Bow

Bow embodies that fierce East End community spirit, while also being in close proximity to central London; so it’s a top choice for renting or buying if you want somewhere with lots of character that’s easily accessible. Read on to discover the developments that are rated as the best places to live in Bow and to see reviews from residents who own or rent in Bow.

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Excellent

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Very Good

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Disappointing

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Best places to live in Bow

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

Bow apartments next to river

Where is Bow?

Bow sits within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, less than five miles from Charring Cross. It’s flanked by East London heavyweights Hackney and Stratford and, while there’s lots on offer in Bow itself, you’ve also got plenty to enjoy in the surrounding districts.

What’s it like living in Bow?

Bow, although a symbol of gentrification, it has not yet lost its authenticity. New apartment blocks pop up monthly, they sit alongside establishments passed down through generations, and pickled herrings, pie and mash and decent pints are easy to come by.

Roman Road is the best place to soak it all up, it feature a mile-long high street packed with independents. There are plenty of cool brunch spots, time-honoured greasy spoons and curious boutiques. This is also the setting for Bow’s weekly markets – chaotic, hypnotic spectacles that attract crowds from far and wide.

Mile End Park, Victoria Park and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park allow walking, cycling and picnicking to be well and truly taken care of. We’d also recommend a weekend stroll along the Grand Union Canal. If it’s nightlife you’re seeking, be mindful that Bow’s has a limited handful of quality pubs, but you’re just a hop from the bright lights of Shoreditch and Bethnal Green.

Bow transport

Commuting to and from Bow is a breeze, and a big part of the attraction for newcomers. Bow Road and Bromley-by-Bow stations provide quick links to central London via the Hammersmith & City and District lines, and close-by Mile End is additionally serviced by the Central line. Alternatively, catch the DLR from Bow Church or Devons Road for direct access to Canary Wharf. There’s a reliable bus network in place here, too.

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Buying and renting in Bow

Bow is in heart of the capital’s so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ – a hotbed for developers. Cue a generous supply of new-build properties, some overlooking the water, others edgy warehouse conversions in the centre of town.

Those seeking a waterfront postcode should look at Bow River Village and Omega Works, both of which have a front-row seat on the River Lea and are rated some of the best places to live in Bow.

Good value for London and a really good location for commuting.” – Oscar, verified resident at Bow River Village

What makes this development stand out in particular is it’s close proximity to essential facilities and amenities whilst still occupying a very calm atmosphere.” – Heather McMullen, private tenant at Omega Works

The apartment is great – it’s the reason I decided to live here. its spacious, attractive and well designed and good quality. There have been some problems with the heating, but the building management resolved the issues very swiftly.” – Anonymous, verified resident at Bow River Village

Merchants Walk is a popular choice for its location. Edged by greenery, it’s right next door to Devons Road DLR station, so it’s ideal for those commuting into the City or Canary Wharf.

“The upsides of living in this particular area would be how nice the design and implementation of it is. The surroundings of the development are beautiful with lots of green spaces to enjoy. There is a great community atmosphere here and the neighbours tend to be very friendly and welcoming. Furthermore, the area itself feels very safe due to the concierge around.” – Gemma Critchley, verified resident at Merchants Walk

Marner Point

Other top places to live in bow…

Countryside’s St Paul’s Square is another great option for commuters. This huge development is a short walk from Mile End and Bow Road stations, but also brags a peaceful setting…

It’s a vintage place and good if you are looking for somewhere quiet with also a great view.” – Anon, verified resident at St Paul’s Square

Developer titan Barratt London brings you Marner Point and Ivy Point, where top facilities include a rooftop terrace and residents-only gym.

Amazing location with less than 1 minute walk to the tube station and buses right outside the door… Great community and very friendly people on the development!” – Michael, verified resident at Marner Point

Berkeley Homes’ Caspian Wharf has a huge selection of properties, ranging from studios to penthouses. The same can be said of St Andrews, a sprawling complex of more than 960 homes, spanning apartments and townhouses. Another one to consider is Aqua Vista, where contemporary apartments range from one to five-bedroom in size.

