Great Attractions Right on your Doorstep
Often, something can be right under our nose and we don’t even know it. Here are some ideas for a great day out in East London.
The summer is here in earnest, and while some are simply counting down the days before the football world cup and the opportunity to spend a month in front of their TV sets, others know there is a big world out there just waiting to be explored. If you live in East London, there is more to do locally than you might have realised.
And if you are new to the area, or are still scouring the windows of estate agents in Romford looking for your perfect home, here are some ideas for some great local days out in your new neighbourhood once you have settled in.
Crystal Maze style fun in an escape room
There is no Richard O’Brien shouting Will you start the fans please? but the concept of an escape room is very similar to the popular TV show from the 1990s. These have become very popular over the past year or two, and there are hundreds to choose from throughout the capital, with different themes and levels of difficulty. The choices in East London include Timelock at Western Gateway and Murder Mystery at Mile End.
White water rafting at Lee Valley
Don’t worry, it’s got nothing to do with the hidden depths of the Regents Canal, Lee Valley White Water Centre played a major role in the 2012 Olympics, and it has some fantastic white water experiences for people of all skill levels. Families love it, while on Fridays it stays open late and has become a popular venue for stag nights.
Outdoor adventures at Stubbers
Stubbers Activity Centre in Upminster offers some great activities for all the family, including water sports, shooting, motor sports, laser tag and a whole lot more. Families can pop in to do whatever activities they wish, or during the school holidays, there are organised courses that teenagers can attend over whole days.
God’s Own Junkyard – East London’s best kept secret
God’s Own Junkyard is possibly East London’s most surreal treasure. You’ll find it tucked away out of sight on the Ravenswood Estate in Walthamstow, and it is well worth seeking out. Owner Chris Bracey has created a loving tribute to the world of neon – in fact, he is more than just a collector, and has creating and supplied signs that you can see in Hollywood blockbusters that include Batman, Eyes Wide Shut and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. When you’ve finished exploring the sights, don’t miss the Rolling Scones cafe.
Explore St Katherine’s Dock
Hiding in plain sight, St Katherine’s dock is an oasis that is only a five minute walk from the City. Take a stroll around the luxury yachts, visit the craft stalls and take your pick of the bars, restaurants and cafes to sit and watch the world go by. There’s also a treasure trail that will educate and entertain the kids – and it might just teach the parents a thing or two, as well!