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.