Things to do in Barking and Dagenham

East London has a lot to offer, with certain areas becoming increasingly desirable due to rapid regeneration. A vibrant borough that we’re keeping an eye on is Barking and Dagenham, which is seeing significant growth in the arts and cultural sectors and an influx of jobs and new homes. More and more young people are moving further eastwards in search of affordable homes, so we’re pleased to have built a development for first time buyers right in the heart of this exciting borough!

Barking and Dagenham has over 25 parks and gardens and even its own nature reserve, offering residents an escape from city life. It also has a thriving market in the town centre, an abbey and a wealth of independent local businesses. To top it all off, great transport links mean that central London is just a 16 minute journey away.

Our Pocket homes in Barking and Dagenham are right in the heart of this area of regeneration, making them a great investment for first time buyers. Read on to find out the best things to do in Barking and Dagenham so you can take full advantage of this dynamic borough.

Do your shopping at Barking Town Centre Market


It’s impossible to ignore the thriving market stalls breathing life into Barking Town Centre, with an offering that ranges from international foods to well-priced clothes and accessories. There are over 80 stalls open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays giving the area a lively buzz, but don’t confuse it with the Dagenham Sunday Market in River Road, which draws in an even bigger crowd with its 600 stalls.

Explore the historic Barking Abbey ruins


Despite the enormous growth we’re seeing in Barking and Dagenham, the borough still retains its historic roots. Tucked away in an area of parkland called Abbey Green, the present Barking Abbey ruins date back to the 12th century, although prior buildings on the site dated back much earlier. If you head inside the Grade II Listed Curfew Tower, you’ll find the coat of arms of Barking and Dagenham, and you can visit the site each spring for the annual classical concert hosted there.

Sip a riverside drink at the Boathouse Café


Overlooking River Roding, the Boathouse Café is a hidden gem near our Pocket homes in Barking, ideal for grabbing a coffee or enjoying beers with friends on the private terrace. The quirky interior is reflective of the up and coming Icehouse Creative Quarter that it’s tucked away in, and the owner actively supports the community by fundraising for local charities, showcasing emerging local artists and selling products from local suppliers.

It’s clearly exciting to be living in Barking and Dagenham right now, with a stream of first time buyers making their way to this up and coming borough. With an increasing number of bars and cafes popping up and plenty of green spaces to balance out city life, you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to take advantage of what Barking and Dagenham has to offer.

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