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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Top Rated Developments in East London

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Much happier here

I can’t fault it, it’s secure, well designed, quiet but close to transport and for me it’s close to work.

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I’m very happy here, the flats are beautiful with good storage (were in a 2 bed). We’ve got a ground floor flat with a patio, it’s so nice having outdoor space. The whole place is lovely – very secure, modern, light and airy. Great that parcels can be collected and stored, it’s away from the roads so it’s very quiet but so close to transport. I’d recommend this development.

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The doorbell rings your mobile – and I don’t get any reception! My partner does but I don’t, darn!

What is the best feature of your home:

There’s plenty of space in the 2 bed flats and the patio area is a great size too

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Amazing review – full marks! Thanks for leaving such a kind review.I hope you continue to enjoy living in Fizzy Stepney Green.

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Nice area and nice building

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Limehouse is a nice area with nice pubs, cafes & restaurants. Still has some rough edges to it.

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Good location being near the DLR station and having Canary Wharf, Victoria Park & Wapping close by. The building is clean, well looked after and the roof garden is very nice in the summer. The building management costs are quite reasonable (although they can sometimes take their time to fix problems).

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Parking around the building can be difficult if you haven’t bought a parking space. Also the price of a designated parking space was inflated. So if you walk, cycle or use the DLR then fine but if you need a car day to day then it could be an issue

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

I would like bigger windows in the spare bedroom to get more natural light.

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Neglected.

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High crime in the area, a lot of traffic and noise from cars. It is however close to Mile End and Canary Wharf with good transport links.

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High crime, vandalism and breaking into the development. Security has been reduced over the last year despite a rise in crime and video entry system has been replaced with an audio only option which doesn’t always work. For example, just a couple of weeks ago men in balaclavas broke in and threatened the night security but building management haven’t responded with any action or addressed the situation. The doors are constantly being broken and do not lock which is resulting in more theft and vandalism including youths trying to start fires in communal areas. Parcels are also often stolen as the communal areas are not secure.

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I wouldn’t have moved here if i had known about the lack of security and safety and how poor the management are.

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

Building management fail to address any serious situation. There is a tenant/homeowners group with 100+ members, many of which have reported serious crimes in the building that have not been addressed.

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Great are and accommodation

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Good location to the city, plenty of shops near by and canary wharf and local tube stations

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Good location to the city, plenty of shops near by and canary wharf and local tube stations, great design of building, with balcony and ensuit bathroom with 2 door from bedroom and hallway, lovely view of canal over spacious balcony, wid variety of restaurants local

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Good location to the city, plenty of shops near by and canary wharf and local tube stations

What is the best feature of your home:

Balcony and ensuit with 2 door entry from hallway and bedroom

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