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Plaistow London Guide

Plaistow London Guide

11 August 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

Located just a stone's throw away from Stratford, Plaistow is an East London neighbourhood on the up. It offers an alternative to Stratford's hustle and bustle, yet you're only ever a short journey from mega shopping centres like Westfield.

Its location also provides excellent connections to London's financial districts, both The City and Canary Wharf. With more affordable prices, rental property in Plaistow is considerably cheaper than the mega hubs of East London.

Lower rents make it an appealing option if you're looking to save on your next home. But what it's really like to live in Plaistow? In our latest London guide, we're bringing you the lowdown on living in the E13 postcode.

On a map

Plaistow Google Map

Plaistow is located in East London and falls under the London Borough of Newham. It's located around 8.5 miles from Charing Cross and has an E13 postcode. Neighbouring areas include Stratford, Poplar, Canning Town and Barking.

History of Plaistow

The name Plaistow is derived from Sir Hugh de Plaiz, who married Philippa de Montfitchet, a member of the family that owned the district. The story goes that Philippa named the area the Manor of Plaiz, after her husband.

However, conflicting reports cite that Plaistow got its name from Plagestoue, which is old English for Playing Place. Plaistow is connected to notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, and it's suggested that he committed two of his first crimes in the area.

Plaistow was heavily damaged during the blitz of World War II and subsequently was rebuilt with large social housing. Much of this has now been replaced with newer homes as part of Plaistow's regeneration.

Renting in Plaistow

Rental property in Plaistow

There's a diverse range of properties in Plaistow, including charming period homes from the Victorian era that survived the war and houses built in the 1950s and 60s. You'll also find a growing number of new builds as the neighbourhood sees increased demand for homes.

Expect to pay an average of £1,100 for a one-bedroom apartment and £1,300 for a two-bedroom property. Homes of three-bedroom-and-up enter the rental market from around £1,500.

Plaistow travel

Plaistow tube station

Plaistow is served by its namesake tube station, while Upton Park station is also nearby. They are both on the District and Hammersmith & City lines, which provide direct links into central London areas like The City, King's Cross and Paddington.

Stratford train station is also just two miles away and is serviced by the Central and Jubilee Lines, the latter offering direct links to Canary Wharf. London City Airport is a little over two miles away. Plaistow is located in Zone 3

Eateries in Plaistow

The Black Lion Pub

The Black Lion pub exterior

Routinely voted as one of the best pubs in Newham, the Black Lion could be your new local if you move to Plaistow. Enjoy classic pub grub, as well as a selection of ales in its cosy settings.

Kate's Cafe & Restaurant

Head to Kate's to enjoy soul-soothing African cuisine. The menu combines British and Ghanaian influences to offer mouthwatering dishes like Fufu, which is goat meat on skewers, banku and more.

Minh Restaurant

Food at Minh Restaurant

One of East London's favourite Vietnamese restaurants, Minh serves up a range of tasty authentic treats. Head there for a casual bite at lunchtime or enjoy an evening meal with the extensive menu that includes dishes like shaking beef, sizzling chilli lemongrass and crispy pork.

Things to do in Plaistow

Westfield Stratford

Stratford is just a hop and a skip away and features one of Europe's largest shopping centres, Westfield Stratford. Shop until you drop with a range of designer stores and high-street favourites, before grabbing a bite at one of the many on-site eateries.

West Ham football club

West Ham players

Sports enthusiasts moving to Plaistow can embrace Premier League club West Ham United as their local football team. Get yourself over the London Stadium, which seats more than 60,000 people and watch West Ham take on teams like Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. 

The Greenway

If you're looking for a scenic stroll, walk along the Greenway and enjoy some tranquillity. The path leads all the way to Stanford's popular Queen Elizabeth Park, as well as Victoria Park further up north.

Moving to Plaistow

As a quieter area than Stratford, Plaistow offers something a little bit different from its E15 neighbour. There are local restaurants to enjoy and a strong sense of community in this East End neighbourhood that is fast becoming a popular choice for many renters. 


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