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Bethnal Green Area Info

Bethnal Green Area Info

Some of the most desirable streets in Bethnal Green lie on the Jesus Green Conservation Area, adjacent to Columbia Road flower market. Originally built as hospital workers' accommodation, the two and three bedroom period cottage houses and are now highly sought after by professional couples and families keen to be close to Shoreditch and the City. Other popular streets lie close to the Museum of Childhood, Cyprus Street which had one of the highest mortality rates of World War II and the roads off it have some particularly elegant period homes, as does Arnold Circus. One of the key reasons to move to Bethnal Green is its stock of Victorian housing, neighbouring Shoreditch with its endless warehouses and industrial spaces, has hardly any houses left!

Slightly cheaper than surrounding areas such as Hackney, Hoxton, Spitalfields and Shoreditch, you'll know it by the prices, Bethnal Green offers excellent value for money whether you are renting or buying.

Things To Do In Bethnal Green

The largest open space is Weavers Fields, home to the annual spring Baishakhi Mela - a celebration of Bangla new year - and there are also the compact Victoria Park Gardens just across the road from the Tube station. Just over the border in Hackney, Haggerston Park has the added attraction of the Hackney City Farm.

Bethnal Green is home to some of the best weekend markets including the Sunday flower market at Columbia Road and Brick Lane's food, antique and clothing market are a must visit. For children, the Museum of Childhood is great for all ages. Toys dating back to the early 1900's are on display accompanying more recent and recognisable memorabilia.

Of an evening, we recommend that you pop along to Brick Lane for authentic Indian cuisine as well as a host of bars and an All Star Lanes ten pin bowling venue. For more traditional East End evening The Birdcage In Columbia Road is wonderful family run pub and happens to be a favourite of Britains latest comic sensation Micky Flannagan.

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History of Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green forms part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets a district in the East end of London. It was historically an agrarian hamlet in the ancient parish of Stepney, Middlesex and lies 3.3 miles (5.3 km) northeast of Charing Cross.

Bethnal Green's economic history is characterised by a move away from agricultural provision for the City of London to market gardening, weaving and light industry, which has now all but disappeared. The quality of the built environment had deteriorated by the turn of the 20th century and was radically reformed by the severe bombings of World War II and the subsequent social housing developments. Sadly 173 people were killed in a single incident at Bethnal Green tube station in 1943. A war memorial still stands on a wall in Cyprus Street, in honour of 26 of its residents that lost their lives during WWI. Bethnal Green has formed part of Greater London since 1965.

Boxing has a long and successful association with Bethnal Green. One of the areas first known champions was Daniel Mendoza, originally from neighbouring Aldgate, Mendoza lived in Paradise Row on the western side of Bethnal Green for over 30 years. Since then numerous boxers have been associated with the area, most recently Darren Barker formerly of Repton Boys defeated Daniel Geale for the IBF Middleweight title, whist York Hall in Old Ford Road remains the spiritual home of British boxing. England's World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore was also a familiar face of the area, he ran the Salmon & Ball pub on Cambridge Heath Road for many years.

The infamous Kray twins lived in Bethnal Green in the 1960s during their reign on East London's underworld, their family home was on Vallance Road.

By the beginning of the 21st century, Bethnal Green and much of the old East End began to undergo a process of gentrification. More recently young creatives have migrated from areas such as Shoreditch and Hoxton, prompting a property price boom and pushing other artists, sculptors and designers to search further afield for period terraces and studio space.

The infamous Kray twins
The infamous Kray twins

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