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 area and nice family-friendly estate

Review Date Jun 2022

Great area with great transport links and lots of new places popping up everyday.

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Good, modern flats. Lovely centre park area with playgrounds for kids and temporary parking for when you have deliveries and contractors come in. The Republic nearby has quite a few up and coming restaurants and cafes, which is great. I wish there was more parking but at least there is some and you are actually allowed to get street parking passes which is not something you can get with other developments.

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The bin situation has been a bit problematic but I think that’s to do with the council.

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The building management isn’t the greatest but in my experience they are all the same so doesn’t really matter.

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Rare unique cafes, security needs improvement.

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2022

The range of local shops are very good for value especially Salento and Britannia Pharmacy, great variety of gyms nearby, lots of cafes and good open spaces with animals. Good conveniency of existing DLR stations however link to the Canning Town Station could be improved. A closed lane once costed me £40 of uber worth of a normal one bus ride and an additional 1 hour taken to what normally is 10-15min from the development to Canning Town DLR. Bin collection is acceptable though there is often a very bad smell when walking pass the bins. There are also lots of weed users around the stations at night or evenings and weekend daytimes. There is no apparent traffic noise however construction noise is very loud.

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Design of the building is great, sleek and simple with no overly excessive decors nor cramp spaces in the area. Good space in the hall so does not feel too hard when moving in and out nor getting parcels. The facilities is well maintained up to the point of no major long term dysfunctionality, bin collection can be improved with better located large bins inside the building or nearer to the exit.

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Top prepare our own trolleys in advance (which is now available from the concierge) and to cut off moving boxes into smaller pieces so it would fit the bins provided, if intending to discard them.

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Yes, they have responded very quickly with our issues such as breakdowns and animal control. Very prompt responses via email and very quick support as well. Might be better to arrange them during weekends instead of weekdays to avoid residents having to take of work to help them gain access.

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Pleasant and growing development

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Review Date Jun 2022

The good: Location and transport links, made even better now with proximity to the Elizabeth Line. Good range of supermarkets and shops within 10 mins walk in either direction of Canning Town, Poplar or Republic London.

The bad: Rubbish collection is bad during bank holiday and festive periods, with Christmas / New Year season being the worst. The design of bins is also not efficient and the bins get easily damaged with replacements taking years to obtain.

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The good: I like the little initiatives taking place such as Food Disco and Chinese New Year decorations. Facilities are good overall with satisfactory 24 hr concierge, gym, communal grass / picnic area and the health centre currently being built.

The bad: Accounts management and admin is particularly poor, with the annual accounts being completed late and it took us months of chasing to get the service charge demands transferred to our name when we first bought the property.

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I wish I had known the steps I needed to take to update the ownership records on the property management company’s system.

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Queries to the estate manager or concierge team get responded to very quickly, however the account management and legal team are really poor in speed of responses, with emails taking weeks / months to be actioned.

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It is exciting to see the development of new facilities around the area

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Review Date Jun 2022

The neighbours and concierge are very friendly, you feel as a part of a community. The transport links are good with many bus stops around and two tube stations within a 10 min walking distance.

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Tenants have access to the gym which is open 24/7. The building management team is responsive and friendly.
It is exciting to see the development of new facilities around the area such as a local cafe and medical center. However, there is a lot of construction work going on at the moment, which causes noise disturbances from time to time.

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There is a big Morrisons within a 10 min walking distance, which is very convenient!
Another thing to bear in mind is that the building is close to the motorway so can be loud at nights, but you get used to it with time.

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We had an issue with a faulty washing machine, and it was fixed in a timely manner.

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