Is Barking a nice place to live in?

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Barking is a riverside town in East London, England, within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It is 9.3 miles (15 km) east of Charing Cross, bordered by Ilford to the North, Dagenham to the East and East Ham, London to the West. The total population of Barking was 59,068 at the 2011 census. In addition to an extensive and fairly low-density residential area, the town centre forms a large retail and commercial district, currently a focus for regeneration. The former industrial lands to the south are being redeveloped as Barking Riverside. “

In Barking, what things may you need?

We have compiled for you a list of the different places you might want to check in Barking name before moving in the neighbourhood.

Tube & Train stations nearby Barking

Most prefer transit within a 10-15 minute walk and if there aren’t public connections nearby then this could be something that takes down the price of property or can even deter people from moving in to Barking entirely. Here is a table below so you can see where these connections are for yourself.


Health amenities that are in Barking

Barking has 5 medical institutions. These include hospitals, doctors offices, pharmacies and other stores providing medical attention. Here are the details the nearby medical institutions (1000 radius of the area).

Medical institution Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Green House Surgery 12 Movers Lane, Barking N/A N/A
PISHON HEALTHCARE LTD 160 London Road, Barking N/A N/A
King Edwards Medical Centre Medical Centre, 1 King Edward’s Road, Barking 2.1 100
Medical Centre Tanner Streeth 148 Tanner Street, Barking N/A N/A
Dental & Medical Clinic in Barking 98 Longbridge Road, Barking 3.8 729

Post offices of Barking

Nearby post offices make sending and getting packages easy. In a post office you can do things like exchange currency, post your packages, buy everyday items and even redirect your mail. It is likely you will use one at some point if you were to move in to the area so we have compiled the post offices nearby in a table below so you know if this area is the right place for you.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Barking Delivery Office Royal Mail, Delivery Office, 9 Movers Lane, Barking 1.9 140
Barking Post Office Unit 40, The Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Ripple Road, Barking 3.6 158
East Street Post Box – Royal Mail 33 East Street, Barking 0 0
Royal Mail Postal Box The Old Granary, Town Quay, Barking 5 1
Post Centre Ltd 36-38 Station Parade, Barking 2.8 4
Royal Mail Parcel Postbox 9 Movers Lane, Barking 5 1

What schools are nearby in Barking?

Having a school near the place you live is a great feature of the property you are about to move in. Please find below a list of the schools within the area of Barking.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Langdon Academy 96 Sussex Road, London 2.8 76
The Enchanted Castle (Day Nursery) LTD 557-565 Barking Road, London 4.8 28
BSEP – Balkan Supplementary Education Project LTD St Margaret’s Centre, The Broadway, North Street, Barking N/A N/A
Abbey Leisure Centre Bobby Moore Way, Barking 3.7 541
Northbury Primary School Northbury Close, Barking 3.8 30
Zurbel Training College Zurbel Training, 121-125 Ripple Road, Barking 4.9 11
Westbury Day Nursery Westbury Centre, Ripple Road, Barking 5 4
Greatfields School Net Street, Barking 3.8 35
Lady Aisha Academy 2 Victoria Road, Barking, Ilford 4.2 26
Kumon Maths & English St. Paul’s Church Hall, Burges Road 4.8 21
Abbey Nursery North Street, Barking 4.3 48
Madrasatul Haramayn for Tahfeedhul Quran 2 Victoria Road, Barking N/A N/A
St Margaret’s C of E Primary School 15-19 North Street, Barking 5 5
Playaway Day Nursery – BLC 2 Town Square, Barking 5 2
Kumon Maths & English Barking Learning Centre, 2 Town Square, Barking N/A N/A
Janna’s Tuition 1 Arboretum Place, Barking N/A N/A
Rainbow Friends Childcare 5 Drydock Square, Barking 4.5 8
Orange and Lemon Pre-School Abbey Community Centre, Cowbridge Lane, Barking N/A N/A
TCES Create in the Community 3 Queen’s Road, Barking N/A N/A
Linguist Point 121-125 Ripple Road, Barking 4.2 9

In Barking, what are some things we love?

What makes the heart of Barking? At Cozee we asked ourselves what would define the culture, the vibe of a given area. We have come up with the following elements so whether you are a foodie or a night bird, we got you covered. Check out the different restaurants, pubs, gym that exist in Barking to help you decide to move in there.

What are the range of supermarkets like?

