11 things you’ll only know if you’re East London born n’ bred – My London



Growing up in a town, city or village is a very different experience from just moving to a place in your adult life.

That is when you really get to know the ins and outs of the place that you call home.

All the things you are told, the places you visit as a child and things you learn along the way makes you realise you know all the quirky and personal details that prove your home is more than meets the eye.

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You realise that not everyone knows the things you do and you can clear up any misconceptions proudly because you don’t want your area to have a bad reputation.

Living in East London has taught us so many things and has essentially shaped us into the person we are today.

Here are some of the things you’ll only know if you were born and bred in East London.

When someone says they want to go shopping, they really mean Westfield

We can’t stay away

They really didn’t have to flex this hard.

Why travel so far when you literally have the shopping centres of all shopping centres at your feet. Forget about shopping else where, this Stratford shopping centre has you covered.

When this shopping centre first opened in 2011, people from all across London come to it for the shopping experience of a life time. If you remember, the first few visits were packed full of shoppers.

It’s no wonder people would want to come here with over 200 shops, vue cinema, a bowling alley and food court.

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Where’s your favourite place to visit in East London? Let us know in the comments here.

Everyone thinks you went to the school in Educating the East End

Fredrick Bremer school featured in the popular documentary series that aired on Channel 4 about the educational system in schools in the UK.

The show become very well known after this, but you wonder when people ask you if you went to that school, that they think it’s the only school in East London entirely or worth mentioning about.

Most people living here thought that Epping Forest was in East London

Yep, it’s amazing but we can’t claim the credit for it (Image: Victoria Jones/PA Wire)

Although being very close to Leyton, which is in East London, the famous Epping Forest is actually apart of Essex.

There are more Dixy chicken shops than you can count

Whenever you got hungry, you could always rely on Dixy to provide you with a good chicken and chips meal.

The shops are around every corner no matter which part of East London you are in.

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Being reminded in school that David Beckham grew up in the same area

We can’t all be as successful as David! (Image: Clive Mason /Allsport)

Growing up in the city where a famous footballer lived definitely came with its pressures.

Yes, we get that he become a success but that shouldn’t make us feel bad about ourselves.

David Beckham grew up in Chingford and attended football academies here before signing to Manchester United. He’s even founded an academy in the area too.

Not all your friends ended up going to the universities in East London

The majority of East London ended up studying in either different parts of London or in the UK, but that doesn’t stop people from assuming you know people that went to the university in your local area.

We get it’s convenient but most of these universities might not even have the courses you want to do and who said we should limit ourselves?

Everyone took at least one trip to the London Olympic stadium

A bonus point if you’ve been up here (Image: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

We become very proud when we found out that the area that was holding the biggest sporting event in the world would take place in good old Stratford.

Knowing this, we couldn’t make any excuses not the visit the stadium at least one, because it is local after all.

It’s not Bonfire Night without a visit to Waltham Forest to see the fireworks

If you lived in East London, or are still living here, you would know that there is no escaping the excitement and the noise of Bonfire Night when you can hear it so loudly from your house.

But the Town Hall in Waltham Forest is where it’s at – pre-pandemic of course.

A lot of Luther was shot here

If only we could see Idris in our local Sainsbury’s (Image: BBC)

It’s still hard to believe that many of the scenes in the crime drama Luther starring Idris Elba were shot in East London.

We might have been shocked and had had to rewind and pause just to see the places up close and more than once.

Sadly, we don’t see Idris roaming about the streets so much.

No, Walthamstow Market isn’t the largest in Europe

Everyone you know that lives in East London at some point sprouted the fact about Walthamstow market was the largest market in the whole of Europe.

Then one day the earth shatters when you’re told this isn’t true – it’s actually the longest.

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The moment you realised that EastEnders use the E20 postcode

EastEnders is set in fictional Walford (Image: © BBC 1985)

E20 is the postcode used by EastEnders meaning that the soap is technically set in Stratford.

They could have picked anywhere in this big city London but choose here! In some way, it feels like an honour.