How is life in Stepney? A thorough guide of the neighbourhood

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Wikipedia gives us the quick following overview of the area: “ Stepney Green is a London Underground station located on Mile End Road in Stepney, London, United Kingdom. It is between Whitechapel and Mile End on the District line and the Hammersmith & City line, and is in Travelcard Zone 2. “

Things we love about Stepney

Stepney has a distinct culture and atmosphere. At Cozee we looked at features that define the area’s vibe like food, nightlife, green space, and more. Whether you love to eat or you love to take part in the night life of a city, Stepney has something for your tastes. Explore spots below to get a feel for life here.

The range of gyms in Stepney

As remote work becomes more prevalent, there’s a corresponding rise in gym attendance to maintain fitness. With options like David Lloyd, TheGym, and others, Stepney could be instrumental in helping you stay in shape – a valuable amenity in close proximity.

Gym Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
CrossFit London Arch 30, 150 Buckhurst Street, Bethnal Green, London 4.3 83
Qmotion Sport and Fitness Centre 15 Bancroft Road, London 4.3 196
London Buddhist Centre 51 Roman Road, London 4.3 156
Whitechapel Sports Centre 55 Durward Street, London 4.3 247
Supreme Muscle Supplement Stepney Green 126 Mile End Road, London 4.3 47
KO Boxing Academy 187 Bancroft Road, Bethnal Green, London 4.3 121
Koolboxgym.co.uk The Arches, 186 Globe Road, Globe Town, London 4.3 12
StrongHer Space 19a Cudworth Street, London 4.3 120
énergie Fitness Bethnal Green 115 Coventry Road, London 4.3 375
Yoga Body of Light 119 Roman Road, London 4.3 1
London Capoeira: Ginga de Quilombo 432 Bancroft Road, London 4.3 1
The Gym Group London Stepney Green Wickham House, 69-89 Mile End Road, London 4.3 609
Little Life Lab 51 Mile End Road, London 4.3 1
Taponomics London Whitechapel, Unite Students Pacific Court London 4.3 13
KO Combat Academy 186 Bancroft Road, Globe Town, London 4.3 174
RedSun CrossFit – Globe Town 195 Bancroft Road, Globe Town, London 4.3 88
East London Weightlifting 27A Buckhurst Street, Bethnal Green, London 4.3 4
Precision Health Gym – Whitechapel, London 2-12 Cambridge Heath Road, London 4.3 28
Pilates at Precision Health gym 2-12 Cambridge Heath Road, London 4.3 4
Align Fitness Bethnal Green 54 Three Colts Lane, London 4.3 1

Are the restaurants in Stepney any good?

Stepney is able to produce a large amount of different cuisines if you are looking. Take a look at the table below to find the most popular places to eat if you are a resident of Stepney.

Restaurant Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Genesis Cinema 93-95 Mile End Road, London 4.3 4852
The George Tavern George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, London 4.3 755
The White Hart 1 Mile End Road, London 4.3 1377
Gallery Cafe St. Margarets House Settlement, 21 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, London 4.3 943
Nando’s Whitechapel 9-25 Mile End Road, Bethnal Green, London 4.3 1908
Rama Thai Restaurant 208 Mile End Road, London 4.3 297
Citymax Studios 317 Commercial Road, London 4.3 10
Subway 224 Mile End Road, London 4.3 372
PIZZA GRILL 201 Mile End Road, London 4.3 161
Michael’s Chinese – Stepney 378 Commercial Road, London 4.3 148
Empire 43 Mile End Road, London 4.3 140
Spice Hut 220 Mile End Road, London 4.3 1068
Golden Dragon 228 Mile End Road, London 4.3 87
Tian Tian 166 Mile End Road, London 4.3 228
Teaze Burger Joint 169A Mile End Road, London 4.3 110
Original Fried Chicken 214 Mile End Road, London 4.3 840
Sweet – Stepney 169 Mile End Road, Stepney Green, London 4.3 1478
Café Fresh Stepney Green Stepney, London 4.3 24
Chargrill Stepney Green 98 Mile End Road, London 4.3 126
Kitchen Madras 88 Mile End Road, London 4.3 24

Public houses of Stepney

As Londoners, we cherish our local pubs. Stepney has some great go-to spots. From smaller, more family run chains to larger pubs like WeatherSpoons, there is a pub for everyone in the area.

