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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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Though it’s not unspoilt, this historic village has several highlights.

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

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.

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.

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.
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One from the Nuggets section

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

Places to visit in west London
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Places to visit in south London

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.