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Nine lovely photos of London's overlooked neighbourhoods

Kyra Hanson

Even before Arcade Fire spent an entire album bemoaning the 'endless suburbs stretched out thin and dead' the 'burbs have had a bad rep, but one German photographer has managed to find beauty in towering pylons, low terraced brick houses and overused sports fields. 

Philipp Ebeling did a ten-day, 250km circular walk around London's outskirts to document the places 'too far from the inner city to feature in the story of London, not far enough out to be leafy suburb and commuter land'. He captures the bits of the city where you can probably still get a coffee for under £2, where the sky isn't reflected in glass-paneled skyscrapers and abandoned spaces aren't turned into street-food markets (yet). 

'London Ends' is a love letter to places like Tottenham, Barking, Catford, Woolwich and other areas forgotten by the guidebooks but inescapably real to the great swathes of people who live here.

Ebeling told Time Out that when he first arrived in London, at 19, from a small village in Germany he found the city overwhelming: 'You never feel like you really know the city because it is so spread out and the many centres are very disconnected. It took me years of exploring until I had a more complete picture of the city in my head. The crazy thing about London is you can always find a new and different neighbourhood or street where there is something new to discover.'

'London Ends' is available to buy from FishBar, a gallery in an old fish and chip shop. Check out some of the photos below. 

Chrisp Street Market, Tower Hamlets
Disappearing industrial area, Canning Town, Newham
Wood Street, Waltham Forest
Wood Street, Waltham Forest
Pie-and-mash shop, Wood Street, Waltham Forest
Allotments, Custom House, Newham
Fishermen at the mouth of Barking Creek. With raised flood barrier in the background.
Myrtle Avenue picnic, Hounslow

Photos: Philipp Ebeling.

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