Exploring The Outer Boroughs of East London

The entire area of London spans over 1500 square kilometres. Stretching out from Essex to Surrey, London is made up of 32 boroughs and many more districts. With their distinct personalities and an incredible variety of entertainment venues, restaurants and many other attractions, guests at the London Suites Montcalm will be spoilt for choice during their stay in the city. Whether you’re on the lookout for a family day out or a nighttime event, there’s an abundance of options in London.


This is especially true of our own home – East London. With so much to do and so many cultural attractions, you could spend days merely exploring the surrounding area of our Montcalm hotels. However, whilst a short stay might mean ticking off the inner-city cultural attractions, those staying for a prolonged period of time or perhaps returning to the city should consider exploring what the outer boroughs of London, most notably East London, could offer them. Below is some information on the outer districts of East London and why they might be worth your time, alongside cultural attractions and travel information.


Dalston is most probably the most central of the boroughs on this list. That being said, it is still a half-hour journey on the overground from Central London. Known for its arts community and party atmosphere, Dalston is one of the go-to areas of London for young people and creatives both visiting and local to the city.

Cultural attractions

Dalston has a broad range of cultural attractions. From the off-West End Arcola Theatre to the amazing EartH music venue, there’s plenty of innovative entertainment. With a range of hidden gems such as the punk rock focused Shacklewell Arms pub and a beautiful bar, London city restaurant and community space known as the Curve Garden, Dalston’s potential is boundless, whatever your age might be.

How to get there

Dalston is easy to reach via the London Overground. Running through and past Highbury and Islington, London Overground services to Dalston stop in both Dalston Kingsland Station for Stratford bound services and Dalston Junction terminus for other services. Both of these services are a mere 5-minute walk from one another, making interchange access very easy.


This up and coming London borough is full to the brim with history. With a popular daily market on the high street and parks and historic attractions, Walthamstow is rapidly evolving into a new hot spot for locals and visitors alike. Incorporated into London in the 1950s’, this area of East London even holds pockets of ancient forest within its borough.

Cultural attractions

Walthamstow is home to the William Morris House, the home of famous Victorian textile artist and philanthropist William Morris. Here you’ll find a free to visit museum exploring his legacy and life, alongside exhibition spaces showing international artworks from a broad variety of mediums. Alongside this, you’ll find the incredibly photogenic God’s Own Junkyard, a neon-lit tourist attraction that houses hundreds of neon signs. Make sure not to miss the Walthamstow Wetlands either, where reservoir run off and nature reserves have created an idyllic haven in the valley between Walthamstow and Tottenham.

How to get there

Walthamstow is easy to reach for guests at boutique hotels near Barbican. With Overground services from Liverpool Street taking just 25 minutes and it being at the East end of the Victoria Line, you can reach the borough from Oxford Circus in no more than 20 minutes.


Enfield is a town and borough of East London that borders on the edges of Essex and has a lot fo beautiful countryside surrounding it. With a broad variety of museums and historic culture, this borough was incorporated into London proper in 1965 and has a history dating back to the Roman roads of the 3rd century.

Cultural attractions

Enfield is home to a range of museums exploring its long history. These include the 17th-century manor house of Forty Hall and the Whitewebbs Museum of Transport. One very unique attraction is the blue plaque above the countries very first cash machine which was opened in 1967.

How to get there

Enfield is only a 33-minute overground journey from Liverpool Street Station, making it easy to reach for East based London package deals hotel guests.


Tottenham is another hidden gem of East London that attracts nature lovers, fitness enthusiasts and night owls to its cultural melting pot. With many redeveloped warehouse areas and new music venues, Tottenham has expanded Hackney and Dalston’s arts culture and is slowly morphing into one of the city’s most up and coming boroughs.

Cultural Attractions

Grow Tottenham is a club, arts venue and bar that hosts weekly events and workshops. With a range of co-working spaces and a nearby bar, Grow sits alongside the Styx venue as one of the up and coming projects of the Tottenham warehouse district. Make sure not to miss the Tottenham Marshes, a beautiful series of reservoirs that connect to Hackney and Walthamstow through canals and lakes.

How to get there

Tottenham is located on the Victoria Line and is easily reachable from the city centre. There is also a national rail service that can transport travellers to and from Stansted Airport in just 30 minutes.


Epping is another outer-borough area of East London that has a long history to it and borders or inf act melds into the county of Essex. Dating back many millennia, Epping and its surrounding forest were once the home of iron age mills and encampments that have roots in and before the year AD61. The area of Epping Forest is one of the most visited green spaces in London and is well worth a visit for nature savvy tourists in the city.

Cultural attractions

Epping is most recognised for being one of the last enclaves of Epping Forest. This once huge woodland has now been reduced to over 4000 acres of land. Though this is still huge, the area once spanned past Epping and as close to London as Walthamstow, from which the borough Waltham Forest retained its name.

How to get there

Epping Forest is located on the Central Line and is easily reachable from the city centre. With a journey of just under an hour, Epping Forest is the perfect spot for a weekend ramble and country pub visit.

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