Newham offers enormous potential as a place
to live and work. It is a thriving area which is undergoing
a remarkable transformation - rapidly emerging as a centre
of commerce and culture.
Situated just three miles from the city, Newham
takes in much of London's revitalised docklands, including
City Airport, the ExCeL international exhibition centre
and luxury homes overlooking the Thames.
The borough is at the
centre of London's plans for the 2012 Olympic games. The
Games will see an 80,000-seater stadium built in Stratford
- which will also be at the heart of a prestigious new
development, Stratford City, comprising 4,500 new homes,
nearly half a million square metres of office space, hotels,
schools and a shopping centre to rival any in the country.
Major regeneration schemes are also underway
in other parts of Newham, including Canning Town and West
Ham. And there's still plenty of space for more development
- the largest available city site in Europe.
It's not just the shining new buildings and
facilities that make the borough a happening place. Newham
has the youngest and most diverse population in the UK.
Over 40 per cent of the 254,000 people in Newham are under
25 years old and more than 100 languages are spoken locally
- from Albanian to Zhuang. All of which makes for an exciting
area rich in culture, flavour and atmosphere where local
people take great pride in being part of a global village.
The borough's youthful vigour and creativity has fused with
the traditional East End values of warmth, friendliness,
community spirit and good humour to make Newham a welcoming
place with a unique character.
Newham is a great place to buy a house with
better prices than comparable parts of London. It's also
a great place to stay when visiting the capital. With ten
brand-new hotels, including the unique West Ham United with
rooms overlooking the football pitch at Upton Park, there
is accommodation to suit every pocket. It's much cheaper
than staying in the centre of London and yet it's only 20
minutes from most of the top attractions.
As well as being an excellent base for exploring
central London, there is also plenty to see and do here.
For a taste of the real London, look no further than Green
Street - dubbed 'the Bond Street of the East End'. A refreshing
break from the chain stores of most high streets, it has
over 400 independent shops representing cultures from around
the world, selling food, jewellery, designer saris (as worn
by the Cherie Blair!) and a myriad of cafes and restaurants
serving authentic international cuisine.
Nearly ten per cent of the borough is green
space and visitors can take advantage of a range of sports,
leisure and activities around the borough's parks. Outside
of Newham, but within easy reach are Wanstead flats and
Epping forest and East London's favourite seasiside resort,
Southend, is just half an hour away.