Matilda Bow Bridge

Essential facts about Bow

It’s named after tumbling queens and distinctive arches ‘Bow’ is an abbreviation of the medieval name Stratford-atte-Bow (Stratforde is from the Old English meaning paved way to a ford, a stone causeway through the marshes). The ‘Bow’ part is from the distinctive three-arched bridge over the River Lea whose construction was ordered in 1110 by…

Map of Londons Green Spaces

Green Spaces in East London

Did you know that almost half of our capital city is green space? (47% to be exact).  We have eight million trees in London, making it the world’s largest urban forest. According to Daniel Raven-Ellison, founder of the Greater London National Park campaign, the city, which covers more than 1,500 square kilometres, has more than 13,000 species…

Brick Lane - Garry Knight via Flickr

Brick Lane – a refuge for plucky underdogs

Like much of East London, Brick Lane has traditionally been a refuge for the plucky underdogs of London, an area outside the protection of the original city walls, where numerous waves of immigrants arrived to set up shop, using their trades to establish a better life for themselves, often whilst fleeing persecution from their native…

St Mary Matfelon church, popularly known as St Mary's, Whitechapel

Whitechapel’s sordid history

Jack the Ripper, the elephant man and prostitutes… Christ Church, Spitalfields   Today Whitechapel is a vibrant area of London with a rapidly growing population. It is becoming an ever more desirable area for new homes and businesses and with the Council’s 15 year regeneration plan underway it’s set to get even better. Plans include…

Brick Lane

Local Histories – Brick Lane

Generations of immigrants have made Brick Lane their home, enriching the area with trades, religions, languages and cultures. Its name comes from the brick kilns used by early Flemish settlers and made from the brick earth found here. In the 17th century, Protestant Huguenot refugees came here escaping religious persecution in France. Their skills made…