Poplar

Historically rough around the edges, Poplar is finally starting to get the TLC it deserves. As gentrification takes hold, buyers and renters are discovering the charms of this neglected East End district, a Zone 2 spot neighboured by Canary Wharf. Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Poplar. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Poplar.

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Very Good

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Best places to live in Poplar

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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Getting to and from Poplar

Poplar station is on the DLR; offering commuters fast and frequent services to the likes of Canning Town, Bank and Stratford. The Blackwall Tunnel, meanwhile, offers drivers easy access to and from London. And soon, Crossrail will arrive, improving the transport links further. 

What’s it like?

A largely residential area, most of Poplar was destroyed in World War II, but the developers have moved in and the area is getting more than just a new lick of paint.

Aberfeldy New Village is a work-in-progress neighbourhood from EcoWorld and Poplar Harca – a mix of studios and apartments surrounded by green spaces, with top facilities.

“I moved into Aberfeldy new village complex a month ago and I am very happy with my flat. The flat is light, airy and spacious. General look and finish of the flat is good too. The complex itself is green and spacious. Concierge, gym, media room are all good facilities and are well-maintained.” – Prajwal, verified resident at Aberfeldy New Village

Build to Rent development Fizzy Poplar offers a superb view of the Canary Wharf skyline, welcomes pets and is close to the famous Chrisp Street Market… This development has been rated one of the best places to live in Poplar.

“Best experience ever! High quality build, friendly and very helpful staff, pet friendly and at an amazing location!” – B Sabeva, verified resident at Fizzy Poplar

“This is the second Fizzy building we’ve lived in. I can safely say we wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, thanks to the incredible quality of service and living standard afforded to us. Our property manager, Tia, is fantastic. She is always so helpful and friendly.” – Flynn B, verified resident at Fizzy Poplar

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More than 500 new homes have been created at New Festival Quarter, a contemporary scheme with its own shops and community centre, plus a lovely rooftop terrace.

“My experience with this development has been wonderful, I couldn’t have any more positive words to say about it. Area is very quiet which I like and the tube station is very close which enables me to travel to anywhere I like.” – A M, verified resident at New Festival Quarter

Fairview New Homes’ Pheonix is a popular Poplar development close to Langdon Park DLR station. Close by is Equinox, a Bellway Homes development with views over Langdon Park, and another Bellway property, Lansbury Square.

“It’s got a great design to it and it’s safe for the children but I wish that there was a GP near the area. I like the building management here, really liked the service from the landlord. Overall lovely experience here.” – Helger, verified resident at Pheonix

“Great concierge, clean and fantastic location by the river and dlr station. Minutes to Greenwich. 25 mins walk to Canary Wharf.” – Jelly300, verified resident at Equinox

“I’ve been living here 2 years now, I’ve bought the place and have had no regrets since. The apartment is the perfect size for me since I’m a single resident. My bedroom is very spacious and so is the living room. The building management are always responding to me on time and even better the concierge, they’re friendly and we all get along. My neighbours are all professionals and never disturb us either. I find everything relatively close to me, like the station and Tesco/co-op is only 6 minutes’ walk!” – Julie, verified resident at Lansbury Square

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Things to see and do in Poplar

Poplar’s most famous resident is Chrisp Street Market – not just a market, but actually the heart of the district, encompassing 80 stalls, a selection of shops, a few pubs, and a clock tower that presides over it all.

Poplar High Street and East India Dock Road provide the biggest concentration of shops and restaurants, and you’ll find some fabulous independents here that have been in families for generations. Poplar has a good sprinkling of proper pie and mash shops (this is the East End, after all), traditional boozers tucked down side streets, and contemporary gastropubs on the river.

Lacing through Poplar’s urban estates are two waterways; the Limehouse Cut and the River Lea, providing peaceful walks away from the busy centre. Green spaces, meanwhile, come in the form of Barlett Park, Langdon Park and Poplar Recreation Ground.

You can find out more about living in the area by reading reviews from residents. Click on the developments below to find out more about residents’ experiences and also, to discover the best places to live and rent in Poplar. Moreover, If there’s a property that you can’t see on HomeViews, you can add a new listing and leave your review here.

