East London

A Guide to Living in 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.

East London regeneration

On the one hand, this is a portion of the capital that’s seen much in the way 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 is seeped in history, and 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.

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.

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…

Find out more – read reviews from the HomeViews community by clicking on the East London developments below. Do you live in a residential development in East London? Click here to leave your review.

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Satisfactory

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Easy access to DLR stations, bus, and underground. Access to the canal and a nearby park.
A few shops nearby that come in handy and a nice coffee shop near the park. A significant number of new properties in the area.
The area has potential for improvement, although now we had a few incidents with some “less honest individuals”, but that’s specific to the entire London.

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Pros:

Spacious & modern flats, nicely finished, well insulated.

Communal garden

Residents that are getting involved in addressing and fixing potential issues

Fast response to warranty issues raised about the flat

No significant structural issues

Nice to really nice views depending on the side of the complex

Easy to make upgrades in the flat (extra furnishing of the kitchen, replacing carpets or floors etc)

 

Cons:

Snags in communal areas waiting to be fixed

The developer and management company are not moving as fast to fix the snags in the communal area, as they do it for individual flats

Could be cleaner

Some security issues, in course of being fixed

The management company is not too efficient

Not perfect, but fixable

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Why ruin the element of surprise?

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Very slow

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Lovely development with spacious apartments, great amenities and transport links in London

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Like: Good transport links into London, very convenient for shopping/eating with local grocery stores, supermarkets, cheap eats just around the corner.
Dislike: Security could be better, high deprivation area (although this development is part of the regeneration of the wider Newham area)

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Well designed and built development. Very spacious apartments especially for a new build in comparison to a lot of other developments in we had seen in London. Extremely good amenities including a residents gym and concierge service that I regularly use. Especially helpful that the gym is 24 hours as I sometimes have to work out quite late at night. Great transport links into Central London only a few minutes walk from the development which was a key consideration as we are both working professionals. As there is still building work ongoing on upcoming phases of the development (and will be for sometime yet) I had been worried that this would cause disruption/noise but thankfully this has been conducted very professionally so far and with minimal disturbance to residents. Snagging issues we had early one were few and far between but these were tended to within days and resolved so very happy with the level of developer customer service. The only criticism/concern has been one of security where occasionally there have been communal doors left open/unsecured (magnetic locks not activate) and the development car park gate has failed meaning access was unfettered.

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Traffic can be pretty rotten at times, especially on Barking road and Green street surrounding the development and parking can be a challenge although the development itself is a “car free development (CFD)” to reduce congestion and pollution. This does mean most however that most apartments do not come with an allocated parking bay (unless purchased beforehand and only applicable to select apartments)

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Hi,

Thank you for your review, which will be shared both with our team as well as FirstPort.

Please do contact us directly (Eastlondoncustomercare@barrattlondon.com ) if there are specific items which would like us to look into.

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This is one of the worse new builds

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The location is nice, especially if you are into Indian food. Bear in mind, this is still east london and it will take few years probably until the area changes.

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We purchased our first home in Upton Gardens, previously lived in new builds, brand news and 2-3 years old both. It was all good during the purchasing process, the flat was handed over in time, however when we moved in it was a huge slap in the face. Insulation was and still missing from the flat (after 1 year), living on the 10th floor can hear foot steps continously from residents on floors below (even from those who live on the 8th floor!!). After multiple “professional” tests (which was done by Barratt by one person judging by his ear, and even though he confirmed that yes he can hear foot steps), Barratt decided to close the case and say that is normal. Hearing footsteps from BELOW is normal??? This issue was reported by all residents living on floors 8th and above. This is one of the worse buildings I have ever lived in and it is a huge regret.
Also the area is not really accepting the new comers, continous issues, Barratt and FirstPort decline to hire securities even after mutliple forced entries by trespassers.
The rest of the building quality is also below average, cracks everywhere, windows are not sealing properly, the whole thing is just cheap on a premium price.

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If I would have known that the quality of building will be this poor, we would have probably not buy here.

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Thank you for your feedback, which we will share with our teams.

We are very sorry to hear of your experience. We would be very grateful for the opportunity to work with you to resolve any issues for which we are responsible. Please do contact us directly at Eastlondoncustomercare@barrattlondon.com.

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Poor structural quality and material used

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Easy commute, local markets and super store and not too far

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Over all, I am not too impressed with the quality of the build, we moved-in in Mar 2019 and flat already has issues with water leak through the walls which is somewhere from above our flat. Issue was first reported in a July 2019 and Barrat after sale team thought its not too serious and now after four months and emails after emails they are saying it’s structural defect and needs investigating but seems the person who came to have look doesn’t have clue where to start from and it makes me nervous that whether will be dealt with care or Barrat will brush this off under the carpet.

Have security issues around the block with people selling drugs and were found inside the block premises, stair cases sitting inside lobby area, sleeping in basement bin compounds trying to open the cars parked there and the list goes on.

Constant recurrent fault with parking access gate, door magnets falling off the door and slow response from customer service team.

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Gated development for good security.

Get the snags done as soon as possible because windows glasses etc may have scratches like we had and we really had to fight for it to get it changed

Be persistent when it comes to getting defects sorted.

Good Commuting options

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Hi Humaira,

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review.

I am sorry to hear that there are items which have remained outstanding for longer than anticipated. Please do contact us directly at Eastlondoncustomercare@barrattlondon.com so that we can look into your concerns and resolve any oustanding defects.

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