Barking and Dagenham is one of the thirty-two boroughs that make up the metropolitan county of Greater London. This is in the east of the capital and although it does now come under the city, many locals still call the area Essex. One of the best things about spending your holidays in Barking and Dagenham is the fact that you will be conveniently located to explore this part of south-eastern England. You have London to the west and the county of Essex to the east; also the county of Kent is very close to your rental house in this area.
As Barking and Dagenham comes under London, you can rest assured that there are a large number of things to see and do in the borough. This includes activities such as swimming, tennis, jogging, cycling, squash and golf. The borough is perfect for shopaholics and you will tend to find that the prices for goods in this part of London are better than those found ‘up west’. Barking and Dagenham also has a thriving nightlife and there are some good restaurants in the borough for you to sample and enjoy.
As your holidays in Barking and Dagenham will be so close to central London, you simply must find some time to go off and explore the main sites. The borough is well served by the London transport network (e.g. underground, over ground rail and buses) and getting into the city is always quick and relatively cheap. You must visit the historic Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, to see where the United Kingdom’s laws are legislated; Buckingham Palace is always popular with the tourists (especially foreigners from republics!) and this can be found in the Victoria area. Head to Baker Street (on the Bakerloo underground line) for Madame Tussaud’s and the fascinating waxworks. The borough of Kensington and Chelsea is good for museums and these include The Victoria and Albert and The Natural History Museum.
You will be pleased to learn that the borough of Barking and Dagenham enjoys one of the driest climates in the United Kingdom. The average rainfall for the area is around 20 inches per year. With a typical temperate climate, summers are warm with average temperatures around 21 to 22 degrees Celsius. Winters are cool and offer up temperatures that average around 7 to 8 degrees.
There are two airports that are both ideal for your holidays in Barking and Dagenham: London City is the closest (LCY), situated a short drive to the west of the borough. London Stansted airport is in Essex (STN), and although a little farther, it is still convenient for your self catering accommodation in Barking and Dagenham. Airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet all use one or other of these airports. Barking and Dagenham is very easy to get to by rail of road and the M25 runs through the borough.
London will be hosting events during the London Olympics, and with accommodation in Barking & Dagenham for the Olympic Games, you're right next to the sporting action.