Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Situated on the eastern edge of the city, Barking and Dagenham is one of the most populous boroughs in all of London. With plenty to offer in terms of amenities and attractions, as well as great transport links into central London, Barking and Dagenham is a perfect place to call home. In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at what makes Barking and Dagenham so special.

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Best places to live in Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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Where is Barking and Dagenham?

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is located in the East of London, neighbouring Havering and Redbridge to the north, Newham to the south-west and Tower Hamlets to the south. The borough’s eponymous town centre lies around twenty miles from Charing Cross, whilst Barking Abbey can be found just four miles from Canary Wharf – easily accessible by way of the A13 or overground train services.

Areas in Barking and Dagenham

Barking & Dagenham has changed dramatically since its inception as a metropolitan borough back in 1965. With new developments springing up all across this vibrant part of east London, there are plenty of great areas for prospective home buyers to explore here including:

Alibon Estates – This modern neighbourhood is located in the northwest of Barking & Dagenham and offers a great range of family homes, from starter properties to spacious four-bedroom houses.

Becontree – One of the largest council estates in Europe, Becontree was built during the 1920s and 30s to provide much-needed social housing for Londoners. Today, this vibrant community offers plenty of affordable property options as well as some top schools and excellent transport links into central London.

Chapel End – A popular choice for young professionals and families, Chapel End is situated close to Barking town centre and benefits from good local amenities as well as easy access to Docklands Light Railway (DLR) services.

Goodmayes – A well-established suburb with a wide variety of housing options, Goodmayes is ideal for those who want to be close to central London but enjoy the benefits of living in a quieter area.

Faircross – Faircross is a largely residential area close to Barking town centre and offers a selection of Victorian terraced homes and flats.

Becontree – Becontree offers families the chance to live in spacious period properties with gardens, while still being within easy reach of central London via bus links.

Universities in Barking and Dagenham

There are several universities and colleges in Barking and Dagenham offering a range of higher education programmes.

The universities in the borough include:

Barking & Dagenham College – This further education college offers courses including business, media and graphic design, IT, computing, hospitality management, catering, and professional cookery.

University of East London – The University of East London (UEL) is a modern university that has campuses in Barking and Dagenham, as well as Stratford.

Barking College – Located on the edge of Barking, this college offers vocational courses to around 2000 students every year.

Top Schools in Barking and Dagenham

The borough is home to a number of schools that achieved good or outstanding Ofsted ratings in 2013. These include:

Little Ilford School – This primary school in Manor Park has been rated as “outstanding” by Ofsted and has a reputation for being highly inclusive.

Eastbury Comprehensive School – This secondary school in East London has been rated as “good” by Ofsted and has a reputation for academic excellence, especially in the fields of science and humanities.

Barking Abbey School – This mixed comprehensive school achieves excellent results at both GCSE and A-Level.

Dagenham Heathway School – This secondary school in Dagenham was also rated as “good” by Ofsted in 2013.

Eastbrook School – This mixed secondary school has also been rated as “good” by Ofsted, and it achieved its highest ever GCSE results in 2014.

Population of Barking and Dagenham

The population of Barking and Dagenham is just over 176,000 people, making it the eighth most populous borough in London.

Reviews in Borough of Barking and Dagenham

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Great service

Review Date Jun 2024

Nothing bad just great people around and also being looked after. Also Abigail has looked after us as well and the whole team

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Great development, being looked after very well, by the team. Also since we moved in the team has looked after us very well. Also my wife is pregnant so the team have looked out for the enquires and have looked after us very well. Also they’ve made our moving in process very smooth

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The whole team has looked out for me and my wife with any issue and enquiry they done well especially Abigail

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They have responded very well to us me and my wife with any enquiry we have had

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Great service!

Review Date Jun 2024

Great people, great neighbours!
Bin collections are always on time.
There isn’t any noise from neighbours

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Looked after really well by reception.
Abigail has been super helpful to us since we have moved in. She is always happy, greets us whenever she sees us and never gets tired of our many questions. Speak to Abigail, if you want something done. She is good, courteous and efficient!

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The amazing events we have at apo!
The parks and the cafe’s we have close by.

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They have been really fast and quick with their responses

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Happy to live at Apo Barking.

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Review Date Jun 2024

The area surrounding the development is bustling with numerous shops, restaurants, and bars, and there’s also the possibility of finding open spaces such as parks.

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The development is relatively new, but in my view, there’s room for improvement, particularly in the gym facilities which are quite small and lack variety in workout options. The building management seems efficient; workers are often seen active on-site. Regarding property management, I have no complaints; they are consistently available and ready to assist when needed.

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In my view, the app available to us residents is quite beneficial. Whether you need advice, wish to buy or sell items, share information, lodge complaints, or meet new people, it serves a variety of purposes.

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They always respond to me as quickly as possible; I have nothing but good things to say about them, particularly Andreja from the host team, who is very helpful, polite, and always ready to assist.

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Nice Experience

Review Date Jun 2024

The Apo Barking is truly amazing, with charming little shops surrounding the development. Venture a bit further, and you’ll discover an array of additional shops, banks, and supermarkets.

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The development is relatively new and it seems that everything is functioning as it should. However, there are some minor adjustments that need to be made, and the responsible team is addressing these issues.
The clean team are always keeping all parts nice and tidy.

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I would have liked to know before moving in that there were at least four massive supermarkets available near the development.

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The hosting team is outstanding, especially Andreja, who is handling my requests. She is helpful, kind, and always prepared to assist.

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