When you scan the things to do in the East End of the London city, you will understand that it is a beautiful mix of old and new things. On one hand, the East End is home to an old flower market that was established in 1869, and on the other, it is where you can traverse the Thames River, slide down an artwork, dive into the best club nights, and be an animal at one of the best and most popular farms in the city. Below is a list of some of the best things that you can do in the East End of London city.
Try the ArcelorMittal Orbit
The curvaceous red tower named ArcelorMittal Orbit, designed by Anish Kapoor was installed at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2012 and was a much unexpected sight. The tower stands 114.5 m (376 ft) tall with a 455 steps staircase and lifts. You can have an interesting view of the city from the top of the tower. You will see the Wembley arches, St Paul’s, and the Shard from the tower. You can also find two distorting mirrors designed by Kapoor, inside the tower. There are also some newly installed telescopes, which can help you to see things clearly from the top of the tower.
The Sutton House in east end is one of the oldest houses in the city and is owned by the National Trust. The red brick Sutton House was built in 1535 for Sir Ralph Sadleir, who was the first secretary of state of Henry VIII. Sutton House is now restored with original authentic decor and has a Tudor kitchen. The house also has Georgian and Jacobean interiors, medieval cellar foundations, an Edwardian chapel, and 1980 graffiti under the roof. In addition, it is believed that the Sutton House has the oldest loo in the city of London, which is a sixteenth century Garderobe. Yet note that the Sutton House closes for maintenance in January every year.
Spitalfields City Farm
In the 1960’s, squatters started the Spitalfields City Farm as an allotment collection and then added many ducks and sheep into the collection. The farm has changed a lot in the years. However, you can find that the original duck pond is still in its place. There are numerous animals in the Spitalfields City Farm. Two animals from the Spitalfields City Farm became famous by appearing in the ‘Awesome Animals’ edition of the ‘Top Trumps’ card game. You can even enjoy a great selection of pesticide-free Bengali vegetables in the farm. There is also a tea hut serving cold and hot lunches in winter weekends and some selected summer days.
Museum of London
By visiting the Museum of London, you can look into the history of the city from prehistoric times to the present time. There are many street scenes, and reconstructed interiors, displayed along with the original artifacts that were found in the archeological excavations conducted by the museum. The year 2016 was the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London that burned for four consecutive days and destroyed most parts of the old London city. Inside the museum, you can walk into London city of the seventeenth century recreated inside the museum and see how the city looked like before and after the great fire.
Lee Valley White Water Centre
This was a 2012 London Olympic Games venue and is now open to the public. You can try adrenaline shooting water sports like canoeing, kayaking, and white-water rafting sessions. In the Lee Valley White Water Centre, you can have a chance to ride the rapids that have challenged the best of the world. You can high side, nose dunk, and spin on the raft adventure of the centre. Other than rafting, the Olympic course and Legacy course are also used for kayaking activities that cater to everyone from beginners to the proficient ones. There are also some new activities like Hydro speeding, which is similar to body boarding.
Dennis Severs’ House
Dennis Severs’ House attracts many visitors. The ten rooms of this Huguenot house are decorated to recreate the life in Spitalfields between the years 1724 and 1914. You can enjoy the ‘still-life drama,’ as called by its American creator Dennis Severs, which takes you through kitchen, cellar, smoking room, dining room, and to the bedrooms upstairs. With candles and hearths burning, objects scattered, and smell lingering; you will feel as though the inhabitants of the house have deserted the rooms shortly. The Dennis Severs House guided tour is not suitable for children though, as these tours are conducted in absolute silence.