The area retains some leftfield, quirky attractions.
East Mostly originally part of the county of Essex, taking in former industrial areas on the upper Thames Estuary such as Beckton, Dagenham and Barking.
Includes Stratford, home of the 2012 Olympic Games, the brand new Olympic Park leisure complex and the Stratford City mall which is the biggest inner city shopping complex in Europe.
It is divided into thirty-two boroughs, although information on this page is divided between districts, inner boroughs and outer boroughs of the city.
These district and borough articles contain sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — consider printing them all.
To the North East lies the gateway to the affluent Epping Forest area South Originally divided between Kent and Surrey and Containing many commuter suburbs with housing of all sizes and styles, as well as the well known urban centres of Kingston-upon-Thames, Sutton, Bromley and Croydon, which have many commercial and cultural features in their town centres surrounded by generally leafy residential areas.