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.

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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.

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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 views

Review Date Jun 2021

Very quiet with great views over reservoirs towards the city. High end fitted appliances and close to amenities.

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Nicely designed new build flats with well maintained communal gardens. Well finished flats with high end fitted appliances and great views across reservoirs towards the City. Great to have the nature of the New River and Woodberry Wetlands on your doorstep.

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Still a lot of development ongoing, but very quiet inside flats.

What is the best feature of your home:

The view across the east reservoir towards the City is incredible.

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Lovely

Review Date Jun 2021

Very nice and quiet area. Local businesses are really good, with a couple supermarkets with fresh produce and a couple good cafes/restaurants.

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The development is modern, practical and works well. The concierge is great, and the facilities such as the gym really add a lot of value. The flats layouts are planned in a way to provide good natural light and nice views. The reservoirs in the area bring a nice relaxing vibe.

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There are a lot of mosquitoes!

What is the best feature of your home:

The terrace is amazing. Great views and lots of space.

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Living in Canary Wharf along the Docks

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Review Date Jun 2021

The development is 5 minutes from the Canary Wharf station where you have access to the Jubilee Line and the DLR. There will be an Elizabeth line soon which will allow you to get to Oxford Circus in 15 minutes or Heathrow airport in 45 minutes. The development is in a great location, with a shopping centre nearby and an Amazon Fresh and Waitrose. There are lots of great restaurants from Shake Shack to Roka and Wagamama. Plenty of open space for you to walk in the park or walk along the dockside and have a picnic.

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All residents have access to a residential lounge and a media room. One of the great things about this development is the residential terrace which overlooks the docks and the Canary Wharf skyline. You get to admire the beautiful 1 Park Drive building next door and see other residential buildings being constructed.

The concierge team is fantastic and is always available 24/7.

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How beautiful the views were from the residential terrace. It’s a big selling point of the development.

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

I would have liked my bathroom to have more storage space.

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Excellent place to live

Review Date Jun 2021

Close to a wide range of shops and amenities, everything I need is within walking distance. There is an AmazonFresh supermarket, bakeries and restaurants within a 2 mins walk of the building. Excellent transport links (tube and bus) and getting into central London is very convenient. There is a trash chute in the building for general waste, recycling and food waste.

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Very well-designed building with access to lots of perks including a lounge, dining room, media room, gym and pool (which have not yet opened at the time of writing). I have only had positive experiences with the staff who are all very friendly and professional. I had an issue with the construction of my home and it was resolved on the same day.

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The utilities are expensive, notably heating and electricity which has a monthly standing charge on top of what you pay for the actual amount of electricity you consume. The standing charge for me is always much, much higher than the amount of electricity I actually use.

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

Better sound proofing – if I play music quietly it can be heard in the hallways, and any minor noise from the hallway can be heard inside my apartment.

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