Local living: A guide to Newham

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Doctors looking for information about living in some of the UK's top towns and cities should look no further. Our local area guides provide detailed insight into what life is like in these popular towns and cities This series includes information on the cost of property and bills like council tax, public transport options, and the best spots to enjoy a drink.

Newham is a vibrant and diverse borough in East London that offers a great quality of life. With a wide range of housing options, excellent schooling, great transport links and plenty of leisure and attractions, living in Newham is an ideal choice for both families and professionals. Working in NHS trusts in London is often seen as quite prestigious due to the high volume of specialist consultants in the region and the unique learning opportunities that offers. 


Accommodation in Newham

Housing in Newham is varied and affordable, with a range of properties from modern apartments to period homes. Properties in London carry some of the most expensive price points in all of the UK. Newham is one of the most affordable boroughs in the capital, second only to Bexley and Barking & Dagenham.

🏠 Average house prices: £452,889

🏠 Average rent for a flat: £2,095

🏠 Average rent for a house: £2,941


Schools in Newham

A priority for many families in the UK is making sure they can find the right education and childcare. Many of the top government-funded schools which are free to attend, allow admission based on specific “catchment” areas. This means your home address must be within a specific distance of your preferred school for a chance of securing a place. When it comes to schools, Shrewsbury's schools are renowned for their quality through excellent OFSTED ratings across primary and secondary schools, as well as a range of higher education institutions. The top-ranked schools in Newham are Avenue Primary School, Lathom Junior School, and Southern Road Primary School. 14.17% of pupils strong pass in reading, writing & maths versus the England average of 9.93%.


Household bills

Council tax varies by parish and town council areas. In Newham, this varies between £1,021 and £3,064 annually. For more information, you can visit the Newham government website. 

Thames Valley supplies water to the Newham area and the price varies depending on household usage. For more information, you can visit the Thames Valley website. 

Calculating the average gas and electricity bill across the UK is difficult as it depends on a variety of factors. The cost of your own bill will depend on the type of property you live in, where you live, the heating system that you have, the energy efficiency of the property, the number of people living there, and your personal usage. In some properties, energy is supplied solely through electricity. For further understanding of household bills as a doctor in the UK, visit our blog: 7 monthly household bills you need to know about. 



Newham is extremely well-connected, with the Hammersmith & City, District, and Jubilee Underground lines all in operation in the area alongside the DLR, allowing commuters a hassle-free trip into the City, Canary Wharf, and beyond. Transport links are excellent, with London Underground stations, Overground lines, and regular bus services ensuring that getting around is easy. For those who prefer to travel by car, there is easy access to the M25 and Nationwide Motorway network.

London commuter towns have become an increasingly popular option for those looking to be close to the city but maintain a more relaxed pace of life. Young professionals and families are choosing to move away from the capital to smaller, more affordable, suburban towns. Some of the most popular with access to Newham are as follows:

πŸš— Essex to Newham – 41m

πŸš— Kent to Newham – 52m

πŸš— Hertfordshire to Newham – 1h

πŸš— Luton to Newham – 1h 10 m 


London is one of the most well-connected cities in the UK by train, with 17 terminal stations serving over 20 rail companies providing journeys into the city. Trains are often an alternative, or additional option to the Underground, servicing various areas throughout the city as well wider regions across the entire UK. Below, we've highlighted some of the most popular travel destinations in the UK from out of London, along with the average journey time.

πŸš† London to Edinburgh - 4 hours

πŸš† London to Glasgow - 4h 28m

πŸš† London to Oxford - 52m

πŸš† London to Cambridge - 47m

πŸš† London to Manchester - 1h 59m

πŸš† London to Leeds - 1h 59m

πŸš†London to Brighton - 1h 13m

πŸš†London to Birmingham - 1h 13m

Major airports

All five airports are well connected to Central London via various public transport networks, with London Heathrow being accessible by tube, a dedicated fast train, the Heathrow Express, as well as various bus connections.

✈️ London Heathrow (LHR) //26 km (16 miles) from Central London

✈️ London City (LCY) // 14 km (9 miles) from Central London

✈️ London Gatwick (LGW) // 45 km (28 miles) from Central London

✈️ Luton (LTN) // 55 km (34 miles) from Central London

✈️ Stansted (STN) // 63 km (40 miles) from Central London



Leisure, food, and drink

The investment and development of East London is here, and it’s only going to get better. We spoke to a local estate agent who described Stratford, Newham, Hackney, and Shoreditch as areas breaking away from their previous reputation thanks to significant investment. With its vibrant creative scene and eclectic social calendar, East London has a reputation for being the most fashionable side of the capital for young professionals and families alike. When it comes to leisure activities and attractions, Newham is well catered for. There are plenty of parks, museums, and galleries to explore, as well as theatres, cinemas, bars, and restaurants. For those who enjoy shopping, there is the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre and a wide range of independent stores.

β˜• Grab a cup of coffee at Attendant Coffee Roasters

🍴 Top-rated restaurant: Delamina EAST

🍴 Top-rated vegetarian restaurant: Vegan Yes Shoreditch

🍴 Top-rated Halal restaurant: The Great Chase

🍺 Most loved pubs: Chesham Arms and Pub on the Park


Working as a Doctor in East London

East London is a great place to live and work as a doctor due to its excellent healthcare facilities, diverse population, and vibrant culture. The area offers a wide range of hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare services, making it a great place to provide medical care. Additionally, the local population is diverse and welcoming, allowing you to learn and grow as a doctor. Finally, the area is full of culture, providing you with plenty of opportunities to enjoy yourself outside of work. All in all, East London is a great place to live and work as a doctor and to really make a difference in the lives of those you treat. Newham is home to Newham University Hospital managed by Barts Health NHS Trust which is the largest NHS trust in London and one of Britain’s leading healthcare providers. In less than 30 minutes you can reach Whipps Cross University Hospital, The Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s Hospital all managed by Barts Health NHS Trust, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Do you want a diverse and fulfilling career in East London?

At A&E Agency, we’re passionate about the quality of our people and proud of the services we provide. If you are a doctor and looking for temporary or permanent work in Newham or East London, please register today with the A&E Agency.  A member of the team will be in touch to have a confidential discussion and understand your availability and requirements. If you are looking for work somewhere else in the UK, you can browse our vacancies. We hire across a range of specialisms such as A&Eanaetheticssurgery and more.