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

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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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Great location and flat, need better mgmt

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Review Date Apr 2022

The location, community and actual flat is great! But we have yet to see retail progress!

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We have had nonstop issues with the functionality of our property and we have yet to see the development of the retail space. The lift and gates are constantly not working. A year on still no access to parking or bike storage. We barely get updates unless we chase! The paint used in internal shared space is very dirty and haven’t had windows cleaned except once since moved in

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The fact that we would need to chase on everything !

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At first it was horrible and it felt as though they were not addressing the root cause. We had repeat issues.

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Building management has been a bit poor

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Review Date Apr 2022

Lots of local bars, few shops only an over priced corner shop. Limited parking options but very quiet as not road facing. Lots of late night parties

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Building management has been a bit poor, bins are often left on the street for several days at a time. Communal areas are cleaned but not well, lots of dirt in the loft still. Lobby subject to theft often. Lobby quite dark. Cycle room overflowing so not ideal either

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How poor LaQ are, I would avoid if you can but not everyone has a choice

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Often quite slow, had bollard issues for weeks and gate issues for weeks and not resolved.

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Poor development and badly maintained

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Review Date Apr 2022

The area is good for bars, restaurants but it still needs some more development to become better. As the development design is not secure and the overall materials used such as door locks, fob security, etc is poor we have had a lot of thefts and vandalism events. The development and the building management rarely do anything about it. Bin collection is also poor and as there is no fencing we get a lot of people coming into our development and engaging in anti social behaviour. Transport links are generally at 15min walking distance

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As mentioned above the development doesn’t help us with the thefts and vandalism. We have also raised a lot of police complaints. The plumbing in the building has caused a lot of heating problems across the building. The children’s ‘park’ is just a few stumps and don’t look like they are safe. The greenery around is not done well and the plants were badly planted or died shortly. The cleanliness outside is never considered and usually littered. The quality of the materials used for the shower as well as the lights is also poor. The response time is very slow. My heating stopped working in November and wasn’t fixed until mid Jan. They also tied us in with a terrible building management company who don’t help us or respond. They don’t fix things such as the lift which has broken for the third time, the door which keeps breaking, the cycle store locks, etc. They charge a lot of money and don’t do much. When we complain about not paying they threaten with fines and penalties. The development has also tied us in with a very expensive heating agency which we are not allowed to change. They increased more than double this time and when we complained they said we can’t do anything about it as it’s in the contract. This was something the developer never informed. Similarly for the internet. There is no BT or virgin option like you would usually have.

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The heating contract and the fact that it can’t be changed to something more green and sustainable

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

The building management is extremely careless and doesn’t respond to our complaints. They scratched everyone’s windows by using a poor quality method to clean and haven’t fixed it. I have sent almost 30 emails as it’s been 8 months since they damaged my property but if I don’t pay them they charge penalities. They also take a lot of time fixing our main door which keeps breaking. They don’t engage in proper cleanliness or maintainence. They stop replying to our emails and pretty much ghost us. The development also doesn’t do anything about it when we complained. We are basically trapped with no one to help and unsure of our rights here

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Great design, atrocious facilities management and atrocious system for warranty repairs

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Review Date Apr 2022

Love the area. Up and coming, lively fun place to live with lots of green space nearby – Victoria park
and Olympic park and canals. Westfield nearby which is very handy. Great bars and restaurants

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Apartment is a good design, big windows , south facing and specious. Appliances are good. Flooring is nice and doors are nice. Bathroom is flimsy and has quickly gone shabby in places. Facilities are atrocious, bike store lock keeps breaking with bikes stolen on occasion. Bin store lock constantly broken. Entrance door keeps breaking and lift keeps breaking. Bad designs. Facilities management is terrible – it taken weeks to get fixed. Last time the lift broke – it took 3 weeks for it to be repaired. The entrance door has been broken for weeks. Taylor Wimpey never reply to my emails about repairing my bathroom so process for repairs that are under warranty is atrocious

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That after the builders leave, it is very hard to get things fixed

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

Rarely – windows have been fixed and radiators repaired. I’ve emailed numerous times about my bathroom and my bathroom and my emails are always ignored. Facilities management of common areas is appalling – Remus are useless

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