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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Location 11/10; management a big failure.

Review Date Oct 2021

Hackney Wick is a rapidly growing and developing neighbourhood. The variety of bars and restaurants makes the area a very popular destination every day. Transport links are still a bit weak as the only line comes is overground and very temperamental. There is not much parking availability and lots of thiefs.

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I love the design of the development and the fact that it is on the canal. Facilities are mediocre as the gym is not very big and the concierge is terrible due to management. Property management is also a failure as not much service is provided when things break even in the warranty period.

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

They need to be very aware of everything broken in the flat as soon as they move in.

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

They do but sometimes in a few months, sometimes after 2 years still waiting.

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5
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4
Value
2
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Management do listen to queries and request.

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Review Date Sep 2021

Local shops and restaurant has definitely increased. The new Sainsbury’s local was a long awaited bonus. The commercial units under the flats have been empty for a further 3 years now though making the building look quite run down.

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Management do listen to queries and request. Concierge tend to be good and work long hours 7 days a week which is helpful for young professionals. Gym is an add on to service charge but small for development size.

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

Seagull issues!

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

Yes, things such as bike lock security and enhanced cleaning.

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Building management is average

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Review Date Sep 2021

Fish Island is a great neighbourhood, full of vibrant young professionals. Alternative and artistic places (e.g. bars, cafes…) makes the area one of a kind and very special to be part of. Overall it is a safe place to live – despite some petty-crime during the lockdown.

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Building management is average – there is big room for improvement! The communal areas could be cleaner and better care could be taken of them, there is a lack of maintenance. The quality of the properties is good, flats’ isolation is ok – although if you play music with bass the walls are not prepared for that.

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

Rubbish bins collection hours

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

Usually yes, but not always quick enough and waiting times to get things resolved can be very long.

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Signage could be a lot better

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Review Date Sep 2021

I really like the design on my flat, however i think the windows could have been though through more to help with installation of blinds and curtains, it makes it hard to create a blackout environment.
The concierge desk, although the team are lovely does not seem very well managed. It is rare to get a response, they don’t seem to track things well, I knew they had a set of my keys, but they “could not find them”. It was only because i was adamant and chased a few times did they eventually find them – this feels like it should be logged better.
Multiple times i have gone to collect a package, only to find later that i should have had multiple.
Security has been very disappointing – I had my bike stolen when the doors to the garage were broken. I am not the only person, multiple bikes have been stolen, and this seemed to take a long time to look into. Doors have been broken for long periods of time which is a large concern, especially as I live on my own.
When i have had issues with my flat it has been quite quick and simple to get someone over to take a look, although it is not always clear who to contact, and our main customer agent can need quite a few chases to get a response sometimes.
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I love the area that i live in for restaurants, bars and open spaces, however we do need some closer food shops. Transport links are very good, walking distance to Stratford and Hackney Wick, however the walk from Hackney Wick is a bit frustrating, it was explained that a bridge would be built connecting the two, but yet to see this.
The area could be cleaner with a lot of people partying and leaving mess over the weekend.

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Signage could be a lot better, friends and delivery people find it very hard to fine the correct building, especially Whitemantle, as the name is hidden above the door where you might not look.

It seems silly that we cannot rent parking spaces for a short amount of days when there is a vast amount of space.

The building works currently are very noisy

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

Sometimes it would take a while to get a response, but normally once acknowledged issues were fixed quickly.

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

No restaurants or groceries shops getting opened in the area after 3 years time

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

Took some time to get a response but after days they got back to attend and fix repair the issue

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Design
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Location
4
Value
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Management
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