London - Mile End
Mile End is a what is called an "up and coming" neighbourhood about one mile (hence the name) from the City of London along the Whitechapel road. While not as vibrant as its neighbours in Bethnal Green and Brick Lane, it has a charm of its own which makes this district worth a visit.
This area is rich in history and contains some very interesting relics of London's industrial past. The district was created just at the time when London was expanding at its fastest rate and as such contains areas which are a microcosm of the Victorian city. It also suffered greatly from German bombing in WWII and the slum clearances of the 1960s which saw many fine Victorian houses bulldozed to be replaced by sub-standard communal housing.
Mile End is one of the best-connected stations in London, with access to the Central, Hammersmith and City, and District Lines. It's claimed that Mile End is the only station on the Underground system which can be reached by every other, with only one change. There is also a District Line station at Bow Road and Docklands Light Railway stations at Bow Road and Devons Road.
- Walk up the Regents Canal
- Walk over the Green Bridge: a unique structure that joins Bow Common to Mile End Park with its urban nature reserve, taking the park over the busy A12 road, ensuring uninterrupted greenery for several miles, from the bottom of Bow Common to the top of the beautiful Victoria Park.
The best place to eat in Mile End is probably the remarkable gastropub The Crown. See "Drink", below. There's a cluster of good eatereries at Bow Wharf, just a few minutes north of Mile End station. The Fat Cat Cafe and Jongleurs do good food and there's a good Thai restaurant.
- Britannia Fish & Chip Shop, Grove Road. Makes possibly the finest Fish and Chips in the world.
- Orange Room Cafe, Burdett Road. A good place for chilled-out lunches.
- Mar i Terra, . A small chain of tapas restaurants with a branch by Victoria Park - good Spanish food (now closed).
- Venus in the Park. Good Greek food. One of several restaurants under the Green Bridge (see Do).
- Zeera. A decent, if slightly pretentious, Indian restaurant. One of several restaurants under the Green Bridge (see Do).
- The Palm Tree. A traditional East End boozer. No, it's the traditional East End boozer. Now set in the middle of Mile End Park, originally it was surrounded by houses and a factory. Its incongruous surroundings only add to the charm, however. You may recognise the interior from the number of film and TV appearances the pub has made as an "authentic" location. On Saturday nights the locals crowd into the front bar for a sing-song and the back bar is jammed with trendy students from Queen Mary's college. The presence of a student population mean this wonderful pub never has the threatening air of some East End locals and it attracts a mixed crowd.
- The Morgan Arms, Coborn Road. Was a worthy winner of the Evening Standard London Pub of the Year award recently. The attached restaurant also serves some tasty, albeit pricey fare.
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