Bethnal Green

A little bit cultured and a little bit crass, Bethnal Green is steadily becoming a neighborhood to notice.

Once considered as dim as a dusty candle, Bethnal Green is experiencing a revival that’s transforming it into a chandelier. Some of the neighborhood’s back alleys remain endearingly dodgy, but Bethnal Green’s influx of boutique hotels, boutique firms, and boutique...boutiques, are quickly adding to its rising stardom. Art galleries and swanky lounges share Bethnal Green with its resident cast of gentlemen’s clubs—the sort of venues that lend the neighborhood its mischievously illicit atmosphere.

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On the Map

Bethnal Green is within LB of Tower Hamlets and bordered by Globe Town, Mile End, Haggerston, Stepney, Hackney, Shoreditch, Whitechapel/Brick Lane, Bow, and LB of Hackney

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The London Eye: 15 minutes on the tube
The Tower of London: 20 minutes on the tube
Heathrow Airport: 90 minutes on the tube
Gatwick Airport: 60 minutes by tube and train
Kings Cross: 25 minutes on the tube
National Gallery: 30 minutes on the tube

A Place of Juxtapositions

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Lively, young, and happening, East London's Bethnal Green is home to artists, musicians, and designers who have set up shop in the neighborhood's old warehouses.

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Although its warehouses support professional pursuits, everywhere you turn you’re reminded that Bethnal Green is a place that people call home.

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From vagabonds to bond traders, Bethnal Green is London’s most diverse neighborhood.

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Viajante restaurant has claimed the old town hall, turning it into an informal gastronomic experience for the culinarily inquisitive.

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On the weekends, Bethnal Green really comes alive. Whether its residents are at the park or the pub, they're apt to be out in the neighborhood.

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Don't miss the Broadway market, the walk along the park and Canal, the Hackney Farm, the Columbia flower market, Brick Lane at night and the market on sunday. Everything you need to enjoy London for a week end."

Jonathan

Visited in 2012

A Place to Exhibit

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London’s creatives have transformed dilapidated storefronts and warehouses into thriving havens for the arts.

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Feeling inclined to revisit the past instead of contemplating contemporary art?

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The V&A Museum of Childhood is dedicated to children's toys and childhood ephemera.

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The area has everything you could wish for with a very cool and trendy atmosphere-local markets are great and fun for people watching. We didn't venture away from the district at all during our stay as we were having so much fun."

tracy

Visited in 2012

A Place to Shop

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Bethnal Green is a bargain hunter's paradise. Find cheap goods at the £1 shops on Bethnal Green Road.

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Or delve into one of the neighborhood's many second-hand and vintage furniture boutiques.

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I really enjoyed the neighborhood. You are able to explore Shoreditch and other areas of East London by foot (or bike - there's a city rental stand right outside!)"

Kristin

Visited in 2013

Residential Urban Landscape

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Regent’s Canal dissects East London and runs straight through the heart of Bethnal Green.

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It's a popular thoroughfare for hundreds of cyclists during the week who commute to work.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Arne is a German photographer and cameraman. He gained experience in various fields such as TV drama, commercials, and documentaries. His work has taken him all over the world and since 2008, he's been based in London where he recently finished his MA of Arts at Goldsmiths College. While working for Airbnb, he discovered a completely new side of London and many of its hidden secrets.

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Sophie Carr is a London-based freelance travel photographer who specialises in landscapes and cities. Her love of travel has taken her to many far-flung parts of the world, but home will always be London. Brought up near London, she has lived in the city for almost 20 years, and loves to explore its varied neighborhoods. She loved shooting her home city for Airbnb, and hopes her photos will encourage visitors to come to her local neighborhoods.

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