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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Quality apartments in bustling area of east

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Review Date Nov 2023

The local area is great for kids. Lots going on. Many new building being built though so it’s becoming more gentrified.

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Apartment is spacious, one-bedroom (and two-bed that I’ve seen). Reception is kind and always helpful. Bit on the older side compared to newer developments in the area. Quality for value is mid level, would be nice to see some improvements around. Some updates needed around the building though definitely.

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I wish I’d known that this area (Barking) would start to become gentrified because I like how it was before.

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Sometimes they are good and other times they don’t respond.

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Good apartment but quality isn’t what it used to be

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Not much noise on the street but some form the market outside (depending on what floor you live on). Great transport links to anywhere in London or Essex.

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Overall it’s been a nice place to live and the reception staff is really nice. I think it’s not priced that competitively especially because there are so many newer buildings around. But the quality is better than central London. The design of the flat is pretty boring white and the furniture that comes with the flat is okay.

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I wish I knew more about the surrounding area and that it was going to be developed very rapidly.

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Reception is great at handling requests. Never had an issue they couldn’t fix.

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Overpriced and low quality apartments in highly accessible and lively area of east London

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Review Date Nov 2023

The local area is great! You are 6 minutes walk from the train station and less than a minute to the local market area. The apartment is above the ASDA so you have direct access to a supermarket, regardless of the weather. There are several parks in the area as well as tennis courts and a skate park less than 10 minutes away.

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The price of the apartment has gone up too much to justify the quality of the apartment. Despite the great area, the building hasn’t been updated since it’s inception 5-6 years ago and it shows in how the building is maintained. The prices have gone up to match the market, but there are several newer developments in the area offering newer properties for the same prices, so the value of this apartment is inflated.

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That the rent would increase exponentially and that the building would remain the same (without upgrades).

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Reception is great and always responsive. Maintenance requests are often handled within a week.

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Conveniently located, modern apartments

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There are reasonable park facilities nearby and the building is a convenient twelve minute walk to the tube and national rail services.

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Property management are very helpful, quickly respond to any issues that are raised and go out of their way to create a friendly and welcoming environment for residents and visitors alike. The customer facing office team are great, particularly Mimi, Jamal and Iga, who deserve special mention.

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Well specified and maintained apartments. Buildings are well insulated from external sound and noise.

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The building management responds promptly to any issues raised.

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