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 quality

Review Date Sep 2021

It’s really pleasant and residential area

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It’s a top notch quality, high standard materials, and great property management

I’d def recommend it to others, l only have positive comments to make

Great design, products and the property management was very supportive during the moving process

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Fix the date

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No issues at all, it went smoothly
They always responded very quickly

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Up n coming

Review Date Sep 2021

The area is up and coming with lots of local shops cafes and trendy bars opening green spaces and lots to do parking can be a bit of an issue I absolutely love living in a thriving area the peoe the atmosphere can be electric also can be very calming and relaxing depending on what u like doing

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The design is ok some views not so good as u can be looking out in to others flats but mostly a great development there is a gym and concerge if you need help with anything underground parking people are freimdly and it is a dog friendly area with responsible owners

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Wish I would of know about the shops moving in under the blocks as we don’t know what we will get toll its done

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Yes they have assisted me with issue I had and dealt with them quickly

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I love the design of the buildings

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Review Date Sep 2021

With Hackney Wick on the doorstep, there’s a variety of bars, restaurants, shops and cafes within a 10 minute walk.

Victoria Park and the Olympic Park are both within a 5 minute walk, very handy for exercise and leisure.

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I love the design of the buildings and can’t think of any others that I’ve seen in London that look as good as Fish Island Village.

The facilities are okay, but could be better. The gym could be bigger and in one of the empty Ground Floor retail units.

Building Management is okay, however there’s a big issue with the lifts. There is already 1/2 lifts out of order and sometimes both are out of order for several days.

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Having been in for almost 2 years there hasn’t been any occupants in the retail units, however I believe progress is being made now.

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We raised an issue regarding cracks in the wall and this was sorted within a couple of weeks.

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Great place!

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Review Date Sep 2021

The development is still growing, so there is more and more to do everyday! The shops that have opened are great, though there are still empty ground floor lots that will be nicer once retail moves in. The area is lovely – buzzing on one side with hackney wick and canal bars, more upmarket and relaxed towards Victoria park.
There is limited parking, but public transport is excellent and the development all sits on a pedestrian area, making it very safe and quiet.

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We’ve lived in our flat for 2 years and never needed any repairs- everything feels good quality.
With covid, We’ve used the concierge and gym far less, but it’s nice to know they are there.
There is still a lot of work ongoing in the final building so not all facilities are finished (e.g. playground), but everyone has made the buildings and balconies look lovely.

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The area is still filling in, but has so much potential! There is some rough around the edges and it is more suited for young(ish) people – some nightlife which comes with noise and rubbish, and not a huge availability of childcare etc for families.

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They’ve been pretty good – initial small faults were rectified quickly and there is now a residents group. Some decisions have been reversed after feedback from residents, and our service charge hasn’t increased much.

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