Situated just three miles from the City, Newham takes in much of London's revitalised docklands, including London City Airport, the ExCeL international exhibition centre and luxury homes overlooking the Thames.
Newham was the main host borough of the London 2012 Games where 60 per cent of the sports took place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford in the north west of Newham and at ExCeL in the south west of the borough next to the Royal Docks.
The 80,000 seater Olympic Stadium in Stratford is close to Westfield Stratford City, Europe's largest urban shopping centre.
It's not just the shining new buildings and facilities that make the borough a happening place. Newham has the youngest and most diverse population in the UK. Over 40 per cent of the 254,000 people in Newham are under 25 years old and more than 100 languages are spoken locally - from Albanian to Zhuang. All of which makes for an exciting area rich in culture, flavour and atmosphere where local people take great pride in being part of a global village. The borough's youthful vigour and creativity has fused with the traditional East End values of warmth, friendliness, community spirit and good humour to make Newham a welcoming place with a unique character.
Newham is a great place to buy a house with better prices than comparable parts of London. It's also a great place to stay when visiting the capital. It's much cheaper than staying in the centre of London and yet it's only 20 minutes from most of the top attractions.
As well as being an excellent base for exploring central London, there is also plenty to see and do here. 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 can take advantage of a range of sports, leisure and activities around the borough's parks. Outside of Newham, but within easy reach are Wanstead flats and Epping forest and East London's favourite seasiside resort, Southend, is just half an hour away.