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Sample the life of a true Cockney in East Ham

If you want to get a true feeling of an Eastender's London, the village of East Ham is probably the best place to start. Just 8 miles north of Charing Cross in the capital's city centre, the British Museum, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London are all within reach in a matter of minutes.

Discover the East Ham Nature Reserve and Visitor's Centre

This 6-acre nature park is a haven in the bustling east district of London, and best of all - it's free. Go on a minibeast expedition where kids can be on the lookout for grasshoppers, centipedes and spiders in the grasslands of the reserve. Meanwhile, adults can take in the sights of the more macabre moments in British history, from the graves of victims in the sinking of the Titanic to monuments damaged by the blitz in WWII.

Explore Brick Lane

For galleries, shops, markets and some of the best curry you'll ever try, head to Brick Lane. In the evening, the area is known for its eclectic music scene and relaxed beer gardens. Planning a trip to East Ham? The Travelodge London Barking hotel less than two miles away. The Travelodge London Excel hotel is also close by and is right next to the famous exhibition centre, or the Travelodge London City Airport hotel gives you close access to the capital's city centre airport.