7 May 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Barking - London


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For the first thousand years of Barking’s long history it was a small fishing village on the River Roding, remote from London. As the capital has expanded and sprawled in every direction, it has subsumed former towns and villages into the vast metropolitan area of which Barking is now a part, as the administrative centre of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The late 20th century decline of much of East London’s heavy industry and manufacturing, major sources of employment in Barking and Dagenham, have taken their toll on the local economy of the area. But now Barking is in the midst of one of the largest regeneration projects anywhere in London, a £2 billion 10-year masterplan that includes some 6,000 new homes and a raft of commercial developments including retail, office and entertainment space.

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  • Total buildings in area: 947
  • Largest unit available: 32,723 sq ft
  • Total available: 54
  • Average rent: £25 PSF

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  • Tube
  • Barking Underground Station (District, Hammersmith & City Lines)
  • Trains
  • Barking Rail Station (London Overground)
  • Airports
  • City Airport (30 minutes from Barking Underground via DLR at West Ham)
  • Gatwick Airport (1 hour 20 minutes from Barking Underground via London Victoria)
  • Heathrow Airport (1 hour 40 minutes from Barking Underground)


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Agents with most listings in area:


Harwin Property Consultants: 8

Glenny: 7

Cushman & Wakefield: 6

Instant Offices: 6

SBH Page & Read: 5

Colliers International: 3


Iconic buildings on Realla


Maritime House

Fortis House

Wigham House

Big offices and coworking space in the area:


Nearby offices:


Jhumat House

50 Wakering Road

Town Quay Wharf, Abbey Road

Fortis House



  • The name Barking is derived from the Anglo Saxon word Berecingas, which is thought to refer to a local chieftain called Bereca
  • Barking developed as a town around the historic Barking Abbey, which was founded in 666 AD
  • One theory for the origin of the English saying ‘barking mad’ is that it is a reference to a lunatic asylum which was established on the grounds of Barking Abbey


Neighbouring locations


  • Dagenham
  • East Ham
  • Ilford

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