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Beating the Tower Boundaries
Blessing of the Throats
Bonfire Night
Changing of the Quill
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race
Footbridge Rent of one Red Rose
Hot Cross Buns for the Widow’s son
Mass for the executed Charles I
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The busy East End district of Bow was once a tiny village, surrounded by meadows. It was named after an arched bridge, constructed by royal order in 1110 after Henry I's wife Queen Matilda tumbled into the River Lea. The bridge gave access to the tide mills across the river, and one such complex - Three Mills - survives as a working museum. The old bow-shaped bridge is now a multi-lane flyover, but modern life has not completely obliterated a colourful history. Roman Road Market, inaugurated around 1843, still pulls the crowds with its many clothing stalls and a traditional pie and mash shop. Meanwhile, the annual Green Goose Fair - banned in the 1800s over disorderly behaviour - is remembered in the name of Fairfield Road. In this road, the match factory girls' strike of 1888 struck a blow for women's rights and trades unionism. And the legacy of suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, who worked extensively in Bow, lives on. Today's Bow is mainly residential with the traffic-island church of St Mary's at its centre. It may have lost its meadows, but the beautiful Victoria Park and Mile End Park, with its excellent sporting and leisure facilities, are both nearby.


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Central Foundation Girls' School
Chisenhale Primary School
Guardian Angels Catholic Primary School
Marner Primary School
Old Ford Primary School
Olga Primary School
St Agnes Primary School


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Citystay Hotel (0.27 miles)

Citystay Hotel

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Offering quality en-suite accommodation at affordable prices, Hotel CityStay is a brand new budget hotel situated in Bow, London. The hotel has excellent transport links; central London is 10 minutes ... More

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Hotel Kings Arms Guesthouse (0.35 miles)

Hotel Kings Arms Guesthouse

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The Kings Arms Guest House is a Victorian heritage completely refurbished budget property, managed by experienced, helpful and friendly staff at reception which is 24 hours open. The rooms serviced ... More

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Beaumont Court (0.68 miles)

Beaumont Court

Queen Mary, University of London, offers visitors accommodation in the award winning Westfield Student Village at its Mile End Campus.

The bedrooms are arranged in flats of up to 6 rooms, all of which are ensuite, ... More | visit website

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London Docklands City Apartments (1.17 miles)

London Docklands City Apartments

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Set in the vibrant, sophisticated docklands area of Limehouse, these luxurious contemporary apartments are just a short walk from one of London's finest riverside locations. The City ... More

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Town Hall Hotel & Apartments (1.20 miles)

Town Hall Hotel & Apartments
From the moment you glimpse the baroque architecture of Town Hall and walk into the marble entrance-way with its sweeping staircase and art-deco interior, you know your stay will be memorable. A new concept, Town ... More | visit website
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The Royal Foundation Of St Katharine (1.25 miles)

The Royal Foundation Of St Katharine
Set around a beautiful garden, St. Katharine’s is a hidden gem where our guests enjoy simple and comfortable accommodation in peaceful surroundings. Recently refurbished, we have single, double, twin and family rooms available all of ... More | visit website
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City View Hotel (1.26 miles)

City View Hotel

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The City View Hotel is a brand new Bed & Breakfast in the lively East End by Bethnal Green Tube Station. The Bed and Breakfast offers extremely good value for money ... More

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Sacred Heart Lodge (1.41 miles)

Sacred Heart Lodge
The Sacred heart Lodge, a former Convent building refurbished into a modern Lodge with still all the classic looks. As one of London’s listed buildings, this modern Lodge provides you with all the modern features and ... More | visit website

Four Seasons Canary Wharf (1.44 miles)

Four Seasons Canary Wharf
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The Hotel Is A Part Of A New Development Known As Canary Riverside, Which Includes 44,000 Sq.ft. Spa And Fitness Facility. The Hotel Is Small, ... More
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Grange Tower Bridge Hotel (1.46 miles)

Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
Launched in June 2011, the brand new Grange Tower Bridge Hotel redefines luxury accommodation and events facilities within the famous Tower Bridge district. Signature services include a comprehensive Business Centre and an expansive Conference and ... More | visit website

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