Rent a Car in East London
East London is a cultural melting pot where no two places are the same. With a unique blend of iconic places, historic locations and newly revitalised neighbourhoods, East London has the diverse and exciting atmosphere of an area in the midst of a regeneration.
Hiring a car in East London couldn’t be easier with hiyacar – we have thousands of cars with a wide range of variety, locations and verified by member reviews, all with no deposit and no hidden fees. Better still, you can search, book and drive all on the same day. Simply search for cars around you, using the filters above to find the perfect car.
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Top Locations in East London
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- De Beauvoir Town
- Tower Hamlets
- Waltham Forest
- Woodford Green
Driving your hire car in East London
Rent a car in East London and experience what could easily be considered the multicultural epicentre of the city. Home to some of the trendiest and most vibrant places in London with amazing restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars, there’s every reason to hire one of our East London cars and get started on exploring the area.
The boundary of East London is vaguely defined but usually understood to exist east of the City of London, largely north of the River Thames and consisting of the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Not only does this mean there are loads of interesting, up-and-coming neighbourhoods to drive around, but there are also a whole series of well-connected roads to make it easier to do so.
Stretching from Chiswick to Woolwich, the North Circular is perfectly positioned to give you a convenient route around East London and beyond, presenting an unrivalled chance to visit some of the most diverse locations in the whole city. East London also has one of the best connections onto the A12 - the 129 mile road starting just north of the Blackwall Tunnel and running north east, past Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park all the way towards Suffolk.
With the A12’s easy connections on to the North Circular, the A127 and the M25, there’s every opportunity to take your hired car for a spin around East London’s surrounding areas. Drive up towards Epping Forest if you want to spend a bit of time in nature, or hop onto the A127 and drive out towards South-end-on-sea, home to the longest pier in the UK.
There are loads of things to see and do - all just a car journey away.
Places to discover in and around East London by car
Car hire in East London opens up a world of possibilities. The best part is, some of the most exciting areas are removed from the city centre, meaning they’re easily accessible with no congestion charge. East London is a place where almost everything is reached above ground, making it the ideal place to drive around and experience one of the most diverse areas of London first hand.
When you hire a car in East London, it’s a great chance to explore the riverside of the Thames and experience one of the most iconic London landmarks. Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs in East London are still very much tied to their maritime past. With St. Katherine’s Docks, the Limehouse Basin and various marinas around Poplar, this part of East London holds many waterside attractions that are definitely worth a visit.
If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junky, the Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre is a great place for watersports, offering courses in canoeing, windsurfing, angling, sailing and climbing. If you’d prefer a more low-key activity, however, you could also drive down to the Museum of London Docklands to learn about the history of the Thames and the growth of the Docklands. If you’re thinking about exploring south of the river, car hire in south-east London presents a great opportunity to experience the Woolwich ferry, a free river crossing which connects the South and North circular, and is an alternative to the Blackwall Tunnel if you want a great view of the river.
Old East End Charm
Hiring one of our East London cars allows you to explore the East End, one of London’s most vibrant and historically rich areas. Home to the famous pearly kings and queens and at the beating heart of the cockney identity, the East End is an iconic part of London. Though the area has been developed over the years, remnants of the old East End still remain for you to visit, including the now famous E. Pellici - a workers cafe that’s remained in the same family since 1900. Columbia Road Flower Market in Bethnal Green is also a big drawer for visitors from all over the world, and with numerous pay and display parking spaces nearby, it’s the perfect place to reach by car.
Diverse Culinary Experience
As mentioned, East London is one of the most diverse areas of the city. Not only is there a distinct mix between the old and the new, but there are also a whole host of different cultural identities apparent in the area. This, of course, means there are loads of great food places to enjoy. You may have heard about the famed curry houses around Brick Lane, but car hire in East London gives you the chance to explore some of the lesser visited eateries further away from the city centre. Green Street, situated in the borough of Newham, is a celebrated Asian shopping district. Given that its nickname is “Little India” Green Street also houses a variety of delicious Indian restaurants, mainly specialising in South Indian cuisine. As it’s not in a central location, the public transport network around the area isn’t as close or efficient as in other places in London, which means hiring a car and driving there is one of the best transport options!
If you rent a car in East London, one of the most popular things to do is visit the Olympic Park in Stratford. Since 2012, Stratford has undergone quite a dramatic makeover and new investment means the infrastructure and economy of the area have been given new life. The Olympic Park itself sits a substantial 560 acres long and is jammed with things to do. Walk around the Olympic Stadium (now home to West Ham United Football Club), catch an event in the Copper Box arena, ride the slide at the Arcelormittal Orbit or even go for a swim at the Aquatics Centre - whatever you choose to do, the Olympic Park is a great place to spend the day. Parking should be a breeze as well, with the nearby Westfield car park presenting a convenient place to leave your car whilst you walk around the area.