About the area
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham is located in East London. It lies around 9 miles (14.4 km) east of Central London. It is an outer London borough, with the southern area lying within the London Riverside section of the Thames Gateway. Barking and Dagenham was one of the six London boroughs to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.
The residents of the Barking and Dagenham mainly have a moderate lifestyle. There are not many luxury restaurants and fashion stores. Therefore, it is better to head to the central and western parts of the British capital.
Several centuries ago, the main developments in the area centred around Barking Abbey, which was founded approximately in 666. The remains of the Abbey continue to attract tourists from all over the world. It is the perfect setting for the Barking Carnival, which takes place every May.
Local history can also be studied at the Valence House, a fine example of the XVII century architecture that is home to a large collection of historic items and artefacts.
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