Barking is located in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in East London. It is serviced by the District line, Hammersmith & City line and the C2C National rail, and buses which run to and from the surrounding areas, and all the way to central London. There are a good number of shops, as well as the local market at the town centre where West African ingredients can be bought. This comes as no surprise given the active West African community in the town. Food supplies such as yam, plantain, cassava, garri, okro, peppers, live snails, garden egg (aubergine), egusi seeds, dried stock fish, crayfish, and even more seasonal fruits such as agbalumo (also known as the African star apple) and sherry mango can be found in specialist shops. In addition to the local shops, independent sellers at Barking Market itself, which runs on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, sell a variety of West African ingredients for anyone looking to recreate a taste of home. The market is situated at East Street, a five-minute walk from the train station.