in the summer and November, December are a highlight in Central London tourism. In addition, visitors can witness the ‘Changing of Guards’ every day for free outside Buckingham Palace. Click Here To Book Buckingham Palace Tickets Now!

    The British Museum
    : One of the most extensive collections of human history and culture is nestled within the walls of the exquisite museum. Housing around 13 million artifacts of different periods and civilizations, this place is a dream for history and art buffs.

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  3. What are the best restaurants to eat in East London?

    Arepa & Co: Nestled amidst the bustling crowds of Paradise row on the Bethnal Green, Arepa & Co is a Venezuelan eatery that serves the authentic flavors and dishes of Venezuela. Their menu includes a variety of pancakes, rice bowls and arepas for guests to savor.

    Kenza Restaurant And Lounge
    : Blending together the East London Luxury and the Middle Eastern Palette, Kenza serves a delectable menu. The restaurant has a casual lounging ambiance and contemporary Lebanese flavors on its menu. The place looks something like a modern day Liverpool cafe, as every corner is blissfully touched with Moroccan elements. 

    Market Halls
    : Market Halls has unlimited options to choose from to satiate your hunger. They have the most scrumptious selection of tacos, sushi, fried chicken and dumplings. The drinks menu includes beer, wine and brilliantly crafted cocktails, which you can use to tip back too. 

    The Gable
    : Among the popular places in East London, The Gable shines with its stylish after hour drinking and a vibrant ambiance. The venue has 2 different vibes, a sophisticated restaurant on the group floor and a bustling bar in the basement.

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  4. What is special about East London?

    East London has a unique character of old cultural heritage blissfully blended with the new age cosmopolitan lifestyle. No two streets are the same in this area of London, and each destination has a unique experience for the visitors. With so many places in East London for tourists to explore, it is a cultural melting point with a diverse range of activities to enjoy. Visitors can enjoy the sporting events held at the Olympic Park or explore the exhibits in galleries in Hoxton.
  5. How can I spend a day in East London?

    East London has plenty of historical museums, galleries and then some more. Begin your day in East London by visiting historical sites like Museum of London Docklands or V&A museum of childhood. Next you can enjoy a session at the Olympic Park before continuing your tour to the ArcelorMittal Orbit. As the day ends, spend your evening exploring the restaurants and bars, such as the Market Halls at Canary Wharf.
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03 February 2020
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Not an experience that you get to have every day. From all the places I visited in London on my tour, this had a distinct feel to it. I didn't expect a lot of tourists there but to my surprise, I found there was a great line for ticket booking. The entire museum had a very offbeat feel to it. It really made me feel like I was in a war room preparing for some kind of a battle.
18 November 2019
Excellent
Even though the building looks a little ancient the overall feel of the place is very futuristic. It is not something that we get to see everyday. The kids are also going to love it. A good place to learn and have some fun! Must visit.
09 January 2020
Excellent
Always wonder where the word GMT came from. Haha! My trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich was extraordinary. I got to discover a lot and it was an insightful tour. The tickets I got were from Thrillophilia. I did a lot of cool stuff like standing right on the meridian line and also took a lot of photos with my friends. Overall, a blissful experience providing a rich learning opportunity to people like me. I would definitely want every holidaymaker to visit this place.
12 September 2019
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The best way I can describe my entire experience starting with getting my tickets from Thrillophilia to touring around St. Paul's Cathedral would be to the day that it was simply amazing. The place was so quiet and soothing, it was the kind of thing I wanted towards the end of my first-day tour in London. A side note, Just make sure you have a valid ID proof along with the tickets, it is important.
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I had a great time at St. Paul's Cathedral. The experience was sublime and I loved every bit of it. The place was amazing and we got a chance to just relax and enjoy some peace in the Cathedral. It is a definite recommendation from my end to every tourist visiting London. Trust me, advance booking your tickets take a load off of you.
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