Things to do in Bromley-by-Bow

Local Area / 8 July 2022

There are so many things to do in Bromley-by-Bow and the surrounding area, whether you’re looking for places to eat, places to drink, places to shop or places to keep fit.

With an apartment at Leaside Lock you’re perfectly positioned to enjoy it all, so below we’ve put together a list of our favourites. Read on to discover the best amenities in and around Bromley-by-Bow.


The Galvanisers Union

8-minute walk

On its website, The Galvanisers Union proudly describes itself as “a rustic, charming and welcoming pub” and it’s easy to see why.

The fantastic vintage interior is a feast for the eyes, dominated by bold-patterned wallpaper and the interesting textures of reclaimed wooden tables, worn leather upholstery and ornamental metal works.

But this pub’s popularity is about more than just good looks. Regular comedy and quiz nights provide great entertainment, while a fine selection of cask beers and botanical gins ensure punters are always suitably refreshed.


Print House Bar & Kitchen

12-minute walk

The Print House Bar and Kitchen provides a great venue, day or night. This family-run establishment enjoys an excellent location on the River Lea, with a spacious interior and a large outdoor terrace by the water.

The kitchen serves up deliciously fresh sourdough pizza all week and a hearty roast every Sunday, all accompanied by a decent selection of wine and beer.

For evening drinks, check out the Mezcal Verde cocktail bar, which offers a tantalising menu of artisan cocktails in supercool surroundings.


Roman Road shopping

9-minute ride

The eclectic Roman Road area is the place to go for independent shopping. Located in the heart of Bow, this historic street is lined with a wide selection of shops selling all manner of interesting things, from fashion to fishing tackle and pet supplies to garden plants.

However, despite such an amazing selection of shops, Roman Road is defined by its market. Over 150 years old and 500m long, this traditional street market is one of East London’s oldest and finest. Running on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, there’s a veritable treasure trove of goods to explore.

And it’s not all shopping. There’s a world of street food flavours to explore, along with a great choice of coffee shops that make the perfect place to relax, recharge and watch the world go by.


Westfield Stratford City

9-minute cycle

As one of the UK’s largest shopping centres, it’s hard to know where to start with Westfield Stratford City. This enormous complex plays home to over 200 stores that sell almost everything. You’ll find designer fashion, homewares, technology, beauty and much more, plus a great range of cafés for mid-shopping refreshments.

In addition to all that, Westfield Stratford City offers a variety of entertainment for all the family, including a 20-screen cinema, bowling alley and kids’ playgrounds.

Combine this with a wide selection of bars and restaurants and you have all the makings of a great day or night out.


Nunnery Gallery & Café

11-minute walk

Bow is a hotbed for arts and the Nunnery Gallery sits at the heart of it. Surrounded by over 100 local artists’ studios, it’s a real hub for talent.

The gallery can be found in a beautiful former convent building and operates a regular schedule of exhibitions, workshops and events to suit all tastes.

Alternatively, the Nunnery Café makes an excellent place to enjoy coffee and cakes while admiring a selection of prints, pottery, books and other products made by members of the Bow Arts community.


The House Mill

4-minute walk

Once a tidal mill, The House Mill is now a gallery and events space where you can enjoy art exhibitions, music nights, quiz nights and community parties. It’s also possible to take a tour of this fascinating grade 1 listed building, learning about its near 250-year history.

The Millers House Café is a volunteer-run on-site coffee shop serving sandwiches, cakes and hot food. It is predominantly open only to tour and exhibition guests, however, on Sundays it is open to all for takeaways, providing the perfect accompaniment to a leisurely stroll around the beautiful Three Mills Island.


London Aquatics Centre

9-minute cycle

Exercise is extremely important for a healthy body and mind and with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park just around the corner, you couldn’t be better catered for.

Built to host the London 2012 Olympic Games, this spectacular area plays home to state-of-the-art sporting venues, stadiums and facilities, one of which is the London Aquatics Centre.

With a mixture of swimming, gym and fitness classes open to the public, this Olympic venue gives you both the facilities and the inspiration you need to push yourself further.


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