East End
Location Details
Address: Central London, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: E - H, 1 - 6
Owner: Royal Family
Type: Grid
Wealth: Poor to Rich
East End E F G H
1 King's Cross Pentonville Hoxton Shoreditch
2 Finsbury Gray's Inn London City Moorgate
3 Leicester Square Holborn Saint Paul's Bank
4 Charing Cross Waterloo Black Friar London Bridge
5 Westminster Lambeth Southwark The Borough
6 Pimlico Kennington Newington Walworth

The East End of London, also known simply as the East End, is the area of London, England, east of the Roman and medieval walled City of London and north of the River Thames. Although not defined for the purposes of the grid in Witchcraft and Wizardry the parts of the East end that are focused on are such places such as Bank, Black Friar, Charing Cross, Finsbury, Gray's Inn, Holborn, Hoxton, Kennington, King's Cross, Lambeth, Leicester Square, London Bridge, London City, Moorgate, Newington, Pentonville, Pimlico, Saint Paul's, Shoreditch, Southwark, The Borough, Walworth, Waterloo, and Westminster.

Use of the term East End in a pejorative sense began in the late 19th century, as the expansion of the population of London led to extreme overcrowding throughout the area and a concentration of poor people and immigrants. The problems were exacerbated with the construction of St Katharine Docks in 1827 and the central London railway termini in 1840–1875, that caused the clearance of former slums and rookeries, with many of the displaced people moving into the East End. Over the course of a century, the East End became synonymous with poverty, overcrowding, disease and criminality.

The East End developed rapidly during the 19th century. The area attracted large numbers of rural people and immigrants looking for employment. Many of these immigrants worked in the clothing industry. The abundance of semi- and unskilled labour led to low wages and poor conditions throughout the East End. This brought the attentions of social reformers during the mid-18th century and led to the formation of unions and workers associations at the end of the century. The radicalism of the East End contributed to the formation of the Labour Party, and Sylvia Pankhurst based campaigns for women's votes in the area and organised the first Communist Party in England here.

Official attempts to address the overcrowded housing began at the beginning of the 20th century under the London County Council. With it's docks, railways and other industrial hubs being in the East End, it is theorized that if bombings will occur during the war, this is the area at the highest risk of being bombed. Because of the poverty level of the East End, there are fewer bomb shelters besides the Underground Tube Station.

'E' Column

E,1 - King's Cross

Euston Road at King's Cross station is one of the vital, vibrant focal points of London. During the day this area of the city is bustling with activity as people go about their daily work. At night this area of the city is no less bustling with activity than during the day but the tone changes. The air is filled with the noise of people and vehicles, all threading their way hurriedly along the streets and through the looming buildings on their way to other places. The air is filled with the smells of a modern city starting with petrol fumes, moving on to food from road side vendors and passing through every myriad smell produced by humanity in all its forms making the air thick and strange to breath for anyone not used to it.

@KC@ King's Cross Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

King's Cross is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

E,2 - Finsbury

An area full of tiny parks, Finsbury is a beautiful neighbourhood to live in. Most of the buildings are from the 19th century or more recent, with most buildings built in brown or red brick. Terraced housing lines the streets, with some streets dedicated to shops and small businesses, with homes above them. The only notable tenement building in the area is the Finsbury Estate, Notable locations in this area include Exmouth Market and Sadler's Wells Theatre.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Finsbury is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

E,3 - Leicester Square

With Leicester Square at its heart, this area is full of entertainment venues like Wyndham's Theatre. Many of the old theatres in the area have closed in recent years or been converted to cinemas, like The Empire, and the newly-opened Odeon, both actually in Leicester Square itself. In the middle of the square is a beautiful garden, with fountains and benches and a statue of William Shakespeare. As the area is a tourist attraction, a number of hotels have been built up around the square and the surrounding region as well.

