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With a diverse and lively local community on its doorstep, Abbey Quay has everything you need in terms of nearby cafés, restaurants and street markets.

A short stroll through the open spaces of Abbey Green will take you to Barking’s bustling East Street with its food markets and characterful independent shops.

The town centre is bursting with life and personality, with great food taking centre stage. Barking is a must for tasty Afro-Caribbean specialities and The Boathouse Café is hard to beat for delicious dishes and its beautiful riverside location. For a wider choice of groceries and household items, Tesco, Asda and Lidl are just a short walk away.

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If shopping’s your thing, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Westfield Stratford City, Europe’s largest shopping mall, which is just a short car or train journey away. For some time to reflect why not visit Eastbury Manor House or The Chase Nature Reserve, less than a 30 minute drive away.

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford is also well worth a visit with its riverside promenades, open green spaces and state-of-the-art sports facilities. If you’re hankering for the great outdoors, head east to The Chase Nature Reserve where you will find 120 acres of lush meadows and wild marshland. Enjoy country walks with the family and the chance to spot water voles, kingfishers and skylarks. Discover the extraordinary history of Eastbury Manor House set in tranquil gardens. Part of The National Trust, its history spans more than 450 years.

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A bright future

A great education is on hand here in Barking with some of the borough’s best schools lying within easy reach of Abbey Quay. When it comes to higher education, London’s world-class universities are within easy reach.


Nurseries by foot

Royal Gate Kids Pre-School 5 Mins by foot
Playaway Nursery (BLC) 8 Mins by foot
Westbury Day Nursery 15 Mins by foot


Primary Schools

St Margaret’s CE Primary School 4 Mins by foot
Northbury Primary School* 5 Mins by foot
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School* 5 Mins by foot
Gascoigne Primary School 11 Mins by foot
Ripple Primary School 18 Mins by foot / 5 Mins by bike
*Also a nursery


Secondary Schools

Greatfields School 15 Mins by foot / 4 Mins by bike
Langdon Academy 16 Mins by foot / 4 Mins by bike
Riverside School 19 Mins by bike / 34 Mins by train
Eastbury Community School 20 Mins by foot / 6 Mins by bike



Newham College London 6 Mins by bike
Barking & Dagenham College – School Of Performing Arts 6 Mins by foot
Technical Skills College 10 Mins by foot



University of East London 16 Mins by bike / 30 Mins by train
Queen Mary, University of London 32 Mins by train / 22 Mins by car
University Square 37 Mins by train / 20 Mins by car
King’s College London 43 Mins by train / 29 Mins by car
London School of Economics (LSE) 51 Mins by train / 30 Mins by car
University College London (UCL) 54 Mins by train / 33 Mins by car
Imperial College London 60 Mins by train / 42 Mins by car


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