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. 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.

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.

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…

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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Lovely area with great amenities

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Review Date Aug 2020

Restaurants and cafes nearby, supermarkets nearby walking distance, and leisure facilities like reservoirs, parks etc

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Property management are fantastic, really friendly and responsive. Delays to the new buildings have meant long delays to our gym facilities which has been a painful wait. Design is great though, inside and out of the apartments with lots of green space around.

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The service charges are huge and whilst the services are good, these rates are far too high

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Very quickly, great responsiveness from the head concierge

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Nice flats in a bad area with terrible management

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Review Date Aug 2020

Nice park and not too far to station. Small Tesco. Busy and loud roads 24 hours a day. Frequent screaming from drunks and druggies at all hours.

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Nice flat until views on both sides were covered in scaffolding and construction noise started from 7am everyday. Horrible property management. Every single maintenance issue took weeks if not months to resolve. 5 weeks to fix heating in December. Hot water breaks at least once per month for the entire building and has not been resolved after 6 years. Maintenance team frequently bodge jobs leaving things worse than before. Emails are ignored until the council gets involved.

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Maintenance issues will be ignored or badly repaired

What is the best feature of your home:

Used to be the view until the building was covered in scaffolding for over a year.

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Great location, flat and an even better service.

Review Date Aug 2020

Love the area. Very family and outdoor friendly. Prefect all round location, everything is here. I have not found anything to dislike yet, probably won’t find anything.

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Big shout out to my relationship manager , Sonia Andrisani. Wow, what great service. No problem is to big. in fact she made them look small and put me at ease right away.

Due to this great service, I have had no issues. It’s a refreshing approach having tried other landlords. Tried the rest and ended with the best.

Thank you Sonia.

What is the best feature of your home:

The view and fixtures/furnishing and the general layout. Not a pockey room

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Manager Response

Hi Adam,
Just wanted to say thank you for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to do this. I am delighted you received such great service from Sonia, we will be sure to let her know.

I hope you enjoy your time at East Village.

Jackie

Tenant for 2 Years

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Review Date Aug 2020

Really near Westfield and the tube as well as the Olympic park for exercise!

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Really friendly concierge staff and the building is well kept and still feels quite new! The other tenants are friendly and we can share furniture etc if people are moving out, via the Facebook page. There is some maintainance work ongoing at the moment but it is only temporary!

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I wish I had known that the rent could potentially increase due to economy I flatiron but this is the same for all properties!

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There is a good sense of community and the building feels fresh and very safe!

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