East London

Perhaps the capital’s biggest oxymoron, East London is a place where traditional meets contemporary and all walks of life collide. And there lies its draw, as many of its millions of occupants will attest to. Read on to discover developments that are the best places to live in East London. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in East London.

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Best places to live in East London

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

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East London regeneration

On the one hand, this portion of the capital has seen lots of renovation and innovation. In the past decade, East London has been heavily invested in – from Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and its neighbouring new-build residential developments, to Hackney’s cutting-edge arts and music scene. And the highly anticipated arrival of Crossrail will revolutionise the area further.

On the other hand, East London seeps history; characterised by its 19th-century docks, Victorian townhouses and tales of Jack the Ripper. Whitechapel walking tours that chart the stories of yesteryear and take in age-old pubs come highly recommended.

Skate park

Tower Hamlets’ creative hubs

The Tower Hamlets borough is home to sought-after neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, Hoxton and Bethnal Green. Where traditional boozers and pie and mash shops share space with exhibitions and galleries. These districts are a favourite for creative professionals; who frequent the artisan coffee shops by day and the live music venues by night. To the north of these so-called ‘hipster hotspots’ you’ll find Mile End. Which offers the same East End spirit with a side-order of canalside walks and a family-friendly park.

Tower Hamlets is arguably the best borough in the capital for shopping; there’s everything from vintage clothes stores to treasure-trove antique dens. As for markets, you’re spoilt for choice, thanks to big-hitters like Old Spitalfields, Brick Lane and the Columbia Road Flower Market.

Canary Wharf

London’s most famous skyline, Canary Wharf’s residential developments are quadrupling, and the area is no longer just a Monday to Friday destination. Here, five supersize malls and a myriad of Thames-facing restaurants and bars sit alongside the high-spec high rises. And transport links here are among the finest in East London. The Jubilee line and the DLR offer fast and reliable connections for commuters, plus Thames Clipper riverbus services are an option if you’d rather get to work along the water. Canary Wharf isn’t just a hive for city slickers these days, though. A handful of good schools and some surprising green swathes have captured the attention of families, as well.

View of East London

East London’s pockets of calm

Head out to the likes of Havering, Newham and Barking & Dagenham, and there’s sweeping parkland and wide, leafy streets lined with grandiose houses. It results in a less urban feel than most other East London postcodes, but these are no wallflowers – the club and cocktail scenes in places like Chingford and Plaistow rival the traditionally trendier playgrounds. In E17’s Walthamstow, residents are treated to a charming village centre and a sprinkling of gastropubs in the shadow of sprawling Epping Forest.

Diverse, vibrant and with its finger well and truly on the pulse, the East End is the Selfridges of London’s geography, in that it truly offers something for everyone. Art lover? Foodie? Fitness fanatic? Come right in, because you’ll be welcomed with open arms…

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

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Great living experience!

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Review Date Jun 2024

It’s close to everything really, train station, local shops, restaurants and amenities all within walking distance.

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I have lived here for almost 3 years now and have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Apo Barking. The team has been helpful and always on hand to assist with my queries and take the time out to sit and talk with me. Especially Simone, I give her 10/10! Thank you Simone for all your support 🙂

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Nothing I would have wished to have known, I haven’t had any issues during my stay here.

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They have been really responsive and on hand to help with any queries i have had. The team will always take the time to listen to me.

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A brilliant place to stay

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Review Date Jun 2024

I love the area and ease of being able to stumble out of bed in the morning into Westfield where everything is at your fingertips. The range at Westfield is literally mind blowing, it has everything. It takes less than 5min to be in a wonderful shopping center.
The access to a big train station is phenomenal and whilst Stratford isn’t where I’d dreamed of ending up, I am absolutely loving it. It makes getting anywhere easy which is such a must in London.
I wondered if train noise would be a thing, it is not. There is some surrounding construction which can be trying, but I remind myself it won’t be there forever.

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The building spa, gym, and workplace facilities are just incredible. It’s really wonderful having so much literally on my doorstep. Don’t even get me started on the fact that printers are easily accessible- it’s just brilliant!

What makes it standout are some really fabulous staff members at concierge and reception.
Thank you, Holy and Karina who gave me the most incredible service at the gym and spa. Your helpful and friendly attitude was such a breath of fresh air. I really appreciate it.
Kush at the front desk- thank you for all of your help! It made everything so much easier and I appreciate the time you took to help me with my queries.
All in all, a stunning place to live!

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I wish I’d known there was a loading bay to drop off my luggage.
I also wish I’d known about living here sooner.

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Building management from the building itself has been amazing.

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Lovely area and design

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Review Date Jun 2024

The area is really nice and calm. I love the buildings and the park areas they have built. Never feel unsafe walking around

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Property management can be a bit slow in getting back to you in responses but so far we have had our issues sorted. The design of the property is lovely and feels new and modern. The layout inside my property has allowed for a lot of space and again a mordern look.

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This property was a good find so I have no tips. Happy with it

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The living room layout, I like the I don’t have to go to another room to get food

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Calm and picturesque development

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Review Date Jun 2024

There are an increasing number of small local businesses around the development. I particularly like the local wildlife, there are ducks and swans in the dock. The streets are quiet and feel safe.

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Property management are sometimes slow to answer emails or requests but are generally helpful. The design of the development is really nice and the new flats that are being built are all very nice. The concierge is a nice touch, they are always friendly and ready to take parcels when we need.

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

I didn’t know just how much I would love living here.

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

They take a while to respond and sometimes need prompting but do eventually reply.

What is the best feature of your home:

The flat is very spacious, especially for London and open plan which is nice

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