Mile End Area Guide

UK Area Guides

Mile End, East London


Living in Mile End

Mile End is an area of East London that attracts a wide range of people. From students at Queen Mary University and young City professionals to families, those who move to this area enjoy a combination of good access to parks and attractive period properties and proximity to trendy East London locales like Whitechapel as well as great transport links. The area has a good range of local shops and restaurants catering to the mixed community of residents.




With a mixed population of students and young professionals as well as families, the area is very lively and has a unique character. There is a definite cafe and foodie culture in this area, as well as numerous children's facilities and playgroups. 


Mile End, and the wider surrounding area, is rated as having average crime by the Met police. The 2014/2015 crime rate and violence against the person rate were both very slightly higher than the rates for London as a whole. 


Mile End is a central and fairly urbanised location, and parking is not especially easy or cheap here. The road links, especially the A11 to the A12, are good - but can suffer from congestion. Car ownership in this area is half the London rate.


Young professionals and students at Queen Mary University have encouraged investment in bars, and restaurants in the area. Transport links into other nightlife destinations, for more of a club scene, are very good, with the Central Line (running a Night Tube service at weekends) serving the station. 

Family Friendly

This area has a lot of green space, including Mile End Park and Victoria Park. Mile End has a lot of facilities geared toward families and children, including the Children's Park and several other play areas as well as the Ragged School Museum. The age distribution in this area is mixed. A similar percentage of Mile End residents are aged 0-15 as in London overall, but the percentage of working-age residents is notably high. There are few older people living here.

Pet Friendly

Housing in this area ranges from more pet-friendly Victorian terraces to modern apartment blocks. There is good access to green space in this area, which has its own park, and is located just to the South of Victoria Park. There are also several waterways in this area to walk along. This would be a fairly good place to own a dog. 


Mile End is centrally located in Zone 2, and its station is served by the Central, Hammersmith & City, and District Lines. Stepney Green and Bow Road are on the Hammersmith & City and District Lines. There is Overground access at Bethnal Green, and the DLR at Bow Church. The area is well-served by buses, including night buses. Road links are fairly good, and include the A11 to the A12. London City Airport is relatively close by.