Stepney Green is an inner-London neighbourhood in the East End with its own farm. Intrigued? We thought so. Cutesy farm animals aside, the E postcode of Stepney Green is also known for its good-quality state schools and a strong sense of community.
Residents in the area enjoy easy access to neighbouring Mile End and Bethnal Green. And there's a variety of things to do in the neighbourhood itself, including flower markets to browse and iconic bakeries to sample.
If you're looking to get the lowdown on Stepney Green, you've come to the right place. In this London guide, we're exploring the history, rental prices and things to do so that you can decide if moving to Stepney Green is the right choice for you.
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Stepney Green is a district of East London and falls under the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It's a relatively small neighbourhood and is located nearby Mile End, Limehouse, Whitechapel and Bethnal Green.
History of Stepney Green
The larger area of Stepney is one of London's oldest settlements, but Stepney Green is a 19th-century creation. This makes it one of London's younger neighbourhoods, but the area where it sits is full of history.
Initially, Stepney Green was called Mile End Green, which was flanked by pretty 17th and 18th-century properties. Some of these homes remain to this day, though much of the area suffered heavy bombing in World War II.
The rest of Stepney Green was heavily developed after the blitz, and Stepney Green park was created to bring open space to the area. Over the years, it's become a microcosm of London as a welcoming multinational neighbourhood that fosters a strong sense of community.
Who lives there?
According to the 2011 census, Stepney Green has a population of just over 16,000. The median age is 30, with 78% of residents choosing to rent their home. A growing number of young professionals continue to move to Stepney Green.
Renting in Stepney Green
Expect to find a varied mix of housing in Stepney Green, with charming properties from the 17th and 18th century in high demand. There are also homes built in the thirties and forties, as well as an increasing number of new builds.
You can rent a one-bedroom flat for as little as £1,000 or as much as £2,100, depending on the property type. Two-bedroom homes tend to go on the market for around £1,800, while three-bedroom properties achieve in the region of £3,000.
Stepney Green travel
Stepney Green tube station is the primary transport hub in the area. It's located on the Hammersmith & City and District lines with direct services to Blackfriars, Embankment, Westminster, Victoria and more.
There's also a good local bus network. Residents can rely on a strong west-east connection with buses 25, 205, 15 and 115 all running regularly. Stepney Green is located in Zone 2.
Stepney Green eateries
Thai n Pie
If you can't decide between Thai food or a good ol' English pie, why not have both? Thai n Pie provides classic Thai dishes served alongside English pies to create one of London's most interesting fusions.
Head to Verdi's and enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in a family-run restaurant. Embrace rustic Italian charm and tuck into an a-la-carte and pizza menu that will perform wonders on your taste buds.
Ok, so Rinkoff Bakery isn't exactly a restaurant, but it is a staple of the Stepney Green community and first opened in 1911. Oh, and it serves up some absolute treats. Make sure you sample the crodough, a Rinkoff gem and the best around in London.
Things to do in Stepney Green
Stepney City Farm
Make some furry friends at Stepney City Farm, one of the few farms in the capital. Expect to see sheep, goats, chickens and donkeys doing their thing. There's also a gallery and Rural Arts Centre to enjoy.
Columbia Road Flower Market
Get ready to see an explosion of colours at Columbia Road Flower Market. It's open every Sunday between 8am and 3pm and features over 60 independent shops selling bright and colourful flowers.
Genesis Cinema didn't quite make our list of best cinemas in London, but that's because there's so much choice. If you're living in Stepney Green, you can enjoy a mixture of blockbuster favourites and art-house classics at this local community picturehouse.
Moving to Stepney Green
A strong sense of community, excellent travel links and charming period homes make Stepney Green an appealing East London neighbourhood. And even if those highlights don't appeal, there's always the farm to enjoy.