Plaistow | Homefinders


One of the most famous places of historical interest has to be the Black Lion Public House. This place was said to have links to the infamous highwayman of the 18th Century, Dick Turpin. It is also here where the England footballer Bobby Moore and other West Ham Footballers in the 1960s and 1970s would go for a drink.

Of course, there is more to the area than a single pub. There is The Greenway walk which runs through which gives access to the up and coming Olympic Park. There is also Memorial Recreation Ground for basketball and football as well as Hermit Road Recreation Ground which I hear is nice in the summer for its display of flowers.

Further relaxation or exercise (depending on your preference) can be found in Newham Leisure Centre which offers a swimming pool, fitness suite, floodlit synthetic pitch and a sauna. There is also the Terence McMillan Stadium, home to the Newham and Essex Beagles Club which has produced many a gold wining athlete and will hopefully to continue to do so.

Access to the area can be through numerous stations that surround the area, the main ones being Plaistow and West Ham tube stations for District Line access. Being a mainly residential area, Balaam Street and Barking Road are the main shopping spots in the locality with a wide variety of wares on offer.

A lot of Victorian house are in the area with the odd new development cropping up here and there. All in all, one of the more vibrant places to live within Newham.