@LS@ Leicester Square Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Leicester Square is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

E,4 - Charing Cross

If there's a true centre to London, it's Charing Cross and, specifically, Trafalgar Square. Trafalgar Square is a large public space and one of the major tourist attractions in the city. The square's centerpiece is Nelson's Column, a tall stone column surrounded by large bronze lion statues and flanked by two huge fountains. Across the fountains from the column is the National Gallery, and other buildings nearby are Canada House, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, and the Admiralty Arch, which serves as an entrance to the The Mall, the red road which leads to Buckingham Palace. Venturing further from the square, the headquarters of the London Police can be found in this area, and, to magical eyes, The Leaky Cauldron is settled between a book shop and a music store. Not far from here, the Thames comes up from the South and makes a sharp turn to the East.

@CC@ Charing Cross Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Charing Cross is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

E,5 - Westminster

Half a mile south of Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross, the official center of London, is Westminster. Jam packed with tourist attractions the area is probably most famous for housing 'Big Ben' and Westminster Abbey. The famous London double decker busses create constant, ubiquitous green splashes of color along in the streets of the area as they carry tourist and native Londoneers alike between the many famous buildings in the area like Apsley House, also known as Number 1 London which was the opulent home of the first Duke of Wellington. Then there is also Number 10 Downing Street which is off of the Westminster main street of Whitehall. The Terrace housing on Downing street with its black brick architecture white doorways fitted with black doors are home to many Parliament homes and offices. Number 10 in particular is the official residence and office of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

But possibly the most famous building, and arguably the most important building in all of London is here as well. Overlooking the western shores of the Thames, its graceful Gothic towers casting blocky shadows over its waters, is Westminster Palace. Westminster Palace is home to the House of Parliament, the House of Lords, the House of Commons, and St Stephen's Tower, commonly but wrongly known as Big Ben after the name of its bell. As such it not just a world famous tourist attraction but it also actively serves as the seat of London's government and some of the most important people in England can be commonly seen entering and exiting these buildings, helping make the decisions that run the country.

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@WM@ Westminster Underground Tube Station is located here.

E,6 - Pimlico

The River Thames sweeps through the Pimlico neighborhood here. Rolling in a north to south direction, it's murky grey-blue waters carrying upon it some freighters, tourist boats, ferries and more private water vessels. Lambeth bridge crosses over the murky waterway attaching Lambeth to the east to Pimlico on the west side. Both sides of the river are actually quite verdant here with thick lines of trees around the gardens of Lambeth Palace on the east shore where the Archbishop of Canterbury lives. Then on the west shore there is the gardens known as Victoria Tower Gardens. Victoria Gardens flank the southern side of the House of Parliament to the northwest.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Pimlico is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

'F' Column

F,1 - Pentonville

A residential neighbourhood, Pentonville is packed tight with townhouses and relatively expensive apartment buildings. Very little in the way of business operates in the district, instead the people living here commute to other sections of the city to work. This district houses young doctors and diplomats, politicians and others who are influential but not yet among the rich. This was even once the home of the exiled Russians Lenin and Trotsky.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Pentonville is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

F,2 - Gray's Inn

This area is dominated by a number of large buildings, most importantly Grey's Inn, but also including the London Welsh Centre and the Eastman Dental Hospital. Both of the latter have been built in recent years and stand in contrast to the older buildings like Grey's Inn and several churches. Nearby is the Bourne Estate, a series of tenement blocks that is considered one of the best in the city.

@CL@ Chancery Lane in Gray's Inn Neighborhood Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Gray's Inn is a Wealth: Rich Neighborhood.

F,3 - Holborn

Dominant here in Holborn besides the vast array of businesses is St. Etheldreda's Church, the oldest Roman Catholic church in all of London. However, that's not the only feature noteworthy at Holborn. Of course, there's the smaller St. Alban church, north of Chancery Lane and Fetter Lane, as well. Further, there's the Church of St Andrew on Holborn Circus. The somber appearance of the aged churches stands in stark contrast with more modern structures like the Renaissance Chancery Court Hotel also mark the landscape here. The mix of old and new together in the same general location makes this place feel like a location out of time, as if the building blocks of many different periods were mixed together into a sometimes disconcerting whole.

