About Newham

Newham is a young, diverse, vibrant and ambitious borough with a huge amount to offer to people who are innovative and creative in their thinking. It is a place that is being transformed and putting people at the heart of everything it does. Our residents deserve those who are prepared to embrace change, seize opportunities and disrupt what is normal.

The borough of Newham includes and extends from Stratford, Forest Gate and Manor Park in the north to Canning Town, Royal Docks and Beckton in the south. Heavily built-up and developing areas are balanced by extensive parks and 80 hectares of Metropolitan Green Belt.


We are the future of the capital – our population is one of the youngest in the country and this is reflected in the vibrancy and confidence you will find throughout the borough.

Newham is a richly diverse borough with Black Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities making up 73% of our population (the highest proportion in the country) and more than 100 languages and dialects spoken. 48% of residents were born overseas, and the borough has the highest number of EU Settled Status applications in the country (84,950 as at March 2020).


The Council is the education authority for the district, providing education to thousands of children in a mix of Foundation, community and voluntary aided schools. The Council also owns and operates Debden House, a residential adult education college in Loughton, Essex, and Newham is home to the Rosetta Art Centre, a dedicated visual art organisation that delivers courses at its base in Stratford and produces participatory art projects, programmes and initiatives. The Essex Primary School in Sheridan Road is one of the biggest primary schools in London, with more than 900 pupils.

The University of East London (UEL) has two campuses in Newham: the Stratford Campus, at Stratford and the Docklands Campus, next to the regenerated Royal Albert Dock.

Birkbeck Stratford is a collaboration between Birkbeck, University of London and UEL to increase participation in adult learning. This is currently based on the UEL Stratford campus, but is planned to move to its own facilities.


Newham is only three miles from the City, but offers plenty of reasons to visit in its own right. For a taste of the real London, look no further than Green Street - dubbed 'the Bond Street of the East End'. A refreshing break from the chain stores of most high streets, it has over 400 independent shops representing cultures from around the world, selling food, jewellery, designer saris and a myriad of cafes and restaurants serving authentic international cuisine. Nearly ten per cent of the borough is green space, and visitors and residents can enjoy of a range of sports, leisure and activities.

The centre of Newham’s regeneration is The Olympic Park. The park is open 24-hours and is free for all Newham residentswith extensive parklands, a superb play area, a climbing wall, water features as well as lots of places to relax, eat and take pictures at the iconic venues or the Olympic Rings. Popular with local people, it’s also a great magnet for attracting visitors to the borough.

All the Olympic venues (except for West Ham’s London stadium) are open to the public, with prices similar to those of a typical leisure centre; incredibly, it’s affordable to swim in the Olympic competition pool, ride a bike on the velodrome or play a game of badminton in the Copper Box.


We have a strong and innovative local economy, served by some of the best transport links in the country and focused on modern low carbon industries including high quality retail and leisure. Transport in Newham is developing at speed. The Docklands Light Railway and Jubilee Line Extension provide links with the rest of London. The Docklands Light Railway was extended to serve London City Airport. Stratford International station links directly to St. Pancras Station.


Sport is very important in Newham. Premier league club West Ham United FC plays its home matches at the London Stadium, and non-league players are well catered for via Clapton FC, which plays at Forest Gate, and Newham FC, which plays in Plaistow. Our athletics club, The Newham and Essex Beagles, is headquartered at the Terence McMillan Stadium, which is part of Newham Leisure Centre in Plaistow. The area also boasts Newham (NASSA) Neptunes, a successful basketball team which plays in the English basketball League. Thomas Mac Curtain’s women’s GAA team trains every week at the East London Rugby Club.