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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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

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Riverstone Heights – Best accommodation in East London

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2024

I have been living in Riverstone heights for a year now and I truly have had a wonderful experience as there’s a big Tesco and a sainsbury’s just 2mins away. The tube station being on a 2mins walk is the best part as it allows easy commute throughout London. It’s pretty close to Stratford and Canary Wharf which definitely are great places to chill, shop, as well as for entertainment.
It also has been extremely safe living here.

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As mentioned earlier I Have been living here for a year. Moved in fairly early while the communal areas etc were still under construction. I must mention that they have been worth the wait. The co-working spaces are huge with outdoor gardens and are beautifully designed. The rooftop especially is my favourite with outside bbq stations and seating as well as a communal kitchen and relaxing areas. The design and interior is exceptional. Nothing beats the 360 view of London we get from the top. Saftey wise, I have found it to be amazing. The security on site is always there to help out at any time. The management team is very friendly and responds immediately to any problems or any help that one might seek. I have interacted with Beverly and Iga and both them have been nothing but wonderful in terms of extending our stay here as well as other information related to the property. They personally make sure that the tenants are taken care of very well. The tube station being right next to the property is such a convenience.

To any looking to move here, I would say please don’t think twice because it’s worth it and especially for women it has been exceptionally safe in my experience. The well planned and designed property and the team being so responsive is why I would suggest this to anyone considering. I look forward to another wonderful year here.

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

I have nothing say here. It’s been a pleasant stay and I am glad I found this property last year.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

The management team has responded immediately every time we have had any problems or enquiries about anything.

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Review Date May 2024

Nice area, very green, big Tesco next door.
A little quiet and lack of cafe’s, restaurants nearby. Would be nice to have more local spots

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I have just renewed my tenancy at Riverstone Heights, and I must say, living here has been a pleasant experience. Although there was a slight delay in the opening of the communal areas, they are now fully operational and the spaces are fantastic. The rooms are also a decent size.

The onsite team is responsive and attentive. Special thanks to Beverly, Anna, and Iga for their excellent service and support. Overall, I am very satisfied with my stay at Riverstone Heights and look forward to continuing my tenancy here.

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I’ve already been here for 12 months and recently renewed.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Very responsive, usually hear back within a couple of hours and the helpful team are always downstairs and to hand if urgent.

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Manager Response

Hi Dan,

Thank you for your review.

We are glad to hear you feel the team is always there when needed and that you’re enjoying Riverstone Heights with its newly opened amenities.

There are a lot of exciting commercial units coming to the area soon which will include but not limited to a Cafe and 24 hour Gym, which will most definitely bring a huge benefit to the community!

A Nice Apartment

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date May 2024

Daily life here is convenient. Bus station, underground and a extra Tesco just walk in about 5 minutes.

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The inside of the building is always being bright and clean. As the building facilitates complete, the apartment is excellent. Also, the management service is immediate and nice at all the times. Iga is a professional and responsible manager of the building.

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The 27th floor have a great view showing the surrounding and landscape.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

When I report repairs, Iga contacted me and solved the problem effectively.

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Hi Minguri,

Thank you for your kind feedback, always a pleasure to assist and happy to hear that you feel you can count on the team at all times.

We are here to ensure the your comfort and property enjoyment is a number one priority.

Thank you

Great location and beautiful apartments.

Review Date May 2024

Good area. There is a Tesco near by and the tube station is less than one minute walk. I highly recommend

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I’ve been living at Riverstone Heights for nearly a year now, and my experience has been fantastic. The accommodation itself is great, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here.

The communal areas are really nice and well-maintained, providing a welcoming environment for residents. The onsite team hosts various events, which have been a wonderful addition to the community experience. These events not only offer entertainment but also provide opportunities to socialize with neighbors.

The host and management team are exceptionally responsive and attentive to residents’ needs. Iga, in particular, has been really helpful with any inquiries I’ve had.

Overall, I highly recommend Riverstone Heights to anyone!

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Nothing. The location and development is great I highly recommend.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

Yes they have been very responsive. Very good onsite team.

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Good afternoon S,

Thank you for your kind words, we are happy to hear that you enjoy your stay with us. Riverstone Heights is all about community, comfort and style and we want to make sure everyone feels at home and happy while living with us.

Thank you

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