Reviews in Poplar

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Nice development, nice building; but the management is well below what it used to be

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Verified Resident
Review Date Oct 2022

Good: Plenty of green spaces nearby, great walking/running/cycling routes. Dog-friendly. Not too far from the city centre. There’s a great bakery nearby (great bread, coffee, and breakfast/lunch)
Bad: other than bus, transport links are a bit far away

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Recently built, in a good condition. Very well insulated. We rarely have to turn the heating on throughout the winter.

It has good/fast internet although occasionally I find it slightly unreliable for online gaming (you probably could pay to upgrade the connection and it would probably be reliable then).

There’s a decent gym which has frequent users but is usually not too packed. (The gym is shared between multiple buildings).

The bike garage is silly because it is downstairs and you can’t get a key to the garage door unless you have a car. So you either take the fire stairs or the lift (which you are not allowed to do with a bike but I won’t blame you).

Please share one thing (or more) which you wish you had known before you moved in:

Enjoy the initial management while you can. Yikes.

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

Poorly. First problems are ignored. After several escalations someone comes to fix the problem but they aren’t allowed to purchase any parts they need to fix so they will come several times (each time taking several emails to actually materialise). Eventually, if we don’t give up, they finally manage to buy the right part and do the proper fix but meanwhile we have wasted several weeks with non fixes.

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Review Date Oct 2022

There are few local shops, tesco and liddle are quite close. The location of the building is very nice, its quite close to DLR and various stations, also buses runinng.

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Design of the properties is nice and building management is proactive as well. I am thinking to prolong the lease for another year or sox months in case of monthly rent is mot increased once my contract finishes in March. Overall satisfied with the development and the services.

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No mew information came to my attention after I moved in

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

Mainly fast response. I have one comment though regarding timing of the contract. The contracts run 12 month minimum and I would like to prolong it for 6 more months probably because I dont know whether I still will be in the country. I think need to be more flexible especially with tenants who want to renew the lease.

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Nice experience, value for money

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Review Date Oct 2022

A range of local shops and supermarkets including Lidl and Tesco. Walking distance to Canary Wharf with lots of good restaurants as well. Lots of opening spaces in surrounding area for sports. However transport is a bit inconvenient as DLR can take more than 40min to get to the city.

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Management is very efficient and it is very quick to get things fixed (usually 1-2 days). Management team is very helpful and always answers questions promptly. Nice range of facilities such as letter box, gym and parcel collection. Would be better if there is a study/working space as many people work from home nowadays. The background check before moving in was a problem as the screening company was not very responsive when contacting the staff. Overall a nice experience.

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I wish there could be a more detailed guide on surrounding area, such as local shops, supermarkets, sports facilities, etc.

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

Yes, very efficient in repair and maintenance. Staff are all very helpful.

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Some of the staff are awesome!

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Review Date Oct 2022

Some of the designated spaces for shops have been vacant for a while. Would be nice to see them being used by local shops.

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Sam is the best concierge! She’s on top of her game. The gym staff is super nice too. Amenities are being maintained to an OK level but can be better. Cleaning is a problem. It is noticeable that Ballymore is on the cost saving track and they are doing it in a way that will cost them more in the long term. Also don’t like that GLH and LCI residents have access to different things. Same island same access would be nice

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That Johns&Co are crooks. They are legitimately the only landlord I ever had a bad situation with. Also parking is not great.

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

They are super slow to respond and things like noise complaints are handled too slowly.

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Manager Response

Dear Simon,

We are grateful for you taking the time to provide a review on Homeviews.

Above all we are delighted to hear you have experienced great service from our Concierge, Sam and will ensure this feedback is passed on.

It is disappointing to hear your concerns regarding the cleaning on the island and we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your specific concerns in more detail. Please feel free to raise a ticket via the app, for our attention to arrange a suitable time to meet.

We a happy to announce that there will be increased activity coming over the next 6 months regarding the commercial spaces on the island and we are confident you will enjoy these offerings.

Kind regards,
Dan Cross

Property Director

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