Pub name Name Address Description
Artful Dodger 47 Royal Mint Street London E1 8LG Ex Ind Coope pub called the Crown & Seven Stars, it is a Grade II listed building. It originally got its licence in 1904 and was closed for four years before finally being re-opened in September 1985.
Astronomer 125-129 Middlesex Street London E1 7JF A Fuller’s Ale & Pie pub re-opened under its new name in July 2016. The beer range has increased (including some interesting bottles) and food is now served from 9.00am. The theme is very much around astronomy and there is some very interesting bric-a-brac to catch your eye as well as the downstairs Hubble Bar. Middlesex Street was originally named Petticoat Lane, possibly prudish Victorians changed the name, but on Sundays it remains home to the famous market.
Bell 50 Middlesex Street London E1 7EX A former Truman’s house.
Black Horse 40 Leman Street London E1 8EU Former Courage pub.
Brown Bear 139 Leman Street London E1 8EY A Grade II Listed Building because part of original glass remains with brass letters on sills and brass rails inside. An excellent Edwardian decorated pub with superb facilities and very comfortable. The food offering is Thai with some English options.
City Bar & Kitchen 9 Stoney Street c/o White Kennet Lane London E1 7BH Opening in October 2017 as a sports bar having been a smokehouse bar for two years. Five handpumps though they only have 3 real ales.
Culpeper 40 Commercial Street London E1 6LP Ex-Truman pub which changed hands and was renamed in 2014. Now unrecognisable, it looks more like a Shoreditch warehouse conversion, with glazed tiles, bare brick, metal bar fittings, parquet floor. Seems very popular, with a trendier after-work crowd. The first floor kitchen is Open and bookable for Lunch Tue-Fri (12 – 3pm) & Dinner Tue-Sat, (6-10.30pm).
Dog & Truck 72 Back Church Lane London E1 1LX Smart and comfortable back street local which is a former Watney Combe Reid pub rebuilt in the 1930’s. Now run by the Bermondsey Pub Co, Food is served all day from the Pieminister range.
Duke Of Somerset 15 Little Somerset Street London E1 8AH Renamed Thirst & Last then back to Duke of Somerset.
George Tavern 373 Commercial Road London E1 0LA Modernised grade II listed old pub with live music and door charge on occasions. Has retained huge tiled painted mural.
Golden Heart 110 Commercial Street London E1 6LZ Exceptionally popular ex-Trumans pub, often packed. Excellent interwar building and interior, in two completely separate bars, although the public bar on the right used to be further divided. Period features include wood panelling on the walls and under the bar, gilt Trumans lettering around the top, brick fireplaces. One of the Inter-War pubs listed in 2015.
Good Samaritan 87 Turner Street London E1 2AE Classic Trumans interwar pub, built in 1937. Later Grand Met, S&N Retail. Had a spell from 1984 as Good Sams, reverting in 1995. Traditional pub well used by staff from the London Hospital, standing room only on peak nights. Patients from the hospital have been known to nip in for a quick drink.
Goodman’s Field 87-91 Mansell Street London E1 8AN Modern Wetherspoon pub not far from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The spacious L-shaped bar is comfortably furnished. The TVs are muted except for major sporting events, and are confined to one area. The three regular beers are accompanied by three guests and a cider (usually Westons). This pub is usually less busy than those nearer the Tower and is fully accessible by wheelchair.
Grapeshots 2-3 Artillery Passage London E1 7LJ Close to Liverpool Street station and tucked away down Artillery Passage, the dark wood panelling and hessian-clad walls here are reminiscent of an old ski lodge, with its cosy nooks and crannies and comfortable seating
