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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Excellent

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Very Good

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Average

11%

Disappointing

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Very Poor

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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.

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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Review Date Jun 2022

Location is good thanks to connections with stations and city center. Area is quiet, with friendly neighbors, and green spaces. Development quality is high relatively to UK standards, however I believe that properties prices are very high too. Not many nice restaurants around, however there are some at 10min walk distance. Don’t have a car thus I can’t comment on parking. Overall, positive feedback.

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Design is good in relation to UK and London standards for new builds. I like the green areas which is an important aspect for me and all residents. Facilities are good, can’t complain. There have been some issues in the building (eg. with the lift, that took over 1 month to be fixed) but overall the level/quality of management is medium-high.

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Nothing in particular in my specific case, all was explained before moving in.

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

In some cases the action to fix the issues could have been taken earlier.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Proximity to tube station is fantastic. There is a lack of nice local cafes and restaurants. The local area is quiet with a lot of young families.

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The flats are spacious modern and comfortable and the building management is excellent on fixing things, concierge, gym, cleaning etc. The gym and pool are great and convenient but often busy at peak times. The courtyard is very peaceful and there are no problems with noise.

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I wish I’d known was that you’re not allowed to hang laundry outside!

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

We haven’t raised any major problems but the building management have always been helpful.

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The ups and downs of a new development

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Review Date Jun 2022

As this is a new development the facilities we were promised are not available yet. It has been quite disappointing that we have been promised a local Co-op which is not available, there isn’t a post box in the development or cashpoint for example. But hopefully once these things are up and running the development will be much nicer to live in. The only waste disposal is the envac system, you have to completely change your approach to rubbish disposal but it should help with pests and recycling. Hopefully we have a food recycling point coming sooner and a way to recycle large cardboard. There is building work going on during the day, but apart from that it’s very peaceful. I’m looking forward to Barking Riverside Overground as it will make the commute easier. However, there is a big issue with lack of visitor or resident parking that needs to be addressed.

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There is supposed to be a gym for residents to use which also hasn’t been built yet.
Overall there is lack of communication between the building developers, estate managers, building managers and council, but we’re hoping this becomes easier when more people move into the development.
We have a Resident’s Association to raise issues we are facing and to help collectively address this to the building managers.
The property is clean and well looked after. There have been some instances of doors not working in some parts of the development, but I think this has been resolved now.
The concierge service is useful and they are very helpful.
The flat itself is spacious and well thought out, overlooking a beautiful, well-manicured and maintained courtyard garden for neighbours.

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I would have liked to know about the parking restrictions in the area. This has made it extremely difficult for family and friends to visit, nearly impossible.
The Sales Associate did say that the walls had been tested and were well soundproofed but my particular flat has the bedroom connecting with the neighbours living space and it can be noisy.
The cost of heating is very high. We are paying a service charge and a maintenance fund daily, meaning that £30 a month goes to these charges before the cost of heating is deducted. Previously I would spend less than that amount on heating a month.

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

Yes, my snagging issues were resolved. My heating issue caused by a faulty valve was resolved. I am waiting for a few issues to be resovled following the 12month survey, which are to do with soundproofing between the neighbouring walls and issue with heat/noise/smells entering through the gap under the front door.

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Perfect place in the heart of London

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Review Date Jun 2022

The location for transport is excellent between buses and underground. The location is also excellent with a lot of green spaces and 2 great parks close by (Clissold and Finsbury). Also close to a lot of outdoor activities in the reservoirs, probably thr only silly thing is that the reservoirs walk closes like at 4pm and opens Lso late in the morning (be aware running is forbidden inside the reservoirs). Shops there are still not too many (a small sainsbury and a small coop) but if you walk to finsbury or to harringai then you can find everything. It’s a small paradise just one M&S or wightrose would be ideal and a pharmacy also but walking distance you have also medical practices so all un all is great. At night the fact that it’s kind of outside the main roads there might be groups of people but until now no issues at all. Parking wise probably is the biggest issue.

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The design is actually well thought and the flat is really well done. The facilities like the swimming pool and the gym is really handy (probably a bit small for such a big number of flats) but generally really well managed. Very clean and the bike storage is also a big plus . There are just a couple of things like posting on the door of the bins when they are unavailable would help.

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There is no dedicated parking which is quite amazing given the fantastic development…this is a big shortcome foe really a nice place

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Well the only thing I was trying to understand is how to check for a parking lot and it turns out none actually knows which is quite incredible

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