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Bethnal Green, London

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Bethnal Green is an area in the East End of London centred 1 mile (1.6 km) northeast of Liverpool Street station. It has two Overground stations (one being named Cambridge Heath) and one Underground station. It currently also gives its name to an electoral ward of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and co-encompasses St Peter's ward (emulating its Anglican daughter parish to that saint). Part of the area holds conservation area status, chiefly due to protected small, public greens and listed buildings. The area emerged from the hamlet which developed around the Green, much of which survives today as Bethnal Green Gardens, beside Cambridge Heath Road.

Economic focus has shifted from mainstream farming produce for the City of London – through highly perishable goods production (market gardening), weaving, dock and building work and light industry – to a high proportion of commuters to city businesses, public sector/care sector roles, construction, courier businesses and home-working digital and creative industries. Identifiable slums in the maps of Booth in Life and Labour of the People in London (3 editions, 1889–1903) were in large part cleared befre the aerial bombardment of the Second World War which accelerated clearance of many tightly packed terraces of small houses to be replaced with green spaces and higher-rise social housing. In 1943, such a bomb killed 173 people at Bethnal Green Underground station. Bethnal Green has stations on the London Underground and London Overground. In 2005, commuters on Hackney Road which straddles Bethnal Green and Haggerston bore a terrorist attack on London bus route 26 amid others on the same day.
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  • I was there, map in hand, for the January/February Condo art initiative which includes several galleries in the area. It is an authentic East London area with a few highlights such as the Museum of.....  more »
  • I really felt comfortable in Bethnal Green. Great connection from anywhere to this area. Great breakfast/lunch bars. Dinner was okay-ish. I think Shoreditch has more to offer there. Supermarkets...  more »

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