Perhaps one of the most common amenities in Barking would be supermarkets. Below, you will be able to tell what type of supermarket there are in Barking and what company operates here.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Sainsbury’s 80 Dog Kennel Hill, London 4.2 2970
Londis 71 Herne Hill, London 3.9 53
Tesco Express 242-248 Coldharbour Lane, London 3 42
COSTCUTTER 207 Coldharbour Lane, London 4 6
M&S Food To Go Denmark Hill, London 4.3 122
Tesco Express 128 Herne Hill, London 3.4 34
Sainsbury’s Local 132a Herne Hill, London 3.5 31
I A A Supermarket 309 Railton Road, London 4 10
Moorlands Grocery Convenience Store 52 Corry Drive, London 3.9 37
Anijh Supermarket 20 Crossthwaite Avenue, London 3.9 15
Pay Less Food & Wine London 324 Coldharbour Lane, London 3.9 17
Hamilton Supermarket 128 Railton Road, London 4.1 55
Tesco Express 125 Denmark Hill, London 3.5 13
Budgens Budgens, Half Moon Lane, London 4.1 64
Budgens 112-114 Coldharbour Lane, London 3.9 38
Lana Supermarket 46 Atlantic Road, London 3.9 7

Are the restaurants in Barking any good?

Barking is rich in restaurants, from Indian, Chinese or Italian ones, your area is vibrant with life and the foodies that you may be will surely find what you are looking for.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Premier Inn London Barking hotel Highbridge Road, Barking 4.3 649
McDonald’s 41 East Street, Barking 4.3 2071
Shell London Road, Barking 4.3 111
De Lounge 2 Linton Road, Barking 4.3 837
Ventex Ltd Unit 5, Abbey Industrial Estate, Abbey Road, Barking 4.3 3
Munchies 32 Ripple Road, Barking 4.3 83
KFC Barking – Station Parade 39 Station Parade, Barking 4.3 1019
Jerkpit Caribbean Smokey Grill 109 Ripple Road, Barking 4.3 266
Griller Barking 41 Station Parade, Ilford, Barking 4.3 176
Grilago 130 Fanshawe Avenue, Barking 4.3 228
Golden Dragon 202 Ripple Road, Barking 4.3 70
Kebabish Original (Barking) 95 Longbridge Road, Barking 4.3 124
Subway Loxford Service Station, 433 Ilford Lane, London 4.3 94
Ariana Restaurant Barking 100 Longbridge Road, Barking 4.3 397
Domino’s Pizza – London – Barking Unit 1a Longbridge Road, Barking 4.3 167
Mali Restaurant 80 Longbridge Road, Barking 4.3 39
Nando’s Barking Unit 1, The Odeon, Longbridge Road, Barking 4.3 1513
Chunky Grill & Pizza 41 Station Parade, Barking 4.3 359
Pizza Hut Delivery 89 Longbridge Road, Barking 4.3 197
Pizza Go Go Barking 79 Longbridge Road, Barking 4.3 189

Gyms in Barking

More at-home work means more gym-goers. Major chains make staying active in Barking easy.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Oasis Sports Centre 32 Endell Street, London 4.3 788
Virgin Active Shell-Mex House, 80 Strand, London 4.3 299
Gymbox Holborn 100 High Holborn, London 4.3 340
Nuffield Health Covent Garden Fitness and Wellbeing Gym 9 Endell Street, London 4.3 130
Fitness First 6 Bedford Street, London 4.3 345
Yogarise Covent Garden – Yoga classes in Covent Garden, London 13 Mercer Street, London 4.3 62
Jubilee Hall Gym 30 The Piazza, London 4.3 111
Covent Garden Physiotherapy Ground Floor, Durham House, 1 Durham House Street, London 4.3 46
PureGym London Waterloo 11-15 Brad Street, London 4.3 234
Body Control Pilates 35 Little Russell Street, London 4.3 36
The Health Club at One Aldwych One Aldwych Hotel, 1 Aldwych, Covent Garden, London 4.3 16
CryoAction Limited 71-75 Shelton Street, London 4.3 1
The Gym Group London Charing Cross 17-21 Northumberland Avenue, London 4.3 227
Fujian White Crane Kung Fu & Tai Chi – Covent Garden & West End Green Dragon House, 23 Stukeley Street, London 4.3 N/A
Digme Fitness Covent Garden 4-10 Tower Street, London 4.3 150
Boom Cycle – Holborn 16 Procter Street, London 4.3 91
The Gym Group London Holborn Circus 1 Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London 4.3 263
Central Health Physiotherapy Quality House, 5-9 Quality Court, London 4.3 299
Tranquility Pilates Studio Ltd 16-18, New Bridge Street, London 4.3 5
ESPA Life at Corinthia Whitehall Place, London 4.3 246


As Londoners, we love our local pubs. Barking has great ones to become your new regular spot. Consider these if visiting or moving to the area of Barking.

