Newham is a borough of London that lies north of the River Thames and very much in the heart of east London. The borough contains the Olympic Park that hosted one of the world’s biggest ever sporting events in the summer 2012 and a number of well-known London districts such as West Ham, Forest Gate and Beckton. Newham’s boundary lines are marked to the south by the River Thames and to the west by the River Lea, which runs through Stratford and Canning Town. The area is a thriving and vibrant part of London that is packed with residential and business premises but also has some very appealing and pleasant areas of parkland. Newham also contains London City Airport and the ExCeL London exhibitions and international convention centre.
Setting up your business here
Newham is an excellent business location and is home to dozens of small-to-medium sized companies. The borough lies just five miles east of the City of London and even closer to Canary Wharf, which are two of the UK’s foremost financial services hubs. The A13, a major road route in and out of central London, bisects Newham and the borough is well-served in terms of transport links by both the Tube and the Docklands Light Railway system. Companies with operating bases in Newham include Laing O’Rourke Utilities, the mortgage broker London & City Financial Services and the publisher PQ2.
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Things to do in Newham
Newham is a varied and energetic area, with a huge amount going on at any given moment. There are numerous local markets operating across the borough at various times of the week and the district is a centre of major sporting venues for east London and the capital as a whole. As well as the Olympic Park, Newham is home to Upton Park, which is where the Premier League football team West Ham United play their home matches to packed crowds throughout the year. Elsewhere in the borough, you’ll find a major new attraction for east London in the shape of the Westfield Shopping Centre, one of the largest retail and entertainment complexes in the city. There are also some excellent places to eat out in and around Newham, not least Nakhon Thai, the Caribbean Scene Royale or the Upper Deck Restaurant, all of which you’ll find in the Docklands area. Quality bars in the borough include King Eddie’s in Stratford, the Black Lion in Plaistow and the Miller’s Well on Barking Road.
- Tube lines: Circle, Hammersmith & City, District, Jubilee
- Mainline stations: West Ham, Plaistow, Upton Park
- Nearest motorways: M25 via the A13
- Nearest airports: London City, Heathrow, Stansted, Gatwick
- Other: Docklands Light Railway serves all southern areas of the borough