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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Very very bad management and AC not working for years

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Review Date Jul 2021

The area is good with nice restaurants and shops 6 minute walk from the building. However the building lacks facilities other than the gym in the basement

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Not bad apartments in general for a 10 year old development. However, since September 2019 the AC chiller has been very poorly functioning and they fix it for a couple of days then the AC inside the apartments for the whole building becomes really warm. The management has been aware since 2 years that the chillers need to be replaced but they are not serious about having it changed because “they don’t have the money”. I have been in the landmark since 2019 but unfortunately the bad management of this huge issue will have me transfer to another development. Living inside these apartments with such high temperatures which gets up to 30 degrees celcius makes me feel like living in a slum area. Avoid please

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I thought the building would be more professional and that the management would be good. However they are exactly the opposite. The only good thing is the concierge

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Doesn’t want to loose a penny. Very bad experience.

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Excellent location and good design.

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Review Date Jul 2021

Poplar is an area of London that is being rapidly redeveloped, with a large number of new residential buildings having been built in the last few years. Local businesses are still catching up with the changing nature of the area. Bartlett Park just opposite the development has had a major refurbishment.

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The development is designed with all flats facing an inner courtyard area that has a garage, waste disposal, and children’s play areas. It is designed to be a low-frills development with no gym or concierge and the service charge reflects that.

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The energy costs were unclear. They have come down recently and the buildings are well insulated

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Yes. Snagging issues were dealt with quickly and a minimum of fuss.

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Bad developer with management full of liars

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Review Date Jul 2021

Unsecured area with drug dealers and jobless people walking around

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The wood floor get damaged by flooring because of a leak defects in the toilet. They amid its their responsibility at the beginning, and ask us to wait for the fix. And they keep delay and push back the time, until soon the two years warranty window will soon finish and they start to lie even from their top managers and quality control managers saying that they cant prove it is from water because it is dry…of course the water will be dry after two year when we wait for you to fix it…

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Underfloor heating will have 90% of leaking and flooding.. If the floor is damaged, dont expect the developer team to fix it

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Perfect place to live

Review Date Jul 2021

This building is amazing place to live especially if you are working in Canary Wharf. Access to central london is also so easy, just 2 minutes walk to tube

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Building management is great. Flats are designed so well interior with high quality
Residents terrace is nice place to chill out and to get some sunshine
Technical appliances are all in good quality

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It is more then I expected to be honest

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Yes, they are really supportive and response is quick

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