Barking

London’s largest regeneration scheme, Barking is something of a work-in-progress. For instance, project milestones include a brand-new town centre completed in 2007, as well as an ongoing riverside neighbourhood that’ll be packed with restaurants and shops when complete. But where are the best places to live in Barking? Discover the top rated developments to buy or rent in Barking in our area guide.

 

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Average Location Score

Excellent

37%

Very Good

27%

Average

22%

Disappointing

10%

Very Poor

5%

Best places to live in Barking

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

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Barking’s location

Barking is a suburb in East London. Ilford is to the north, the River Thames to the south, Dagenham to the east and Wall End to the west. The postcode for Barking is IG11.

Travelling to and from Barking

Barking Station is in Zone 4, with tubes on the District and Hammersmith & City lines. Likewise there are also London Overground and National Rail services.

Developments

The plans for Barking are ambitious to say the least, with BeFirst now dedicated to the regenerations. There are 50,000 new homes and 20,000 new jobs in the pipeline in the coming years. The biggest of the scheme’s many projects, Barking Riverside, is a huge, purpose-built suburb that stretches down to the banks of the Thames in place of an old power station. Building began on the site in the mid-90s and continues today. Bellway Homes’ City East at Barking Riverside is one of many developments here, offering studios, apartments and houses with a waterfront view.

“The house is very spacious and modern. A very good quality. The facilities are great. The neighbourhood is very nice and safe. There’s parking around. There are some restaurants around 5min walk. Dedicated management is helpful if there are any issues.” – John, verified resident at City East at Barking Riverside

Additionally, Weavers Quarter has more than 400 modern apartments in a central location. The development is a joint project from L&Q and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The summer has been loud with kids which I don’t mind (it reminds me of my own youth) but the windows are triple glazed so noise can blocked out. All the flats come with outdoor space, either a private balcony or terrace. It’s big enough for table chairs and a small cheeky bbq…The Landlord looks after the building well; if there are any issues with the flat it is usually resolved within a few days.” – Chi, verified resident at Weavers Quarter

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Where are the best places to live in Barking?

HomeViews reviewers have rated their top developments in Barking. One of the best places to live in Barking is the handily located Abbeville Apartments, a Grainger property near Barking Station with an onsite Asda supermarket.

“I enjoy living here, my apartment is very spacious, clean and large.” – Alice, verified resident at Abbeville Apartments

Furthermore, a brand-new town centre was introduced in the last decade. Its collection of neon-hued buildings include the award-winning apartments of Barking Central. Another highly rated development in Barking, this development is a project by Galliard Homes and RedrowHomes. It includes a library and a gallery, and The Broadway Theatre, whose packed events programme spans comedy acts, theatre and Latin dance classes. At the centre of it all is Barking Square.

“Both the area outside the apartment block and inside the building are clean and well maintained. The quality of the apartment is also good. There is great broadband connectivity for both lined based broadband and fibre optic.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Barking Central

The Rivermill Lofts is a chic development from Weston Homes, nestled on the banks of River Roding. Close by is the Discover Apartments, a colourful development with its own canoe club.

“The apartment is nice, spacious modern and well built. Good quality materials were used in the apartment. Great floor design with a lot of natural light flooding through.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Rivermill Lofts

“I’ve been living here for about six months now and I really like it. I love that is a quiet location however it’s close to the station and shopping centre.” – JJ, verified resident at Discover Apartments

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Things to do in Barking

Barking Park is a massive space with tennis courts, a skate park and a lake to hire pedal boats. It’s also home to The Big Friendly Coffee, which stocks delicious cakes and pastries.

Get to know the locals at Barking Street Market, which spills over three town centre roads. Find the market open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

In addition, Abbey Green is a parkland area showcasing the ancient ruins of Barking Abbey and a 12th-century church called St Margaret’s. It’s the setting for open-air events like the annual classical music concert.

Want to find out more? Read reviews from residents by clicking on the developments below.

Reviews in Barking

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Great service

Review Date Jun 2024

Nothing bad just great people around and also being looked after. Also Abigail has looked after us as well and the whole team

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Great development, being looked after very well, by the team. Also since we moved in the team has looked after us very well. Also my wife is pregnant so the team have looked out for the enquires and have looked after us very well. Also they’ve made our moving in process very smooth

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The whole team has looked out for me and my wife with any issue and enquiry they done well especially Abigail

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They have responded very well to us me and my wife with any enquiry we have had

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Great service!

Review Date Jun 2024

Great people, great neighbours!
Bin collections are always on time.
There isn’t any noise from neighbours

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Looked after really well by reception.
Abigail has been super helpful to us since we have moved in. She is always happy, greets us whenever she sees us and never gets tired of our many questions. Speak to Abigail, if you want something done. She is good, courteous and efficient!

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The amazing events we have at apo!
The parks and the cafe’s we have close by.

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They have been really fast and quick with their responses

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Happy to live at Apo Barking.

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Review Date Jun 2024

The area surrounding the development is bustling with numerous shops, restaurants, and bars, and there’s also the possibility of finding open spaces such as parks.

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The development is relatively new, but in my view, there’s room for improvement, particularly in the gym facilities which are quite small and lack variety in workout options. The building management seems efficient; workers are often seen active on-site. Regarding property management, I have no complaints; they are consistently available and ready to assist when needed.

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In my view, the app available to us residents is quite beneficial. Whether you need advice, wish to buy or sell items, share information, lodge complaints, or meet new people, it serves a variety of purposes.

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They always respond to me as quickly as possible; I have nothing but good things to say about them, particularly Andreja from the host team, who is very helpful, polite, and always ready to assist.

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Nice Experience

Review Date Jun 2024

The Apo Barking is truly amazing, with charming little shops surrounding the development. Venture a bit further, and you’ll discover an array of additional shops, banks, and supermarkets.

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The development is relatively new and it seems that everything is functioning as it should. However, there are some minor adjustments that need to be made, and the responsible team is addressing these issues.
The clean team are always keeping all parts nice and tidy.

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I would have liked to know before moving in that there were at least four massive supermarkets available near the development.

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The hosting team is outstanding, especially Andreja, who is handling my requests. She is helpful, kind, and always prepared to assist.

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