Welcome to
east London

Nowhere in the UK is changing faster than east London. The 2012 Olympics was the catalyst, accelerating changes that were already happening here. For geographers this is a place to investigate themes such as regeneration, sustainable living, population change, urban challenges, inequality, transport developments and lots more.

Here are some of Britain’s most diverse communities. Now, in the midst is the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, transforming the landscape of the Lea Valley. Next door is Westfield Stratford City, Europe’s largest urban shopping mall. Two miles away is Docklands, still the UK’s largest regeneration project. The latest development is Crossrail, set to bring transport in London into the 21st century.

These places present great opportunities for inspirational geographical fieldwork. Schools use urban fieldwork to bring classroom geography to life, for data collection, to deepen students’ understanding, or simply for the city experience. Many questions can be answered:

How has east London been regenerated?

Who are the winners and losers?

Is the Olympic Park a model for sustainable living?

Which communities will benefit from Crossrail?

We offer…

a range of one-day programmes for secondary school geography, including Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level. All of our programmes are run by experienced geography teachers with expert local knowledge. If none of our programmes suit you, we can design a programme to meet your requirements. We also offer half-day programmes or extended programmes over two or three days. Please contact us.

What teachers say

“We have visited east London for many years now and UGEL will always tailor their day to what we want to achieve.”

Richard Bustin
City of London Freemen’s School

“UGEL brought urban geography to life for our students. An outstanding experience!”

Simon Bowley
Torquay Girls Grammar School

In partnership

UGEL is in partnership with the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, an outstanding geography department with a strong reputation for urban fieldwork.

Photograph of the Olympic Park within the context of East London by John Widdowson




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