Grocer Spitalfields Market London E1 6DW Situated within the redeveloped part of Spitalfields Market, this is a large spacious gastropub with a covered terrace and beer garden. Smart, clean and modern with a quirky mix of furniture as typical of Geronimo Inns. Despite being geared up for diners, drinkers are also welcome – 2 real ales and a Westons cider on handpump. Two tank beers from Meantime.
Half Moon 212-223 Mile End Road London E1 4AA Wetherspoons pub, opened in 1998, an award-winning conversion of a former Welsh Methodist chapel (built in 1900), which had later served as the Half Moon theatre. Two separate rooms, each with its own bar and a different selection of beers. The front room is the former chapel, with a dramatic central “lantern” feature, while the back room is in the modern extension, where the theatre stage used to be. Always very popular with a great mix including office, medical and student custom. Decent patio at side
Horn Of Plenty 36 Globe Road London E1 4DU Refurbished in 2015 retaining a central bar. Maps are displayed on the wall. Quiz night is Tuesday. March 2023 – Kitchen is closed so you can order pizza for delivery.
Leman Street Tavern 31 Leman Street London E1 8PT Opened in February 2016 in a new build as part of the Goodman’s Fields development. The pub is dominated by a central bar, with a restaurant area to the left of the entrance. There is an open kitchen to the rear. Modern design with exposed brickwork and aircon ducting visible.
London Hospital Tavern 176 Whitechapel Road London E1 1BJ Historically this was the London Hospital Tavern (named after the hospital next door), renamed in 2000. Ex-Allied, Ex Punch. Medium-sized interior, broken up by paneled pillars, wood & glass screens, and glass display cases. Busy enough during the week with a relaxed atmosphere, can be heaving towards the weekend with medical and student custom.
Princess Of Prussia 15 Prescot Street London E1 8AZ Former Truman and later S&N pub acquired by Shepherd Neame in March 2005. Two room pub with beer garden at rear. Named after Victoria, the eldest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who married Prince Frederick William of Prussia in 1858.
Running Horse 7 Piazza Walk, Leman St, Goodmans Field London E1 8FU Close to Aldgate station. The Running Horse has the bar sitting centre stage, exhibiting Trumans fresh tank beer. and a range of craft beers. Food is available from an open plan kitchen. The third handpump was occupied by Rosie’s Pig cider on a July 2023 visit.
Sir Sydney Smith 22 Dock Street London E1 8JP The pub has reverted to Sir Sydney Smith. It has 3 hand pumps, 2 in use except at busy times. Sometimes has an offering from a London brewer such as Truman’s, ELB or Southwark , along with varied Greene King ales.
Ten Bells 84 Commercial Street London E1 6LY Shabby chic interior but with striking patterned wall tiling plus 2 large tiled 18th century street scene murals which gave this pub Grade II listing. One of the unfortunate victims during the murderous reign of Jack the Ripper was allegedly last seen alive leaving here. Lunchtime food. Toilets downstairs. 3 handpumps on the bar counter. Classic pub snacks which include homemade pork scratching, pork pies, scotch eggs, sausage rolls and crisps.
White Swan 21 Alie Street London E1 8DA Comfortable pub built on the site of the Half Moon Theatre on the fringe of the City, which can get busy during lunchtimes and early evenings. One bar serves two areas, the smaller of which, the original pub, was extended into the next door building in recent years. There is also a small room upstairs used mainly for dining and private functions. Grade II listed building with wood fronted bar and half wood wall panelling. Display of old photographs and news sheet editions.
Whites Gentlemans Club 32 Leman Street London E1 8EW Now Whites Gentleman’s club.

