Bow

A Guide to Living in 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.

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.

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

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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Review Date May 2020

We like the area near the canal and park. It is easy access to tube.
But security is an issue.

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Building is well designed and close to tube station. We have very nice view of river
from balcony and there is park next to us. Big supermarket is just 3 minutes walk.
Development is along to busy road but because of building design, we don’t hear any noise from it.

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Local large supermarket is going to be small one

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

Some were responded quickly but some were took time

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Great development overall

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Review Date May 2020

The area lacks a bit of amenities such as restaurants and shops. But it’s quiet and there is the lovely river Lea which is really good to walk and exercise. Very good transport links.

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Bow River Village is a great development overall. Great location with riverside flats, close to a big Tesco and good transport link – 5 min walk to the tube and just 10/15min to Canary Wharf by bus.
SHG is not a great property management and Higgins was a terrible construction company. Lots of issues after moving in and they were very slow to fix then. After a while with lots of arguments and back and forwards – everything was fixed (some we did ourselves at our expense) and now we are able to enjoy where we live and we like it.

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

Make sure you really test and look to every detail in the nagging period.

What is the best feature of your home:

The flat is big with very good size rooms. The river view is very pretty.

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Good locations to live

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Verified Resident
Review Date May 2020

There is a Sainsbury’s just downstairs which is so helpful but also a big Tesco store in a short walk distance. Just next to the underground shutout having any noise. There is a gastro pub on the other side of the street but definitely a more residencial area.

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The good thing about living on this development it’s definitely the location right next to the underground and some facilities like the gym . Also the concierge service it’s a plus, stuff really helpful to have as they also receive our parcels and Sainsbury’s downstairs.

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The area is improving a lot and a short distance from Westfield.

If there is one thing you would change about your flat or property what would it be:

It’s not very well manage by the propriety agency.

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Horrible Place

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Review Date May 2020

Horrible place to live, most is social housing and there are so many jobless people hanging around causing trouble that they had to take the benches away to try and stop people from congregating. Doesn’t make you feel good about living there – you just start to beeline from the station to your house to avoid being outside.

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Be warned – it looks kind of civilised but just take a look at the kids coming out of the nearby school. Their behaviour is a great indication of what the parents and therefore your neighbours are like. I would regularly be chased by kids trying to sneak into the development building to smoke on the roof. Not ideal to come home from work in the dark, be chased by 3-4 teenage boys and then be called a c**t a dozen times for managing to slam the door behind me and not let them in. Great thing is – they’re my neighbours so when I go to sainsburys they recognise me and give me a wink.

On the plus side – it’s good exercise and teaches you how to judge someone very very quickly to protect yourself. Always looks ahead and be aware of your surroundings.

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

I wish I had checked how much of the development was social housing before renting.

What is the best feature of your home:

The door locks, the building stands, there’s water and a roof.

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