East Ham is a great place to live and caters to a wide demographic. For families, a new initiative is upgrading child care programs, education options, and even creating community groups. For young professionals, it's a straightforward commute to the City or Canary Wharf. For singles (and everyone, really), the excitement and investment generated by the 2012 Olympics continues to bring in new shops, restaurants, and cultural experiences.
This is a diverse neighborhood. While hipsters are starting to move in as it gentrifies, you’ll also meet Poles, Indians, and immigrants from the Caribbean. In fact, only about 50% of the population speaks English as their first language. The community is still close, however, and you will always find someone who is willing to chat on the streets.
Nature lovers and fitness buffs love East Ham because it has a ton of parks. The parks are well maintained and safe, making them a great spot for a run or a picnic.
As far as buying or renting goes, you’ll want to pick somewhere around Central Park if you can since it tends to have the nicest properties. If you want to save some money, you can go towards the outskirts a bit, but properties here are more likely to need some serious renovations.
For those with children, you'll find several schools in the area rated "Outstanding" by Ofsted.
You will see some of the older, rundown East Ham here and there, including the occasional boarded up shop. Still, the neighborhood is improving quite quickly and is a massive investment scheme by the city will only accelerate things.
The City: 8 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit
Canary Wharf: 5.1 miles / 10-30 minutes by car / 40-45 minutes by transit
Southwark: 8.2 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 45-50 minutes by transit
Westminster: 10.2 miles / 35-75 minutes by car / 50-55 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 8.7 miles / 30-50 minutes by car / 50-60 minutes by transit