Plaistow is an area to the east of Newham which is only a stone’s throw away from Stratford but away from the main buzz for those who want to be able to enjoy what this very vibrant neighbourhood has to offer while living in a calmer area.
Plaistow is very well connected to the heart of London and its financial districts, which makes it an obvious choice for young professionals and families, served by excellent local schools and hospitals.
In a recent Londonist article the local Black Lion pub at Plaistow, was nominate as the best pub in Newham, full of East End character and the exhausted teachers and staffers from the hospital around the corner. It is also home to the West Ham Boys Amateur Boxing Club, a special local landmark.
Plaistow station is only a few minutes away from the city center with the District and Hammersmith and City lines bringing you to Liverpool Street, King’s Cross St Pancras and Victoria station in a very short period of time. The DLR is also very close with Abbey Road station and West Ham station which connect Plaistow to Canary Wharf via Canning Town and London City Airport. Stratford International is only a few stops away, which connects you to Stansted airport or areas in Kent where you can enjoy weekends by the seaside in Margate or Dover.
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Plaistow has a very good reputation in terms of education with primary school rated as « outstanding » by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) among which Plaistow Primary and Tollgate Primary, and secondary schools as well-recognised. In 2012, Nathan Kemp, assistant teacher at Tollgate Primary School, won Teacher of the Year in the 2012 annual national Teaching Awards. Michael Patient of Tollgate also was one of the winners of a Pearson teaching award in 2014.
Westfield Stratford will offer you a variety of choices when it comes to enjoy a good meal with restaurants such as Cabania Brasilian Barbecue or Bumpkin. But you can also enjoy what local restaurants in the area have to offer such as the vegetarian and Indian Vijay’s Chawalla, the delicious deli and pizzeria Corner Kitchen and the friendly Print House. For a good coffee and brunch, Sawmill Coffee will be perfect.
For a nice walk, you can take the Greenway, a footpath and cycleway that will lead you to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park and all it has to offer (Public Art, London Aquatics Center, the Copper Box Arena and Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Center). The Greenway can also take you further up north to Victoria Park. Local green areas include the very elegant West Ham Park, the Memorial Recreation Ground and Plaistow Park. To enjoy art, the famous Chisenhale art gallery is a few tube stations away and the White Building, focused on the intersection between art and technology, is in Hackney Wick, next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park. Finally, the Newham Leisure Centre houses a swimming pool and a gym for sport-addicts.