@HB@ Holborn Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Holborn is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

F,4 - Waterloo

Once a marshland, Waterloo was named due to the Waterloo Bridge over the Thames, a bridge built in the early 19th century and named to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo. It wasn't until Waterloo Station was built in the 19th century, however, that this area became popular, so most of the buildings in the area are of Victorian or more recent designs. Not the wealthiest of neighbourhoods, Waterloo is mostly made up of common workers and small shops, as well as the usual riverside businesses. Notable, though, is the Old Vic theatre, well known for bringing Shakespearian drama to the masses.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Waterloo is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

F,5 - Lambeth

Most of the buildings in Lambeth are Victorian era or newer, made up of people and businesses that moved into the area since the opening of the Waterloo and Blackfriar bridges. It is mostly middle class but there are signs of of both richer and poorer living in the area. The richest residence, of course, is the Lambeth Palace, home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, a sprawling palace right on the Thames, opposite Westminster Palace. Also in the area is St. Thomas' Hospital, one of London's most famous hospitals.

@LN@ Lambeth North in Lambeth Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Lambeth is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

F,6 - Kennington

The area is a melting pot of structures including everything from The Oval itself to Kennington Park across the street to music halls and pubs scattered amongst other business which turn into residential areas as you get near Hanover Gardens or turn onto Kennington Park Place. The cobbled streets are loud with traffic at all hours of the day and night with music, laughter, and the occasional fight can be heard in snippets as doors open and close at the different entertainment venues in the area.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Kennington is a Wealth: Poor Neighborhood.

'G' Column

G,1 - Hoxton

From Regent's Canal on the North and Old Street to the south, Hoxton is filled with the poor and the criminal. There are many run-down furniture shops and factories, and the residences are even more run down as most of the wealth moved out of the region in the previous century. That isn't to say there isn't still some culture. Britannia Theatre, Hoxton Hall, and the Pollock's Toy Museum can be found in this district. Gainsborough Film Studios also reside here.

@AN@ Angel in Hoxton Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Hoxton is a Wealth: Poor Neighborhood.

G,2 - London City

The City is no longer the bustling residential area it once was, as people have moved out to outer boroughs over the course of the last century. Many old buildings that once housed apartments can now be found housing businesses as the financial industry has moved in. There are many old churches and traditional buildings dotting the landscape, and many streets are only large enough to walk in as they were designed long before the invention of the automobile. The Roman wall that once surrounded the original city can still be found in bits and pieces here and there around the district.

@FD@ Farringdon in London City Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

London City is a Wealth: Poor Neighborhood.

G,3 - Saint Paul's

St. Paul's Cathedral dominates the area known as the Square Mile, standing taller than any other building in the entire city, its huge towers and central dome visible for miles around. Once the most populated area of the city, residents have been moving to more outer boroughs steadily since the 19th century, and business has moved in. Still, many old and historic buildings fill the region, including sections of the ancient Roman wall that once surrounded the city, the Guildhall, the Royal Exchange, and many ancient churches.

@SP@ Saint Paul's in The Square Mile Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

The Saint Paul's Neighborhood is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

G,4 - Black Friar Bridge

Crossing the Thames, Blackfriar's Bridge may not be as famous as London Bridge, but it's just as busy and important to the foot and vehicle traffic of London. At 923 feet long and 105 feet wide, the bridge is decorated on the outside by carvings. On the East side, closest to the North Sea, the carvings show marine life and seabirds, while on the West side the carvings show freshwater birds. At the north end of the bridge, a statue of Queen Victoria stands over a drinking-water fountain. Near the North end of the bridge sits the Temple Church and Blackfriar's Station, and near the South end is Oxo Tower.

@BF@ Blackfriar Bridge Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Blackfriar's Neighborhood is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

G,5 - Southwark

One of the oldest areas in London, Southwark sits right along the south bank of the river Thames. Wharves line the riverbank, trade happening on a daily basis as the products of nearby factories are sold. It's not all factories, though, as many of the workers of those factories and wharves live in the area as well, and traffic passes through regularly. More inland is Guy Hospital and a few archaeological digs can be found throughout the old Roman district that's been a link to the city back when it was known as Londinium.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Southwark is a Wealth: Poor Neighborhood.

