Barking is a suburban town in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, in northeast London, England. A retail and commercial centre situated in the west of the borough, it lies 9.1 miles (14.6 km) east of Charing Cross. The area is identified in the London Plan as one of 35 major centres in Greater London.
Barking is an area of regeneration with two main centres of activity, Barking Town Centre and Barking Riverside.
"Barking", in English slang, is short for "barking mad". Barking is sometimes cited as the origin of the phrase; attributed to the alleged existence of a medieval insane asylum attached to Barking Abbey.