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Welcome to westham.london. A guide to the area around the London Stadium.
Time is often tight when going to a game, but you also want to make the most of the day, meet friends eat something and perhaps have a few pints ! This is where westham.london will try to help.


You’ll find the best pubs and restaurants listed as well there distance from the stadium.
Over time the area has had several eras. The most obvious one was the industrial revolution. The remains of victorian manufacturing buildings are everywhere.


The River Lea’s direct link into the Thames allowed easy movement of timber, chemicals, coal and iron to supply East Londons booming factories. This trade prospered until the 70’s. Then, like the London Docks, changes in industrial practices began a decline which continued until the Olympics.
In 2005 a regeneration of the area began. The enormous site had to be cleared of its industrial past and renewed to become the Olympic Park.
There was a past before the industrial revolution. Bronze Age boats rested on the river bed and Roman roads buried for millennia were uncovered. Vikings longboats used the river to plunder. Abbeys and monasteries flourished on it’s banks.


The River Lea for thousands of years was a focus of human activity, progress and development. The factories and yards that lined the river and canals are gone. Access to the tow paths and river banks has transformed in the past few years. Travel is possible to Camden Town, Regents Park, Islington, Limehouse Basin then to Canary Wharf and Wapping in fact the all the Thames. All via the canal tow paths. In doing so can travel back in time into the East End’s past before emerging in glorious Regents Park.
Quite an adventure.

Chan’s Restaurant


The best place to begin is the beginning.

Chan’s Restaurant in Manor Park was the first restaurant I ever went to. It opened in 1941, which is unlikely in itself, and is still there. The menu is nearly the same as 1961, my first visit. Takeaways were wrapped in greaseproof paper and curry came in a pint milk bottle. I can’t remember if you had to bring your own bottle.
It was the areas first taste of the exotic east and remains unchanged, unimpressed by the allegedly more authentic newer arrivals. Everyone goes to restaurants now, some several times a week. They didn’t use to. Chans was the vanguard that established working class eating out.
Chans is not very near the new ground but it’s just over a mile from the Boleyn, so it’s a bit of a detour. Worth it for for a glimpse of the way we were.
Address: 321 High St, North Manor Park E12 6PQ
Phone: 020 8472 3384

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The Howling Hops

The Howling Hop is a tank bar. Which is a bar but the beer is in giant tanks. It’s a definite must visit even if there’s no football involved. Housed in one of the old industrial buildings that pre-date the Olympic Park regeneration its 10 minutes walk to the ground and perhaps the closest bar.
The beer is excellent, possibly the best you’ll find. All the brewing is on the premises just behind the bar, interesting in itself, but the end product is outstanding. The place isn’t lavishly decorated but take no notice of that, just have a good time.
The food is tremendous as well. There’s barbecue and nachos, hot dogs, mac cheese etc.
Does get busy when there’s a game but service is efficient and waits aren’t too bad. Less crowded after games.
Howling Hops is very near Hackney Wick Station so a good place to meet. Incidentally Hackney Wick Station is perhaps the best station for the London Stadium.
Address: Unit 9A Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane E9 5EN
Phone: 020 3583 8262
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Crate Brewery

Crate Brewery

Crate is beside The Howling Hops in Queens Yard. There are loads of decent places in Queens Yard and thereabouts.
Again housed in an old industrial building they brew their own beer but it’s served more conventionally on draught and in bottles. Always busy, you do get served in the end.
The pizzas here are first class and Crate has a picturesque setting with a terrace along the canal. Even without football it’s worth a visit.

Address: Unit 7 Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick E9 5EN
Phone: 020 8533 3331
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Barge East

Having said Howling Hops is close to the ground Barge East is closer. Afloat on the Lee Navigation it’s an interesting place to meet serving good food and drink. On a sunny day the deck is lovely and in winter the interior is cosy.
As the barge is Dutch they have, as well as local beers, some Dutch ones.
Address: River Lee Sweetwater Mooring, White Post Lane E9 5EN
Phone: 020 3026 2807

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Langan’s Brasserie

Unlikely as it may seem Langans Brasserie is 24 minutes from Green Park on the Jubilee Line
to Stratford. It’s an interesting possibility as Green Park Station is directly across the road from the restaurant
Langans is a great place, relaxed and informal, a real destination that’s not too pricey. The house wine, which would do anyone, is £21 a bottle.
While it’s not a place to go every week, on the odd occasion before or after a game or to rendezvous with friends it’s a good choice.

Address: Stratton Street, Mayfair W1J 8LB
Phone: 020 7491 8822
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Cecconi’s Mayfair

Another interesting option due to it’s closeness to Green Park Station. It opens earlier than Langan’s and does a great breakfast, full English £15. Though it’s an Italian place. Also there’s prosecco on draft, which works.
Although Cecconis hasn’t been around as long as Langan’s it feels it has. Again a great place to meet. Food, service and ambience are magnifico.

Address: 5A Burlington Gardens, Mayfair W1S 3EP
Phone: 020 7434 1500
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45 Jermyn St.

Beautiful room with terrific food and service. Bit expensive but the St James location and short walk to Green Park Station make it a great choice. Opening at 7 o’clock for breakfast is useful, stays open all day serving British cuisine.

