Poplar

A Guide to Living in 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.

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…

“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

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

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.

Read more about living in Poplar from real residents, by clicking on the developments below.

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Satisfactory

Verified Resident

Easy access to DLR stations, bus, and underground. Access to the canal and a nearby park.
A few shops nearby that come in handy and a nice coffee shop near the park. A significant number of new properties in the area.
The area has potential for improvement, although now we had a few incidents with some “less honest individuals”, but that’s specific to the entire London.

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Pros:

Spacious & modern flats, nicely finished, well insulated.

Communal garden

Residents that are getting involved in addressing and fixing potential issues

Fast response to warranty issues raised about the flat

No significant structural issues

Nice to really nice views depending on the side of the complex

Easy to make upgrades in the flat (extra furnishing of the kitchen, replacing carpets or floors etc)

 

Cons:

Snags in communal areas waiting to be fixed

The developer and management company are not moving as fast to fix the snags in the communal area, as they do it for individual flats

Could be cleaner

Some security issues, in course of being fixed

The management company is not too efficient

Not perfect, but fixable

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Why ruin the element of surprise?

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

Very slow

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Been here for 2 years and great

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Station is local and so is the gym, really good amenities and people are lovely.
A few young thugs hang around sometimes though.

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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 minute walk!!

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I researched a lot before moving in, it’s all Been great.

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

I live on the ground floor, I would have hoped my bedroom wasn’t Facing the development but not a big problem for me since this curtains.

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A lot better than properties in the area

There aren’t many nice cafes and restaurants in the area. I do like that the transportation links are very close.

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The house is pretty good, and it’s better than most of the properties in the area. No issues have arisen as such. The master bedroom is a big size and has an ensuite. Its a lot better than we expected and it was quite clean when we moved in. The area has a nice family vibe.
We used openrent as we don’t like working with agents so we worked with the landlord directly. Their platform allowed us to sort everything out online and we were able to amend the contract which was a great advantage moving in.

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We were told we could apply for resident parking from the council but after we moved in we weren’t able to get that as the parking pays are now in a no car zone.
Initially we had some issues trying to work out who we were meant to get in contact with in regards to issues such as extra fobs and the electric meter and when we did get in contact, they were aggressive over the phone.

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Bug windows lots of light

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I like the location and there is chemist and doctors very close by.

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The design of the house feels big and spacious and the bedrooms at the front have floor to ceiling windows. Also the top floor has a whole wall that is a window which allows a lot of light into the house which i love.
The house isn’t built very strong and all the walls are plaster. All the door handles get broken.
The taps are not secured and the fuses regularly blow in the lights.
The electric stove isn’t very strong so we have issues cooking.

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There isnt a big supermarket in the area so its quite hard to get shopping.

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

They do fix every issue we have had, however big or small

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