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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Top Rated Developments in Poplar

New apartments in Poplar

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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Amazing Development for Young Professionals

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Review Date Sep 2020

Very clean area, modern buildings with great looking flats, and the latest in amenities such as concierge, pool, gym, a clubhouse and more coming within the next months. Not fully-completed, but getting there.

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The buildings in different colors add a distinct personality to this development. Management’s very friendly and helpful and while some areas are still being completed, eventually different sorts of shops will be available within the premises, making it a place with a lot of potential in the near future.

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Moving in was a very smooth experience.

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

I’ve never experienced any issues and the few times I needed some extra info Management was very friendly, responsive, and helpful.

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Very low security level, maintenance issues

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Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2020

There are 3 DLR and 1 Jubilee stations nearby(within walking distance). Canary Wharf with its shopping mall and restaurants is 15-20 min walk.

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The development is around 5 years old but things start to give up and break already: terrace doors, heating system, window locks, plumbing, etc. Garage doors regularly malfunction. There were 2 robberies(bicycles were stolen from the bike shed) 2 times in less than 2 years!
The management and security are useless and are suspiciously quiet and non responsive.

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Security level is very low, bicycles are stolen regularly

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

The floor heating would be great in winter.
In the summer the apartment is nice and cool

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4 years at FizzyPoplar

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Verified Resident
Review Date Jun 2020

Great transport links
Close Canary Wharf with all its restaurants, bars, shops and cinemas.

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I’ve been a resident at FizzyPoplar for four years now, moving here with my dog Pickles in 2016. That was one of the initial draws to Fizzy Living – it’s pet friendly. Additionally my apartment has a large terrace and there a large park opposite the block.

The second draw was the great transport links. On the DLR, I can get to Bank in 20/30 minutes from the nearby Westferry station. Same for Tower Gateway. If I fancy a trip up to Stratford, a train from Langdon Park gets me there in a similar time. Also it’s only a 15 minute walk to Canary Wharf for the Jubilee line (and Elizabeth line, when it opens).

Being so close to Canary Wharf brings those benefits: there’s plenty of bars, restaurants and cinemas nearby. There’s an on-site gym for residents.

The flat itself it’s great. Spacious and a good layout for sharing with a flatmate. Fizzy Living have been very accommodating for a switchover when the time came for my previous flatmate to move on, being very flexible, allowing things to move as we needed.

Fizzy Living have always responded to repair requests or other issues promptly. They’re my first London landlord and they’ve set the bar… I don’t think I’ll move on until I’m ready to buy.

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Pet rent!
I’ve only ever had one dispute since moving into the property and that was the the expectation of pent rent – it’s £50/month for my dog. I’m still not really convinced it’s anything other than pure profit for the landlord, but in the grand scheme it’s not that big of a deal (and it seems all pet friendly landlords in london charge it too!)

What is the best feature of your home:

Definitely the terrace. It’s huge and during the summer becomes an extended part of the living room – cocktails in the sun 🙂

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this review, we are so glad you and Pickles are overall enjoying living in Fizzy Poplar 🙂

Great development for young professionals

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Verified Resident
Review Date May 2020

Within a walking distance, there’s a big Morrisons, where we do our weekly shopping, a Co-Op, Nisa, a small Superdrug, a few fruit and veg shops and Post Office. The area also offers a few small cafes with delicious and cheap all-day breakfast, a couple of pizzerias and, my favourite, a really tasty Turkish restaurant on the main street in Canning Town.
Right across the street from the development entrance, you can enjoy a walk on the river path with great views of the Thames and the O2.
You can easily get involved with the LCI community. We have a Facebook group which is updated daily and there’s often residents events organised, including Friday drinks once a month.

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I am not happy with property management. There was an issue with one of the communal pipes and them taking care of it was incredibly slow and not proactive at all – we were having to chase all the time to get anything done. In the end it meant that we couldn’t use our shower for THREE WEEKS and had to use the gym facilities instead. The insurance claim is moving incredibly slowly as well and the tiles in our bathroom still have’t been fixed two months after the works have concluded. We received no compensation.

I find LCI perfect for young professionals with the amenities it offers. It is great having a gym and an outdoors heated pool on site, and the Italian restaurant downstairs offers the tastiest pizza I’ve had in London!
I like the design of the common areas, especially the ping pong and the pool tables, which are a great way to pass time on the weekend.
The only negative is that the facilities, especially the gym, often get overcrowded in peak hours, since it is quite small and the resident numbers keep growing.

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If the apartment is on a lower floor facing the inner yard, you will almost never get any natural sunlight in which can start to bother you after a while. On the other hand, I moved to a flat higher up with windows throughout and now my flat is boiling all throughout summer – sometimes it gets to over 30 degrees inside.
Most balconies are incredibly windy, which means you can rarely use them, especially if on a higher floor.

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

Johns & Co are the main estate agent who operates in London City Island and we have the displeasure to be their tenants.
We had multiple issues when we first moved in and our property manager were very inefficient in dealing with those. In the end, I met with their Property Management Director to share my concerns and complaints and we received our tenancy fees back as compensation, but fixing everything still took a whole month.
Later in our tenancy there was an issue with a communal pipe which had to be resolved with LCI’s building management. Both teams were incredibly slow and not proactive at all – I probably spent weeks chasing when it should have been our estate agent who was supposed to move the issue to resolution.

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