Borough on the up
Just east of the trendy hot spots of Spitalfields and the sports and shopping facilities of Stratford, and just west of the sprawling Rainham Marshes nature reserve, sits the East London enclave of Barking and Dagenham. This is a borough that’s on the up and the council have grand designs for its future which include a redesigned station, a rejuvenated Town Centre and shopping district, alongside thousands of new high-rise homes with a “loose grid” street layout and a central park (hello New York).
Did you know? Barking is hot tipped to become ‘Barcelona on Thames’ by Barking and Dagenham council as the new riverside marina development promises big things from the capital’s latest regeneration hotspot.
Population (borough of Barking and Dagenham): 206,500 (mid-2016 est.)
Commute length: approximately 15 minutes
Annual train ticket: £1,960 (based on Barking to London Fenchurch Street)
Average house price: Semi-Detached; £357,581 / Terraced; £325,012
Average monthly rent: £1,278pcm (2 bedroom flat)