Stepney Green

The striking tree-lined, blue granite cobbled lane is lined with grand Queen Anne houses that recall more prosperous times. The MG on the gates of No37 stand for Mary Gayer, a widow who lived here in 1714, while the former Stepney Orthodox Synagogue is now the Arbour Youth amateur boxing club.

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In the Middle Ages, Stepney was a favoured country retreat for the wealthy but had become the site of the worst slums in London by Victorian times. Devastated by bombing during World War II, when one-third of its housing was destroyed, regeneration schemes are transforming the area.

Tube: Mile End/Stepney Green

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Skate Park

This free public skate park was built on waste ground by Tower Hamlets Council and is open every day from 8am to 8pm. There are free skate-board lessons run by LCB Skate, although booking in advance is necessary due to demand. They also run a mobile shop selling hardware.

St Paul’s Way E3
Tel: +44 (0)20 7739 3839

Regent’s Canal

Designed by famous architect John Nash, this eight-mile canal opened in 1820 to link the Grand Junction Canal at Paddington with the docks of East London. The coming of the railways in the 1830s began the fall in commercial use of the canals but they remain popular with pleasure boaters, cyclists and walkers.

Mile End Road E3

Mile End Park

Put together from a network of green spaces over 50 years, this unusual park even boasts a Green Bridge linking two sections with a plant-rich walkway. An Arts Centre, Terraced Garden and climbing wall are among other attractions. The view of the gleaming towers of Canary Wharf over trees is striking.

Mile End Road E3

Stepney City Farm

For 30 years, this community based farm and rural crafts centre has let East Enders interact with animal and learn gardening skills. It is open from 10am-5pm, Tue-Sun, when the volunteer staffing permits. The ruins you see are an old Sunday school and the Stepney meeting house.

Stepney Way E1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7790 8204

Ragged School Museum

Housed in the original ‘ragged school’ founded by Irish-born Dr Barnardo in 1877, this museum has a recreated Victorian classroom where actors in period costume give lessons. An East End kitchen from the 1900s is another living history lesson.

46-50 Copperfield Road E3

Tel: +44 (0)20 8980 6405
Tube: Mile End

St Dunstan’s

The ten bells here are the ‘bells of Stepney’ in the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons. Long linked to the Navy, the Red Ensign flies from the tower, while the seven-acre churchyard was enlarged during the Great Plague of 1665 when 154 dead were buried in one day.

Stepney High Street E1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7366 1721

Atkinson Memorial

This clock tower monument remembers Dr Stanley Bean Atkinson, noted local councillor and expert on law and forensic medicine, who died in 1910 at the age of 36. His dedication to improving the lives of local people is represented by the plaques
of  ‘Benevolence’ and ‘Education’ on the base.

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