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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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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Good as it’s new but might not stand the test of time

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2021

Good and reliable transport links . The neighborhood other than the development isn’t very good though.

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Good design and facilities. Overall very modern and new so no issues have been flagged yet. However there have been some issues with installation of equipment and leaks and property management has been very slow with responding. A few areas (mailboxes) are starting to wear down and these have yet to be fixed.

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

I wish I had known about communal energy fees, for which we cannot change providers.

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

They have been quite slow with reacting to issues but this is probably due to slow responses between management and the real estate agents.

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Manager Response

Dear Chrissy,

Many thanks for your Homeviews review about London City Island.

We are delighted to hear you are enjoying the neighbourhood on the island and the great reliable transport links that the resort has to offer.

I’d be happy to discuss with you regarding the issues you have experienced and where we can improve our response times and efficiencies.
Please feel free to raise a ticket via the app for my attention and I’d be happy to pick this up.

I wish you the very best and we look forward to welcoming you to the upcoming community activities on the island.

Kind Regards
Dan Cross
Resort Director

A gem in e14

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2021

Excellent overall; area rapidly gentrifying with more and more new developments popping up all over the place.

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The design of the building and, more specifically, of my flat is pretty good and well thought out. There is no concierge or gym on-site, which I used to see as a negative but now appreciate given the cost of the above.

The property is managed well by a committed group of residents.

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

Installing a proper shower screen turned out to not be a problem at all as all tiles are waterproof!

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

I would probably come up with a common area where people can meet.

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2021

I particularly like the cafe and the gym of the development. It’s convenient and got a high standard. We have got bus stops and underground close to the developments, so the range of public transports we can choose from is brilliant.

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Good overall. But the look of the buildings are lack of creativity. The facilities and management team is very good. I can submit my query through the ballymore application and the team will respond to my query within a day. I had to arrange for light fixings once and that was well sorted

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

The room temperature in summer is boiling hot. Need to get prepared and buy a portable air con before summer

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

I live in a building without air-conditioning and we only got the door to the balcony but no windows

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Dear HZ,

We are grateful for your feedback and we are delighted you are enjoying the LCI Life App, our communication network here on the island. Additionally, we are happy you feel looked after by our teams in the facilities onsite.

The Hospitality and Gym on the island have both been big hits for our residents, but there is still so much more to come as well, so hopefully your living experience will get even better.

I understand you have been having issues with the temperature at times in the building, if you’d like to speak with me in more detail about this, feel free to raise a ticket via your app and I’d be happy to be of assistance.

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Dan Cross
Resort Director

A well-rounded place to call home!

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jul 2021

The good things include very close access to Canning Town Underground station and the Excel Exhibition Centre. The close proximity to the underground however means that the surrounding area is very noisy.

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What this development is great at providing is easy access to amazing transport links. Canning Town Station is right on my doorstep, making travel to business districts like Canary Wharf quick and easy! The Excel Exhibition Centre is also only moments away.

Although easy access to transport provides great convenience, it comes at the expense of peace and quiet. It’s close proximity creates a lot of noise as trains frequently arrive and depart at Canning Town.

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

There isn’t really anything I wish I had known before moving in since I was already quite adequately prepared.

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

Currently, I have not raised any problems with management so I have yet to experience their response.

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Dear Antonio,

We are happy to hear you are enjoying London City Islands transport links and top spots local to us. Additionally, we are due some more exciting hospitality and retail options to be opening right here on the island as well.
We are delighted you were prepared when you moved in and had a good idea what to expect from the resort, however if you do have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, by raising a ticket on the app.

Kind regards

Dan Cross

Resort Director

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