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West Ham London Guide

18 September 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 3 min
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Simon Banks

London has 13 professional football clubs, but none of them quite reflect their local area as much as West Ham. The famous club, nicknamed The Hammers, is a pillar of the community, whether the team is playing in the Premier League or The Championship.

You don't need to be a football to live in the East London neighbourhood of West Ham. But the postcode's connection to its team will give you some idea about the strong sense community in E15 postcode.

In our latest London guide, we're exploring the area of West Ham – from its football roots to regeneration that is seeing it become an increasingly popular place to live. So, read on and learn everything you need to know about West Ham.

On a map

West Ham Google Map

West Ham is located in East London and falls under the London Borough of Newham. Neighbouring areas include Stratford, Forest Gate and Plaistow and it's around six miles from Charing Cross.

History of West Ham

Originally a parish of Essex, West Ham was first recorded as Hamme in an Anglo-Saxon charter of 958 and then in the 1086 Domesday Book as Hame. In Old English, 'hamm' means 'dry area of land between rivers or marshland'.

By 1884 West Ham had undergone urbanisation after the Metropolitan Building Act stopped dangerous and noxious industries from operating in the metropolitan area. As a result, many of these activities were relocated to West Ham, with the area becoming one of Victorian Britain's major manufacturing hubs.

West Ham is most famous for its football club West Ham United. It's named after the area and has two nicknames, The Hammers and The Irons – the later because of the club's association with the Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company.

Who lives there?

West Ham has a population of around 15,000 and a median age of 32. Seventy percent of residents in West Ham rent their home, with just 30% of residents owner-occupiers.

Renting in West Ham

Twelve Trees in West Ham

There is a selection of properties in West Ham, from period and post-World War II homes to new developments. Twelve Trees park is one of the new builds in the area and offers studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. 

Expect to pay around £1,300 per month for a one-bedroom apartment in West Ham and £1,500 per month for a two-bedroom property. Three-bedroom-and-up homes tend to go on the market for about £1,700 per month.

West Ham travel

West Ham tube

West Ham is well-connected transport-wise with its station on the underground (District, Jubilee, Hammersmith & City lines) and the DLR line. Stratford tube, overground and rail stations are also within walking distance. West Ham is located in travel Zone 2 and 3.

West Ham eateries

Barge East Restaurant

Interior at Barge East Restaurant

Experience a floating dining room with rustic decor at Barge East Restaurant. Located just a couple of miles from West Ham, this floating restaurant enjoys tranquil canal settings and scrumptious food.

Zorba's Greek

Get a taste of authentic Greek food at Zorba's, where you can tuck into a range of traditional bites that include chicken souvlaki wraps and more. This humble spot is a favourite with West Ham locals.

Pasta Remoli Westfield Stratford

Food at Pasta Remoli

Nearby Westfield Stratford is the place to go for tasty Italian cuisine. Pasta Remoli offers traditional pasta dishes and Roman sauces that will go down a treat. Dine in, take away or buy the ingredients and cook for yourself at home.

Things to do in West Ham

Westfield Stratford

One of Europe's largest shopping centres is just a hop and skip away from West Ham. Westfield Stratford has a large selection of stores that include high street favourites and high-end designers. Spend the day indulging in some serious retail therapy.

West Ham United FC

West Ham players

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. And when in West Ham, head to the 60,000 seater London Stadium and watch West Ham United play while singing along to their iconic songs.

Victoria Park

One of East London's best parks is a short distance from West Ham. Enjoy the tranquil surroundings as you wander the lush greens and admire the lakes in 200-plus acres of scenic open space.

Moving to West Ham

With excellent travel links and a strong sense of community, West Ham is a solid choice for renters – especially if you need to commute into the City. With a good mix of period homes and new builds, you'll have lots of options for somewhere to live. Just don't forget to visit your second home at West Ham's London Stadium.

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