G,6 - Newington

Housing and apartment buildings are packed thick into the district of Newington, mostly made of beige brick with red brick highlights. Here and there are old Victorian era buildings, but for the most part the buildings here are all newer and built in a similar style, as if there was such a rush to provide housing that they didn't take time to differentiate the buildings very much. Charlie Chaplin is a point of pride for the neighborhood as he was born and raised in Newington. The famous Elephant and Castle circle that branches off in all directions like a star fanning out to every major bridge over the Thames makes this area a hub of activity. To the south of this thoroughfare is the Elephant and Castle Underground Station. People here are on the poorer and as such, crime is a problem that most residents have to deal with. Other landmarks include the County of London Sessions House, and the Trinity Church Square.

@EC@ Elephant & Castle in Newington Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Newington is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

'H' Column

H,1 - Shoreditch

Despite its name, Shoreditch isn't either a ditch nor on the shore. A large area of mostly working class, Shoreditch is a poor district that was once full of wealth. Once rival to the West End for its Victorian theatres and music halls, all have been closed in recent years and now sit empty except a former theatre which is now called The New Olympia Picturedome. The centrepoint of the district is Shoreditch Church, an 18th century church with a tall 192-foot steeple.

@OS@ Old Street in Shoreditch Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Shoreditch is a Wealth: Poor Neighborhood.

H,2 - Moorgate

Named after a gate that once existed here in the London City Wall, Moorgate is a central area of the City and, like most of it is quite crowded with business and many older buildings and tight streets. It is home to London Guildhall University, and the Chartered Accountants Hall. Most notably, this area is home to Finsbury Circus, the largest public open space in the City of London.

@MG@ Moorgate Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Moorgate is a Wealth: Poor Neighborhood.

H,3 - Bank

The Bank of England gives this area its name, and the Bank Junction where it sits joins seven streets and is an important central location in the city, where the Royal Exchange, and Mansion House can be found, the latter the home of the Lord Mayor of London. Also here is the large Bank-Monument Underground Station. Other important buildings nearby include the City of London Magistrates Court, The Worshipful Company of Grocers, and the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

@BA@ Bank Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

Bank is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

H,4 - London Bridge

928 feet long and 62 feet wide, New London Bridge (also known as Rennie's Bridge after its 19th-century designer) is one of the key bridges over the Thames and one of the busiest places in the city. During the day, both foot and vehicle traffic is almost constantly passing over the Victorian-styled bridge, as ships pass under the giant stone arches below.

@LB@ London Bridge Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

London Bridge is a Wealth: Well-To-Do Neighborhood.

H,5 - The Borough

Borough is dominated by the Borough Market, the largest indoor market in London and a place where people come from all over the country and even the rest of Europe to sell and trade food products. Even outside the market itself, street vendors are everywhere, especially under the viaduct. The area has a number of fine restaurants near the Market as well, and a few pubs and hotels to entertain travelers who have come for the market.

@BO@ The Borough Underground Tube Station is located here.

Properties in this neighborhood:

The Borough is a Wealth: Comfortable Neighborhood.

H,6 - Walworth

Except for a small park, in the middle of the district, and the occasional church or business, Walworth is packed with housing, with barely any room for anything else. Sprinkled here and there are a few old, larger homes, but most of the district are smaller and poorer houses built right up against each other. Walking through the streets one finds themselves surrounded by people, many wearing old and worn clothes rather than the latest fashions.

Along Walworth road some architectural ingenuity is demonstrated. Small modern boxy one story shops have been built directly in front of and attached to a long row of old Victorian Terrace Housing. So more so than in surrounding areas, the business and residential zones are conjoined twins!

Properties in this neighborhood:

Walworth is a Wealth: Poor Neighborhood.


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