Places to visit in east and south-east London

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Places to visit in east and south-east London

Attractions in The Guide and recommended gazetteer pages


East and south-east London, as Hidden London sees them for the purposes of this pageSome ill-informed indi­vid­u­als sneer at this part of Lon­don but there’s much to enjoy here, espe­cial­ly fol­low­ing recent improve­ments at Dan­son House (though it’s now closed most of the time), Valence House (Becon­tree) and Valen­tines Man­sion, and in Vic­to­ria Park.

The pic­ture links are for pages in The Guide – focussing in depth on indi­vid­ual attrac­tions; the text links will take you to gazetteer pages – each telling the sto­ry of a whole local­i­ty.


Avery Hill
Green­wich Uni­ver­si­ty’s Avery Hill cam­pus has south Lon­don’s loveli­est win­ter gar­den – though admit­ted­ly there’s lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion for that acco­lade.

Barnes Cray
This indus­tri­al and work­ing-​​class res­i­den­tial out­post of Cray­ford is the unex­pect­ed home of one of Eng­land’s most admirable the­atres.

Becon­tree
Valence House has been acclaimed as among the best local his­to­ry muse­ums in Lon­don.

Bex­ley
The dis­trict has sev­er­al his­toric build­ings, of which Hall Place is the most impres­sive.

Black­heath
The per­fect place to spend a lazy after­noon – or even an active one.

Caledonian Market - bric-​​a-​​brac at break of dawn

Chels­field
The vil­lage that inspired Miss Read to write her sto­ries of life in the Cotswolds, with a fine ear­ly Nor­man church.

Colum­bia Road
Lon­don’s best and busiest hor­ti­cul­tur­al street mar­ket oper­ates here on Sun­days.

Constables Dues, Tower of London, rolling out the ceremonial barrel

Cyprus
Explore the Roy­al Docks and the UEL cam­pus at this east Lon­don local­i­ty named after a Mediter­ranean island.

Dan­son Park
The grade I list­ed Dan­son House has been restored from a state of near ruin – but recent­ly reduced fund­ing has meant reduced open­ing times.

Fan Museum - not just for fanatics

Foots Cray
Mean­der through the mead­ows beside the Riv­er Cray.

Haver­ing-atte-Bow­er
Though it’s not unspoilt, this his­toric vil­lage has sev­er­al high­lights.

Home­r­ton
Sut­ton House is the Nation­al Trust’s Tudor gem in the heart of East Lon­don.

Noak Hill
A real vil­lage perched on a real hill amidst rolling Essex coun­try­side.

North Ock­endon
Fan­cy fish­ing in a medieval moat?

The Painted Hall - a stupendously decorated dining room

Rain­ham
Despite its lack­lus­tre sur­round­ings, Rain­ham Hall is a charm­ing place to vis­it.

Redbridge Museum in Ilford

Shoot­ers Hill
Ascend a lofty peak and dis­cov­er a tow­er­ing fol­ly.

Snares­brook
A detached cor­ner of Epping For­est (and of Wanstead) with a very large pond.

Sutton House: a Tudor courtier's country home in Hackney

Three Mills
Form­ing a focus like a vil­lage green, the sur­viv­ing mills tie a knot in the Lea val­ley.

Valen­tines Park
Vis­it Valen­tines Man­sion and Gar­dens and admire what can be done when a keen coun­cil obtains Her­itage Lot­tery fund­ing.

Vic­to­ria Park
An expan­sive and recent­ly refur­bished pub­lic park that’s been an east Lon­don favourite since 1845.

Wen­ning­ton
An ancient church and, to the south, the RSP­B’s nature reserve is a great place for a walk, whether or not you’re a bird­watch­er.


One from the Nuggets section

Rother­hithe’s Mayflower Inn – it may not be that old but it’s a love­ly river­side pub.


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This page will be updat­ed with new addi­tions to The Guide as soon as they’re pub­lished, so if you’re an east or south-east Lon­don reg­u­lar you might like to book­mark it and return from time to time.