Pub name Name Address Description
Boleyn Tavern 1 Barking Road East Ham E6 1PW Built by Cannon Brewery in 1899, architects Shoebridge and Rising. Until 2016 when West Ham United Football Club’s stadium, the Boleyn Ground, closed. The pub was the centre of the universe on match days. Reopened in June 2021 after a spectacular £1.5 million restoration by Remarkable Pubs with the aim of making the interior look like it was when it first opened. New hand-crafted wooden screens have been created, complete with acid-etched and brilliant cut glass, replicating one of the original wood and glass panels in the old saloon bar. This means the original seven bar layout has been restored. The highlight is the massive coloured glass skylight that spans what once would have been a billiards room, but is now an open kitchen, servery and dining area. In September 2023 the pub was operating a “Beer Card” system whereby you get a beer card stamped when you buy a beer. When the card is full (9 stamps) you qualify for a free beer. This is open to all customers.
Denmark Arms 381 Barking Road East Ham E6 1LA This grade II listed building, opposite East Ham town hall, dates from about 1890 and extended in about 1900. Now an Antic pub and having their usual interior design of going back to basics. This time it shows the old layout of a multi-room bar. With a function room upstairs available, being used for Arts & Craft fairs, Vinyl fairs, Love music and shows. A popular Pub Quiz is hosted on Thursday night.

Green spaces and parks of Barking

One of London’s greatest features are the large green spaces that cover the surface of the city. Check below if Barking is a good fit for you. Be it for a simple walk or for a casual summer picnic.

Park Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Jubilee Gardens Belvedere Road, London 4.5 1413
Elm Court 1 Pump Court, London 4.3 6
Middle Temple Gardens 3 Middle Temple Lane, Temple, London 4.7 82
Bernie Spain Gardens South Bank, London 4.4 488
Bloomsbury Square Garden 14 Bloomsbury Square, London 4.3 2017
The Phoenix Garden 21 Stacey Street, London 4.6 461
LGBT Chairs ️‍ Ground Floor, South East Wing, Bush House, 300 Strand, London 5 1
Victoria Embankment Gardens 4 Temple Place, Temple, London N/A N/A
Potnotch Jubilee Market, Tavistock Street, London 5 1
London Memorial Garden Savoy Place, London 3.8 4
Drury Lane Gardens 58 Drury Lane, London 3.9 16
Fountain Court Temple, London 4.6 8
Southbank boardwalk South Bank, Unnamed Road, London 4.8 13
Street Art Skaterpark 337-338 Belvedere Road, London N/A N/A
National Theatre garden terrace South Bank, National Theatre, London N/A N/A
The Diamond Jubilee Penny Maze Henrietta Street, London 5 1
Southbank (River Thames South) Walkpath. Unnamed Road, London 4.8 18
Victoria Embankment Gardens Villiers Street, London 4.6 2523
Diamond Jubilee Garden St Pauls Church, Bedford Street, London 4.4 12
BIG 7 7 Bell Yard, London N/A N/A

Museums & Galleries

Art helps discover an area’s culture. Galleries and museums are great weekend enjoyment and you can find where all the fun is happening by checking out the museum and galleries table for Barking below.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Women’s Museum Barking Wharf Square, Barking N/A N/A

Is the local life vibrant in Barking

Barking is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Barking event listings to find local activities. Here’s a convenient link to see their upcoming happenings. Having a good grasp of what’s in Barking and where helps get situated when moving. Our map compiles property price points and other details from this article to outline what’s available in Barking.

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What do you think about Barking?

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If you need a comparison of other nearby neighbourhoods besides Barking, Cozee Properties have provided you with guides with information on other areas too.

Neighbourhood name Link to our guide
Beckton See the guide here
Plaistow See the guide here
East Ham See the guide here
Upton Park See the guide here
Manor Park See the guide here
Little Ilford See the guide here
Ilford See the guide here
Beckton See the guide here
Plaistow See the guide here
East Ham See the guide here
Upton Park See the guide here
Manor Park See the guide here
Little Ilford See the guide here
Ilford See the guide here

If you are looking to buy or sell a property and want to get an idea of how the market works there, have a look at our property prices guides below

Postcode area Link to our property price guide
E6 See our property price guide for E6
IG11 See our property price guide for IG11

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