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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Even more places to rent in 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

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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 building in a good location! a bit pricy

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

– local shops are good
– transport links are good and convenient
– average type of people in the area is not really good. I would not fell comfortable in leaving my kid go around alone in the area. there have few cases of anti social behaviours occurring very close to the building with people also being assaulted.
– bin collections sometimes has issues with rubbish accumulating for many days if not even weeks till a really disgusting point, in a couple of occasions only though.
– no traffic noise

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– it’s a good development overall and Fizzy services are really of a good quality and really helpful.
– there have been few issues with hot water and central heating, which seems to happen on an annual basis. This is probably due to how hot water is managed by the communal area.
– there have been issues with bike storage with at least one bike being stolen
– few issues with lift which seems to happen 2-3 times a year
– windows of the flat face all one side allowing no air circulation. in summer it gets increadibly very hot
– the building bobby provided by Fizzy has always been very helpful in supporting and fixing issues as they arose. Must admit that issues have always being dealt with promptly and within a reasonable timeframe.
– we had to go through the remediation of the ‘cladding’ issue that was discovered in this building. that was not pleasant and quite inconvenient as it happened during the 1st Covid 19 lockdown
– rent has increased regularly and substantially over the years with no real good reason in my view.

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

– I think being aware of the community and type of people leaving in the area is important
– also knowing about how hot the flat gets in summer

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

I would change the way the windows opens. Currently there is so much dust and dirt coming in because of the way they works
I would change the blinders as they are ineffective in protecting the flat from the heat in summer.

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Thank you very much for your review. I hope you continue to enjoy Poplar.

We are delighted and grateful to live in Fizzy Poplar

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Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Open spaces make Fizzy Poplar a perfect place for dog owners. There is a park just crossing the rod, and it has a fenced area (the ‘dog exercise area’) where dogs are allowed to run around without the lead. The only inconvenience about the park is that at night, especially throughout November-January, teenagers light up many fireworks, scaring and stressing dogs.

The park in front of the building is also very good for children, they have just opened a very nice park for kids and some changing rooms for the soccer schools for kids that train here during the weekends.

Another advantage of Fizzy Poplar’s location is that Victoria Park is within a 30-minute walking distance.

There is a food store around the corner that is always very well supplied, and it is also very organised and clean. There is also a dry cleaner and a beauty saloon just beside the shop.

Regarding the convenience and availability of transport, Fizzy Poplar is very well located. The Westferry DLR station is within a 20-minute walk. Bus stops are 8 minutes away.

Regarding living in this street, despite it being alongside a road, there is usually not much traffic, so cars’ noise has not been a problem. There are private security guards that make rounds throughout the day and night. Despite this, there have been some security incidents, albeit infrequent. Since we arrived, there have been 2 stabbing incidents amongst teenagers, but they did not seem to be related to random violence or robbery. We did have an entry into the bike storage inside the parking lot, in which around 4 bikes were stolen. Some things that delivery services have left on the ground floor have been stolen; however, there are 3 signs in the area that explicitly say packages should not be left there.

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The building had a beautiful small private area with some plants and a couple of benches. It is always very well kept and clean. The elevator has broken a couple of times, and the door leading to the ground floor, but Fizzy has been quick in resolving these issues. They did take some time fixing the fire escape door that was not closing, though, but they are now resolving this issue.

The building management has been very responsive always. They have also had some very kind gestures such as treating us with bombs for the bathtub, organising a Halloween contest for dogs, leaving dog and cat treats on the ground floor and organising virtual yoga classes during the lockdown.

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A good thing we didn’t get from our virtual viewing was the enclosed area for dogs. It’s really helpful to be able to have dogs off the lead jumping and playing around without disturbing others.

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

If I had to change one thing of the apartment, that would be the carpets in the master bedrooms; I would change them for a wooden floor, like the rest of the apartment. I would also change the wooden floor in the kitchen for tiles. Both things make it easier to keep each of these spaces clean.

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Hi Natalia, thank you for leaving your home this very detailed review. We hope you continue to enjoy living with us,

Great service and location but pricey!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

– Local shops, restaurants etc.: plenty of new places opened in the last couple of years. The quality of the services is very good, the range of prices is wide. Above all I really value Poplar Union;
– Transport: well connected to all public transports, the Royal London Hospital is only 15 minutes away (by car)
– Street living: many disruptions in Lindfield during the last couple of years due to undergoing works in Bartlett Park. The traffic-noise is very low. There is anti-social behaviour (drug dealers, baby gangs, garbage scattered outside the bins) but we have never had any troubles to be fair. There are supervisors patrolling the area and this gives a sense of safety. I avoid walking down the streets at night but it would be the same in any other areas of London.
In terms of location it’s great. Next to Canary Wharf, the river and there are nice walking paths

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– Design: the flat is gets very hot in Summer because the bedroom and living room face West and there is no air ventilation. However is very nice having a park just in front as we can pop there when we desire it.
If we have domestic issues (boiler, hot water, flush) the Property Manager has always arranged the repair in a promptly and efficient manner.
– Windows: double glazed windows are very soundproofed and they still look new.
– Property Manager: Jeanine seems very nice and approachable. We bumped into her a couple of time even during the lockdown. This was nice and it gives the impression that someone is attending and checking the building.
Overall we are happy to live here, there is plenty of light in the flat and we never had major problems. We would be happy to sign for a long term rental contact!

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Cladding information but a part form that they have been very clear and professional.

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

I would like to have windows on both side of the flat in order to have a proper ventilation.

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Thank you very much for taking the time to review your home! I look forward to being back on site 5 days a week from 12th April.

Don’t recommend!!! Although it used to be great place!

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Good things:
– Close proximity to Canary Wharf,
– 10 mins walk to Westferry DLR station
– convenient corner shop just 1 min walk
– close proximity to the park (just across the road)

Bad things:
– high criminal rate (mainly theft)
– rubbish can be seen everywhere (used to be much cleaner)

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Building management is the WORST!!!
Everything breaks and it takes them MONTHS to fix it, if ever they do. Safety features like fire doors and fire alarms can be faulty and can take more than 3 months to get them fixed and require regular chasing. The feeling is that no one cares.

* have in mind that good reviews are awarded with 1 month free rent, so don’t be fulled

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

I wish I knew that the quality of the service remained as it was in the beginning.

What is the best feature of your home:

Pets are allowed and it’s a modern building with nice balcony and view!

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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with Encore Estates Management, the building management company. Fizzy continues to chase them regularly to get issues resolved in a timely manner. The fire door is and always has been secure however Encore Estates Management are soon due to replace a fitting – this is scheduled imminently. Fizzy runs a monthly ‘Fizzy Dip’ competition where one lucky resident wins one month free rent; one of the amazing perks of living with Fizzy! The winner is randomly picked independently by HomeViews from all valid entries. Please do feel free to get in touch with the team should you wish to discuss anything further. Kind regards, FIZZY Management

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