Places to visit in east and south-east London
Attractions in The Guide and recommended gazetteer pages
Some 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.
Greenwich University’s Avery Hill campus has south London’s loveliest winter garden – though admittedly there’s little competition for that accolade.
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.
London’s best and busiest horticultural street market operates here on Sundays.
Explore the Royal Docks and the UEL campus at this east London locality named after a Mediterranean island.
The grade I listed Danson House has been restored from a state of near ruin – but recently reduced funding has meant reduced opening times.
Meander through the meadows beside the River Cray.
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.
A real village perched on a real hill amidst rolling Essex countryside.
Fancy fishing in a medieval moat?
Despite its lacklustre surroundings, Rainham Hall is a charming place to visit.
Ascend a lofty peak and discover a towering folly.
A detached corner of Epping Forest (and of Wanstead) with a very large pond.
Forming a focus like a village green, the surviving mills tie a knot in the Lea valley.
Visit Valentines Mansion and Gardens and admire what can be done when a keen council obtains Heritage Lottery funding.
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.
One from the Nuggets section
Rotherhithe’s Mayflower Inn – it may not be that old but it’s a lovely riverside pub.
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.