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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Legacy Wharf review by me

Review Date Jan 2021

I think the area is beautiful and the overall look of the building is excellent.Close to shops and a really tight community.

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The building is spectacular and a lot of thought has obviously gone into this building.the building management is great,always clean and smells great too haha.Last of all the facilities is absolutely great , best facilities I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

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I would recommend buying chairs to sit on the balcony as it’s absolutely beautiful!

What is the best feature of your home:

Best feature is the view in my personal opinion, i cant stop looking out of it!

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Up and coming friendly development.

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Review Date Jan 2021

Gradually turning into a great place to live with lots of green and outdoor space. Fantastic transport links with a short walk to Upton Park underground, zone three. Lots of fantastic and varied restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets. For those that love to cook the near by Queens Market is brilliant for fresh veg, meat and fish. Billingsgate fish market and New Spitalfields vegetable markets are near by. Every type of shop you need is close to hand.

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Very well designed flats and apartments with great size rooms and the most up to date innovations, right down to the underground parking and secure bike stores. Great security service when concierge is closed. Concierge and development staff are very friendly and keep things clean and orderly. Gardens are well maintained and will be great areas to socialise and for children to play safely.

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I wish I had known more about the e vehicle charging pods that have been installed.

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I love the big windows but rooms can get a bit hot in the summer if the sun is shining directly on them.

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Great community.

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Review Date Jan 2021

I love that the area is very beautiful and very easy to access.

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This building management is nice, very lovely people live in the area.such lovely community like vines and it is absolutely amazing the facilities are very good I can access supermarkets and food outside and it is very nice and lovely. I really like being able to buy fresh produce from everywhere in here

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Lovely people in this community it is so sweet.

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The cute view to the garden where it is lovely to often see children play.

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Don’t even think about it!

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Review Date Jan 2021

Don’t even plan to move here! We were one of the first tenants five years ago, when this complex was a nice pleasant place to leave. But in the last one year(especially few months) it’s a horror. In the middle of December none of us (tenants in this buildings) had hot water/heating for over 2 weeks. Rubbish not collected most of the times. This cute little Green park /play ground for kids now used by junkies and street kids smoking weed in the middle of the day. At the moment tenants have no water in our flats for over 5 days now (no bath/ no cleaning/ no washing laundry) . None of the times sufficient resolution was made by the estate management (Rendnall&Rittner).

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Your estate management team is highly unprofessional and the development is rubbish. Council flats have better quality. We lived here for over 5 years because we loved the location and flat was cozy. But now we feel very disappointed in a middle of winter and pandemic we have no access for water, can’t even flush the toilette. And the estate team have no emergency plan or resolution for this situation?

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If I know that we will not have access for basic things for weeks : water, heating I would never move here

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

FIX THE WATER SYTEM, you can’t sell flats with no running water
Resolve rubbish collection
Make your security team work for their money, stop letting junkies use the public area

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