Museums & Galleries nearby

The vitality of a region is shaped by its residents who live, work, and engage with one another. Exploring an area through art offers a fresh perspective. If you’re considering relocating to Stepney, we highly suggest exploring the local galleries, museums, and cultural establishments. These venues offer delightful experiences, especially on weekends.

Museum name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Young V&A Cambridge Heath Road, London 4.3 4275
Bust of William Booth 11 Mile End Road, London 5 1
Benugo at Young V & A Cambridge Heath Road, London 4.1 76

Parks and green spaces in Stepney

One of London’s greatest features are the large green spaces that cover the surface of the city. Check below if Stepney 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
Bethnal Green Gardens 10 Witan Street, London 4.4 506
Purpleish 123 Roman Road, London 4.3 132
Cranbrook Community Food Garden Mace Street, London 4.8 9
Meath Gardens Smart Street, London 4.4 312
Stayner’s Road Open Space – Stepney Green Osier Street, London N/A N/A
Globe Road Community Garden Globe Road, London N/A N/A
Bancroft Estate Open Space 5 Hadleigh Close, Globe Town, London 4 1
Cressy Place Garden Open Space Cressy Place, Stepney Green, London N/A N/A
Carlton Gardens Bethnal Green, London 4.7 3
Stepney Green Gardens Stepney Green, London 5 1
Beaumont Square Gardens Beaumont Square, London 4 2
Harpley Square Open Space Harpley Square, Globe Town, London 4.8 5
Frank Dobson Square GWFW+43, London N/A N/A
Santander docking station Bethnal Green, London N/A N/A
Buckhurst Street Square 135 Cambridge Heath Road, London N/A N/A
Gardening Colleagues of Stepney Redmans Road, London 5 3
Stepney Green Park Stepney Green, London 4.3 360
Trafalgar Gardens Open Space Trafalgar Gardens, London N/A N/A
Stepney Green Park Dog Park Jamaica Street (Stop W), Stepney Green, London N/A N/A
Colverson Park Open Space Colverson House, Lindley Street, London 2 1

Are there a lot of supermarkets in Stepney?

Finally we wouldn’t like to let you down on where to do your grocery shopping in Stepney. Although solutions like Ocado, Amazon or other delivery services can be a great replacement, knowing if a grocery store is nearby the place you are about to live in is a big plus. Please find below the grocery stores in Stepney.

Supermarket/Grocery store name Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
ALDI Hospital Road, Hounslow 4.1 3473
Tesco Express 419 Hanworth Road, Hounslow 4 114
Sainsbury’s Local 279 Staines Road, Hounslow 3.6 77
Home Bargains Hospital Road, Hounslow 4.4 1646
Londis Green Parade, Whitton Road, Hounslow 5 1
Quality Foods Hounslow 34-62 Staines Road, Hounslow 3.8 2804
Tesco Express 28 Staines Road, Hounslow 3.6 92
Cromwell Superstore 82 Cromwell Road, Hounslow 4 28
Ablecost Superstore 263 Hanworth Road, Hounslow 4.3 74
AFC – Asian Food Centre 175, 165-177 (Bashir’s Parade, 177 Staines Road, Hounslow 4.3 607
Ka Makiti Linslade Close, Hounslow N/A N/A
Maya Foods 364 Staines Road, Hounslow 3.9 277
Lidl Hospital Road, Hounslow 4.3 563
Alminta Ltd Lithuanian, Latvian, Russian food store 71 Bell Road, Hounslow 4.5 184
Staines Food And Wine LTD 395 Staines Road, Hounslow 5 1

The facilities you might need in Stepney

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

Tube & Train stations within the region of Stepney

Most want transit less than a 15 minute walk from home. We put together train and tube stations in Stepney to help find the optimal area for you. It could be that you don’t mind walking or it could be that public transport is necessary for you to get around.

Train or tube station name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Whitechapel 277 Whitechapel Road, London 4.2 389
Bethnal Green Three Colts Lane, London 3.9 50
Whitechapel United Kingdom 4.5 16
Stepney Green United Kingdom 3.8 115
Whitechapel 277 Whitechapel Road, London 4.1 58
Bethnal Green Cambridge Heath Road, London 4 147

Schools in and around the area of Stepney

Having a nearby school is a plus when moving. Below are schools located by Stepney. This table is especially important to pay attention to if you are trying to find a place for your child to learn in the next few years.

School Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
London Buddhist Centre 51 Roman Road, London 4.8 156
Stepney All Saints School Stepney Way, London 3.8 26
Bishop Challoner Catholic School 352 Commercial Road, London 2.9 58
Mazahirul Uloom Stepney Green 241 Mile End Road, Stepney Green, London 4.3 32
Harry Roberts Nursery School Commodore Street, London 4.3 6
Date Palm Nursery 4UN, 82-88 Mile End Road, London 5 5
Jiko Boei Ju-Jitsu Stifford Centre,, Cressy Place, London N/A N/A
Morpeth Secondary School Portman Place, Bethnal Green, London 2.6 21
Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust 275 Bancroft Road, London N/A N/A
East London Drum School 115 Coventry Road, London 5 7
New Birth Day Nursery Tower Hamlets 65 Copley Street, Stepney Way, London 3.7 15
Tower Hamlets Portage Service Meath Gardens Children Centre, 1 Smart Street, Smart Street, London N/A N/A
African Marimba Music 86 Musbury Street, London N/A N/A
QMUL, Academic Development Scape East, 438-490 Mile End Road, London N/A N/A
Guitar Lessons London City 4 Candle Street, London N/A N/A
Phoenix Education Unit 5E Punderson’s Gardens, London N/A N/A
الأكاديمية العلمية للتنمية البشرية 485 Commercial Road, London 5 1
Mulberry Stepney Green Maths, Computing & Science College Ben Jonson Road, Stepney Green, London 2.7 63
Hackney Sub Aqua Club 15 Old Ford Road, London N/A N/A
Marion Richardson School Senrab Street, London 3.9 10

How many hospitals, pharmacies and doctors are there in Stepney?

Stepney has 20 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
The Royal London Hospital Whitechapel Road, London 3.1 1257
Mile End Hospital via A104, Bancroft Road, London 3.4 132
The London Independent Hospital 1 Beaumont Square, London 3.9 984
Albion Health Centre 333 Whitechapel Road, London 1.6 219
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 1 Beaumont Square, London N/A N/A
All About Spines 1 Beaumont Square, London N/A N/A
The Tower Hamlets Centre for Mental Health Bancroft Road, London 1.6 18
Bethnal Green & Globe Town C M H T 51 Three Colts Lane, London 3 6
Royal London Hospital Clinic 3 Stepney Way, London 2.7 6
Nihal’s Hairline 197 Mile End Road, Bethnal Green, London N/A N/A
London Allergy and Immunology Centre 1 Beaumont Square, London 3 2
Mr Ziali Sivardeen 1 Beaumont Square, London 5 1
Mr Mohamed Meh Shibu 1 Beaumont Square, London N/A N/A
Mr Irfan Halim 1 Beaumont Square, Stepney Green, London N/A N/A
Mr Sebastian Dawson-Bowling 1 Beaumont Square, London 1 1
Complex Spine London 1 Beaumont Square, London 5 1
Maxillofacial, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery – Mr Karim Kassam 1 Beaumont Square, London 4.9 69
Cassandra private hospital 1 Beaumont Square, London N/A N/A
London ITU Ltd BMI The London Independent Hospital, 1 Beaumont Square, London 5 1
Tower Hamlets Urgent Treatment Centre Clinic 1, South Tower Clinic 1, South Tower (Cavell Entrance), The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road, London 1.5 56

Post offices in Stepney

Looking for convenient parcel handling? Having a nearby post office is the optimal solution. Beyond standard postal services, the post offices in Stepney can be found by checking out the table below.

Post Office Name Address Average Rating Number of ratings
Whitechapel Post Office 208A Whitechapel Road, London 1.9 162
Whitechapel Delivery Office Royal Mail, Whitechapel Delivery Office, 206 Whitechapel Road, London 1.7 231
Stepney Post Office 7 Westport Street, London 2.9 135
Roman Road Post Office 138 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London 4.3 96
Globe Road (Stepney Green) Post Office 34 Globe Road, London 4 108
Bethnal Green Road Post Office 365 Bethnal Green Road, London 3.8 163
Jubilee St Priority Post Box – Royal Mail 173 Jubilee Street, Stepney Green, London 0 0
Jamaica St Priority Post Box – Royal Mail Jamaica Street, Stepney Green, London 0 0
Bybox site Whitechapel Delivery Office, 206 Whitechapel Road, London 0 0
Royal Mail Post Box Commodore Street, London 0 0
Ben Jonson Road Post Office 52 Ben Jonson Road, London 2 53

Is the local life vibrant in Stepney

Stepney is full of life and things to do. We suggest looking at Timeout for their weekly Stepney event listings to find local activities. Here’s a convenient link to see their upcoming happenings. Having a good grasp of what’s in Stepney 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 Stepney.

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