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.

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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good consierge, previous snagging team unhelpful, current one good

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Review Date Jan 2022

The area has not improved since purchase, I wouldn’t walk here after dark. The development is safer, off the main road, but the main road is unsafe, polluted and unappealing

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The consierge team are excellent, the sgagging team I dealt with were unhelpful, denied and were reluctant to deal with any faults until a new team were appointed in 2021 who are good, but too late for me.

The block has an EWS1 low risk B1 fire rating and the balconies have potentially combustable flooring – yet Barratt only completed it late 2018 and won’t replace their cheap materials as they say ‘the rules have changed’. Barratt should do the ethical thing and change their materials, and imrpove fire safety, and on all their other sites which have potentially combustible balcony floors.

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Snagging – not helpful till I involved NHBC.

Balcony flooring and other potential fire risks – The block has an EWS1 low risk B1 fire rating and in particular the balconies have potentially combustable flooring – yet Barratt only completed it late 2018 and won’t replace their cheap materials as they say ‘the rules have changed’. Barratt should do the ethical thing and change their materials, and imrpove fire safety, and on all their other sites which have potentially combustible balcony floors.

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Snagging – not helpful till I involved NHBC.

Balcony flooring and other potential fire risks – The block has an EWS1 low risk B1 fire rating and in particular the balconies have potentially combustable flooring – yet Barratt only completed it late 2018 and won’t replace their cheap materials as they say ‘the rules have changed’. Barratt should do the ethical thing and change their materials, and imrpove fire safety, and on all their other sites which have potentially combustible balcony floors.

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Excellent living at Sirocco Tower

Review Date Jan 2022

Everything is perfect, maybe could be better if it is closer to the station.
And I would really appreciate if there is a self-service common area with free tea/xoffee

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I loved it, everything looks very new. I like the furniture and design itself, everything looks good. I would appraciate if additional services such Cinema would be free of charge, that was a bit disappointing aa I am student. And I just wish it could have a pool, that would make the development 10/10.

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For now everything is fine.

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

Joanna always answered my emails within 15 minutes with a detailed answer to my question.

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Great place to live

Review Date Jan 2022

The area combines the best of all aspects of living: lots of green spaces to recharge, city life with ample shopping and dining opportunities, and quiet and picturesque corners for a long walk.

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Great development and friendly staff. The maintenance team is amazing. They have a friendly word and solution any time you run into them. Dean is especially helpful and fast, and there is nothing that this team cannot fix. Thank you for making our life so comfortable at Sailmakers, Dean.

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Free sports classes, so I would bot habe signed up for other things.

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Yes. Great management, very friendly and welcoming.

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Manager Response

Hi Annika,

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this amazing review. I am so happy to hear you love our development and that the team have made you feel welcome. I will be sure to share your review with the Sailmakers Team and Dean who will be absolutely thrilled with your review.

So happy you chose Sailmakers to be your new home : )

Great development love living here

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Review Date Jan 2022

The range of little shops is great there’s not so many restaurants around but there is a nice parks it’s brilliant transport links into London the parking availability is not great and the car park on the development does not allow you to rent spaces this is what I’d ideally like to see because to buy a space was too expensive

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The design of development is fantastic and The design of my flat is phenomenal I absolutely love it
I love that we have outdoor spaces and gardens and I absolutely love the gym on site It would be nice to have an on-site shop or café I’m not sure if this is coming into the future

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I wish I had known that they were scrapping my roof top terrace which I was promised

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They take quite a while to get back to you if you’ve had a problem but they do come and fix it

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