Mile End was once a haven for the likes of the Kray Twins and other kingpins from east London’s criminal past. Today however, it manages to combine facilities for families, great access to the city and a thriving student population
Top Places To See
The Blind Beggar pub was formerly a hotspot for the Kray Twins, and was also owned by former England football captain Bobby Moore. Mile End Park provides plenty of outdoor space for kids and families, and there’s Roman Road with its mix of old East End shops and independent boutiques.
Best Location Factors
Mile End has some of the best transport links in East London. With the Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines all going through the Underground Station, there’s also regular buses connecting the area with the square mile and central London. It’s also ideally located nearby to Canary Wharf and the hustle and bustle of Shoreditch.
About The Area
Mile End is a melting pot for cultures, families, young professionals and creatives thanks to its proximity to Canary Wharf and Shoreditch. Mile End park provides plenty of outdoor space, while the old canals have cycling paths that can take users all over the city. The housing is a fascinating mix of grand Victorian squares, new apartments and council housing.
Places To Eat Out
Just opposite the station is the Greedy Cow, a carnivore’s dream, but there’s also a wealth of gastro pubs in the area including The Cobourn, Morgan Arms, and amazing coffee and pastries at The Coffee Room.
Places To Visit
Hidden away is Tower Hamlets Cemetary Park, a former graveyard that’s been allowed to return to nature. There’s an annual arts festival curated by film director Danny Boyle and regular kids and volunteering activities. Alternatively, take a stroll down memory lane along the historical canal networks that criss-cross the area.
Things To Do With The Kids
Mile End’s Ecology Pavilion is a hideaway perfect for children to explore the local flora and fauna. There’s also Mile End leisure centre which has a swimming pool, tennis courts and an adventure playground to keep kids busy.
Mile End has excellent, bus, train, road and cycle links that connect it with the A12 to the east, central London to the west and Canary Wharf to the south.
Mile End has its own Underground tube station which has three lines running through it. The Central line connects to Liverpool Street and the City, the District Line to Embankment and Westminster and the Hammersmith & City line has connections to Kings Cross and Paddington.
Mile End has a huge variety of buses connecting the area to Canary Wharf, the city, and Oxford Circus.
- 25 – Ilford to Oxford Circus
- 205 – Bow to Paddington
- 277 – Highbury & Islington to Learmouth
- 323 – Canning Town
- 339 – Leytonstone to Shadwell
- 425 – Clapton to Stratford
- D6 – Crossharbour to Hackney
- D7 – Poplar
- N205 – Leyton to Paddington