Victoria Park Village Neighbourhood Guide

Described as East London’s “leafy little secret”, Victoria Park Village is an oasis of green and is one of the most sought after addresses by home buyers and renters alike.

Located to the north of Victoria Park, the area centres around Lauriston Road and Victoria Park Road and prides itself on feeling like a village with all the benefits of being in a major city.

Known as the People’s Park, Victoria Park is 218 acres of green and is also London’s oldest public space – opening its grassy gates back in 1845. Just before the London Olympics in 2012 the park underwent a huge £12million regeneration scheme and attracts millions of visitors from all over the city every year. Attractions include a boating lake, a Chinese pagoda, children's playgrounds, sports facilities for football, cricket, tennis and lawn bowls. It also hosts the largest firework display in East London.

The area itself is known for its tree-lined streets and rows of Georgian and Victorian terraces, with a good mix of houses and flat conversions. There are also some modern post war housing estates and blocks of flats. If you enjoy period features, village vibes and big open spaces, this is the area for you!

Transport Links:  

Bethnal Green Underground Station (Central Line): City 6 minutes approximately. West End 16 minutes approximately. Stratford International 17 minutes approximately.

Bethnal Green Overground Station: Lea Valley commuter line from Liverpool Street up to Chingford, Cheshunt and Enfield Town. 

There are also a number of well connected bus routes as well as a number of Santander docking stations.

Our pick of Bethnal Green’s top spots:

Caffeine Kick:

Loafing: Located on Lauriston Road, this little gem serves gourmet coffee and is well-loved for its fresh bread and cakes. 

Let’s Do Brunch:

Pavilion Cafe: Serving traditional British food with a Sri Lankan twist, this spot is located lakeside and serves up breakfast all day. well known haunt has been serving full English breakfasts since 1900! 

Deli Downstairs: A family run deli and café which serves and sells seasonal, organic produce. Enjoy brunch or buy a hamper of treats to go. It’s all fresh and it’s all delicious. 

Dinner Date:

Fish House: Described as an ‘ethical’ and ‘honest’ independent seafood restaurant, enjoy daily deliveries of fresh fish and delicious flavours all round. 

Buon Appetito: Italian Sardinian food made from scratch, this place boasts a modern décor yet offers a traditional, mouth-watering menu.dining at its finest and in the beautiful surroundings of Bethnal Green’s Old Town Hall.

The Empress: They do brunch, they do lunch and they serve up a £10 dinner on Monday’s. All fresh, all good.

Proper Boozer:

The Lauriston: If beer and pizza is your thing, then you’re in the right place. As well as a great selection of drinks, they’ve got a mighty stone bake pizza oven right behind the bar. Expect flavour and fun.

Royal Inn On The Park: This pub is situated in a Victorian building so beautiful that they even host weddings. With a great menu and every drink you’ll ever want, this is a great setting for a cosy winter evening or a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Hector and Noble: It’s happy hour every weekday between 5pm and 8pm at this boozer – what’s not to love! Summer barbecues, Sunday roasts and a lovely beer garden; all the ingredients of a proper pub.

The Hemingway: Leather sofas, a hunting motif and a meaty menu. This pub is named after the famous author and is best for a quiet drink and hearty meal. 

Shop 'Til You Drop:

Victoria Park Village is a foodie’s dream with arguably the best butcher, fish shop, organic produce and wine in the area. There’s Ginger Pig, Bottle Apostle, Jonathan Norris and Victoria Park market to name a few and of course we have to give a mention to our brother from another mother, Haus Interiors!

Wild And Free:

Victoria Park is a one stop shop for all thing outdoorsy – walking, running, cycling, boating, football, cricket, tennis, bowls, yoga – you name it, Victoria Park offers it.

Festival Fever:

Victoria Park has played host to some of the biggest events in London and continues to hold its spectacular annual fireworks display every bonfire night. 2018 saw the first (hopefully of many) All Points East festival: stretching over ten days, this festival extravaganza and provides a mix of community-based events, headline acts and a three-day music festival.