Are you visiting London and looking to discover the true East End of London?
Here are some of the destinations that you should definitely make sure you stop off at and visit in the East End to give yourself the full-fledged priceless cockney East Ender experience.
Pie, mash, and jellied eels are a special delicacy that is only really found in the cafés of the East End of London, and it is always greatly appreciated by the local folks in the area. To give this sought-after dish a try for yourself, explore eateries in the East End that offer traditional treats.
West Ham United Football Club is an institution woven into the fabric of the East End. West Ham was originally founded as Thames Ironworks in June 1895. West Ham’s famous nickname is the ‘hammers’, which is a reference to the club’s badge that displays two rivet hammers. Some fans also affectionately call the club and its fanbase ’the irons’.
The West Ham team is undoubtedly the first love of many people from the East End. And die-hard West Ham fans will claim if you ‘cut them open they will bleed claret and blue’. Support for the historic football club often goes back generations in families with their roots embedded in the East End of London.
West Ham has won four major trophies in their history: winning the FA cup in 1964,1975 and 1980, as well as the European Cup Winners Cup in 1965. But the proudest moment many West Ham fans will talk to you for hours about is three West Ham players played and made huge contributions in England’s only ever world cup win in 1966 with a 4-2 victory against West Germany. West Ham icon Bobby Moore was the captain that day, and Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters were England’s other goal scorers. For some hammers fans, it was almost felt as if West Ham had lifted the World Cup at Wembley.
West Ham as a club has undergone major changes in recent years, the main one being the move from the beloved Boleyn Ground (also known as ‘Upton Park’) to play their home games at the new state-of-the-art modern London Stadium in Stratford in east London. The stadium holds 60,000 supporters, and on matchday, it is home to a roaring atmosphere. So, get your hands on some West Ham tickets so you can live the true live matchday and cheer on the hammers in their sacred home.
Spitalfields is a much-adored pillar of the East End, known all over London for its delightful authentic markets which include its Trade, Art, and Saturday markets. Spitalfields is a vibrant market with a joyous feel to it, filled to the very brim with independent vendors selling everything from clothing, food, furniture, fashion, music, art, and much more.
The architecture and décor of the Spitalfields Market are also rather breathtaking and a real sight to behold. The market is synonymous with being at the soul of the community in the East End of London. When you are looking to explore the capital’s East End, visiting Spitalfields is a must.
There are so many exciting landmarks found in the East End of London for visitors to the city to discover and spend their time taking full advantage of.