Quiet area, local amenities, clean spec, good community. Good events, great concierge.” – Tiago, private tenant at Caspian Wharf

Families, meanwhile, are praising Bow Cross, an ultra-modern development with some welcome additions…

It’s good value for money. There’s a basketball court and play areas for kids and training facilities like the ones in parks. There’s a lot of security, so it’s much safer than the rest of the area. The rooms are nice and spacious.” – Sohail, verified resident at Bow Cross

You can find out more about living in Bow by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and discover great places to rent in Bow. If there’s a Bow property that you can’t see on HomeViews,  you can add a new listing and leave your review here

Reviews in Bow

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Nice place nicely furnished.

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Review Date Oct 2022

Good it’s a nice new build bad alot of things was never built correctly would have stayed living here tho if covid never occured

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The building was lovely bathroom was amazing but it had some faults extractor fan was never installed correctly you turn it on it blows straight at the smoke alarm so couldn’t use it. Price was expensive but that is just central London it was based in an amazing area so price does reflect the transport and what stuff to do around you overall I would recommend this building to anyone to live in

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I wish I knew how many cars was going to use under my balcony as a car parking spot considering I wasn’t in the main road side it was in the courtyard side

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They took ages but we was in the mid pandemic the only time I had to use then

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Great place to live

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Review Date Sep 2022

Great thing about location is the Victoria Park just next to the building. It’s amazing. Range to the shops is pretty far but that’s not a big issue. There are a few restaurants 10 min walk from here. Transport is ok but not amazing, we mostly use bikes so to go anywhere is good. Street can be pretty noisy, especially the roundabout where ppl use horn too much. Bin collection is very bad, sometimes there is no space to even throw your rubbish out.

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The design of the space is amazing. We have one room which is at the end of the flat so that’s why we rented this place. The building is clean which is great. The main two problems for us where mouses constantly appearing in our flat and the lift which breaks. It took two months to get it repair last time. And the quality of the job was very poor. Buttons doesn’t work in the lift and it seems that it will break again soon. We have two small kids so coming up and down was a big challenge. Facilities are very poor too. Low quality makes them breaks constantly (like our oven which just broken and was replaced a year ago). I would be happy to get better company for this.

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The area is great. Our friend lived around so they recomended this place to us. Especially if you have kids or pets. Market on sunday is amazing.

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They responding prety poorly. The lift problem was so bad and calling them didn’t solve anything. We’re still waiting for them to respond about our problems with mouses.

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Thank you for taking the time to post a review, this is appreciated. With regards to the concerns you’ve raised, please feel free to contact me at mamun.ahmed@a2dominion.co.uk and I will be more than happy to assist.

Great development but requires improvements

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Review Date Aug 2022

Location is good and the development definitely feels safe. Public transport nearby and it is also a walking distance to Westfield in Stratford. Big Tesco few minutes away which is convenient. Apart from that nothing else really nearby such as a cafe, coffee shop or restaurants etc. The development is just off the dual carriageway and so do expect noise pollution and traffic.

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The overall design of the development is nice but it lacks in facilities. Most new developments have a gym, cafe or a coffee shop which would make a huge difference for residents. Also, the green area can definitely do with some improvements. Poor management

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SHG management and how hot the properties get throughout the whole year. No amenities for residents to enjoy.

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Building management needs to be improved and there always seems to be a problem.

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Nearly Excellent

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Review Date Aug 2022

Close to Tesco, Station and Stratford.

No parking availability, dirty roads

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Impressed with designs. Excellent
Regular Maintenance in the morning cleaning the floors
Buildings was repainted after 5 years which was a star made it look better. Its goes back to estate caring about the quality.

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I wish I knew there were available parking spaces.

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