Canals, Rivers, Parks & the Olympics

We start by seeing the impressive memorial to the World War 2 disaster at Bethnal Green tube station. Then it’s on to Mother Kelly’s doorstep, i.e. Paradise Row, and walk through an interesting, surprisingly leafy part of Bethnal Green including popping in to the V & A Museum of Childhood to see the spectacular inside of the building. Then we walk through a good slice of beautiful Victoria Park to see a lovely lake, a Chinese pagoda and something built by the world’s greatest ever philanthropist, and hear about her amazing life. Then we pop into Sylvia Pankhurst’s Bow for a brief visit to see where she was once famously arrested as a suffragette and where she set up her groundbreaking World War 1 childcare and food provision facilities. Having then headed along a pretty canal complete which charming old barges, we cross the River Lea, which means we are no longer in the East End. We’re at the Olympic Park to see its many waterways, the Orbit and the Aquatic Centre, and to hear the story behind how they all got there. We finish at a café or DLR station at the edge of the park.

Start: Bethnal Green underground station
Finish: Pudding Mill Lane DLR station