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Bethnal Green Area Guide
Our area guide to Bethnal Green gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include E2
Bethnal Green has undergone a dramatic regeneration since its time as an East End haunt for gangsters. Many of the ugly council blocks have now been demolished to make way for new apartment blocks.
Property Types & Architecture
Regent’s Canal dissects East London and runs straight through the heart of Bethnal Green. Its rows of sought-after Georgian houses mix harmoniously with new build loft conversions and ex-local council buildings. Built at the beginning of the 20th century for those working in the furniture trade, The Old Bethnal Green Road conservation area is home to a fascinating selection of flats, houses and studios.
Shopping & Entertainment
Bethnal Green is an exciting place to be with its interesting juxtaposition between the stalwarts that have made the area so popular for so long and the influx of boutique hotels, upmarket shops, fine dining restaurants drawing big name chefs and art galleries. Columbia Road comes alive on Sunday morning as people flock to the busy and well-known flower market to enjoy the atmosphere, have a coffee and pick up some new plants. The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day.
Parks & Commons
Weavers Fields is a local park off Bethnal Green Road that has a café, a children’s playground and two football pitches. There are also lovely walks along Regent’s Canal and the extensive Victoria Park is on the northern edge of Bethnal Green offering a multitude of activities including sports facilities, playgrounds, fishing lakes and splash pools.
Who lives here?
Bethnal Green is popular with young families upsizing from flats to larger terraced properties as well as creative and City professionals whose money can go further than nearby Shoreditch and who are also drawn to the area's transport links into the City via the Central Line tube.
Guide to Bethnal Green transport links
Bethnal Green (Zone 2)
Bethnal Green Local Authorities
Bethnal Green is represented by Tower Hamlets Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
Bethnal Green Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Bethnal Green area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Schools in Bethnal Green & Exam Results
Schools in Bethnal Green fall under the Tower Hamlets Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Bethnal Green by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Bethnal Green
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