Address: 45 Jermyn St. St James’s SW1 6DN
Phone: 0207 205 4545

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The Ritz

Possible choice but they have a strict dress code that doesn’t stretch to football shirts. It is right on top of Green Park Station though.
On reflection perhaps not.

Address: 150 Piccadilly, St. James’s W1J 9BR
Phone: 020 7493 8181
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Black Lion

Black Lion

This place used to be packed when the Boleyn was going. A 15 minute walk through various alleys brought you from Plaistow to Green St.
The pub is still a lovely place with very strong West Ham associations. Getting to the London Stadium is a little more involved, but it’s only two stops from Plaistow to Statford which takes 10 minutes.
Address: 59-61 High St, Plaistow E13 0AD
Phone: 020 8472 2351
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Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

This park is open to visit everyday and it is free. The Olympic and Paralympic venues are surrounded by great parks, waterways and playgrounds.
Address: 59-61 High St, Plaistow E13 0AD
Phone: 020 8522 6001
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Westfield Stratford


Where to start with Westfield. It has everything for everybody. There are even a surprising number of specialist shops and restaurants. On the highest floor there’s a “food mall” where a huge number of food concepts, for example Chinese, Italian, sit side by side sharing a seating area. So you can have Thai and a friend can have pizza.
One of the routes to the ground from Stratford Station is directly through Westfield. You pass quite a few bars on the way and there’s also a pub, The Cow, on the way. There are ninety one bars and restaurants in the complex encompassing cuisine from every nation under the sun. Malaysian, Caribbean, Lebanese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Indian, Ribs, Burgers and there’s even a British one.
Westfield Stratford is phenomenal. Incredibly varied and diverse in both the shops and people that visit.
Not everyone is mad about football so Westfield can be an interesting diversion on the day.
Address: Montfichet Road, Olympic Park East London LONDON E20 1EJ
Phone: 020 8221 7300
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There are central line stations at each end of Wanstead High St. The journey takes 8 minutes from either Wanstead or Snaresbrook Station.
There are loads of pubs and restaurants in Wanstead.

The George

The George is a historic pub that’s now a Wetherspoons. Its close to the station and has a great mix of people and a nice atmosphere.
Address: 155-159 High St, Wanstead E11 2RL
Phone: 020 8989 2921
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Sumo Fresh

This is a fantastic, inexpensive, Japanese restaurant. Close to Wanstead Station its nicely informal with an accessible menu. So unfamiliarity with Japanese cuisine doesn’t present a problem.
Address: 141 High St, Wanstead E11 2RL
Phone: 020 8530 7500
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Provendor is at the opposite end of the High St. near Snaresbrook Station. Its determinedly French. The menu’s traditional classic dishes and the cooking is very good. Nothing nouvelle or avantgarde. Bon Appetit. As they say.
Address: 17 High Street Wanstead E11 2AA
Phone: 020 8530 3050
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A surprising number of people don’t know off Wapping. Before there was any thought of regeneration of the East End there was Wapping.
Wapping is the first place to have its character transformed and reconfigured into something appropriate for now. It started in the 70’s in St Katherines Dock with the preservation of the industrial heritage of the dock and changing the warehouses from redundant commercial buildings to residential accommodation. Development continued through the 80’s with warehouses being converted to residential use.
Work carries on today. A major project is the demolition of the Sun printing works, News International, to be rebuilt as high rise flats.
Despite all the activity of the past 40 years Wapping remains intact and is perhaps one of the nicest places in the East End. The renovations have been sympathetic and the old cobbled streets remain. It’s surprisingly relaxed and serene.

In Wapping you’ll find some of the best pubs and restaurants not just in the East End but in London. The journey to Stratford is 20 minutes. I think it’s best to go to Canada Water then the Jubilee Line to Stratford.



Could this be the best restaurant in London? Food, service, ambience, location and cost are the elements to considered. Smiths simply comes top in every area. The fish menu is fantastic as is the service. The room light and spacious. The view of Tower Bridge from every table is spectacular. The set menu is £31.50 for three courses. Whole experience is unbeatable.
Address: 22 Wapping High St, St Katharine’s & Wapping E1W 1NJ
Phone: 020 7488 3456
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Captain Kidd

Captain Kidd

This looks like it could be the oldest pub but in fact is a warehouse conversion from the late 80’s. There’s a great range of inexpensive beer, so you get a lot of locals, old and young. The building is right on the Thames and has big terrace with great views of the river and Canary Wharf.
Address: 108 Wapping High St, Wapping E1W 2NE
Phone: 020 7480 5759
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IL Bordello

IL Bordello

Come out of Wapping Station , turn right, a short walk your at the Bordello. An excellent Italian restaurant and pizzeria. Classic pizzas and generous portions of traditional Italian food. You can’t go wrong.
Address: Metropolitan Wharf, 70 Wapping Wall, Wapping E1W 3SS
Phone: 020 7481 9950
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Town of Ramsgate

Town of Ramsgate

One of the oldest pubs in London. Sitting at the top of Wapping Old Stairs it has witnessed some rumbustious goings on over the centuries. The interior is listed and it has a really lovely bar with a terrace directly on the Thames.
Good choice of beer and decent food. Terrific option before, or after, a game or just to visit. Turn left out of Wapping Station, walk along the High Street for a few hundred yards.
Address: 62 Wapping High St, London E1W 2PN
Phone: 020 7481 8000
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