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.