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.

4.23
Average Location Score

Excellent

40%

Very Good

44%

Average

14%

Disappointing

2%

Very Poor

1%

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

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

Tall residential buildings in Poplar

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

New residential development in Poplar

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

Write a Review

Costly but excellent living for a young professional couple

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Poplar can be an area with some anti social behaviour. However, it is situated across from a charming park (with a section for dog walking) and is close to Canary Wharf. Bin collections at Fizzy Poplar are regular.

Please review your development:

The design of my flat has been perfect for a young couple living together. The living room is spacious, and the design, such as the sleek wooden flooring and ample number of sockets, is practical and sophisticated. A highlight is the included broadband, which is quick enough for 4k streaming and working from home, and it comes with excellent support. The gym, once open (closed due to Covid), has an acceptable range of equipment for light weight and cardio exercise. Property management tends to respond to repair requests quickly through the app.

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

I wish I had known that the Fizzy app would make so many aspects of managing the rent easy.

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

The kitchen is somewhat small for regular home cooks.

5
Facilities
3
Design
4
Location
3
Value
4
Management
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Canal walks at your doorstep

Verified Resident
Verified Resident
Review Date Mar 2021

Poplar is a great central location, the canal is just across the park and we have some lovely long walks up and down there. My favourite is a morning walk around Limehouse Basin, it is really pretty. DLR stations of Westferry and Poplar are equally close at about 20 mins walk away.

Please review your development:

Well designed, good spaced rooms and finished to a good standard. We have had a few minor issues but maintenance are really good and get things fixed quickly. Management has been difficult with covid but everyone is very friendly and helpful and it’ll he nice to meet the Bob once restrictions are lessened!

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

Some confusion over fees, for example we got 2 cats while we were here and it wasn’t until months after getting them that they informed us the pet fee was per cat, despite having mentioned this in person, on the phone and in the pet application process. It was very confusing!

What is the best feature of your home:

Convienient location and lovely walks nearby. I work 40 mins walk or 15 min cycle away as does my partner which is great we don’t need to rely on public transport. I also love the nearby canal.

4
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
3
Value
5
Management
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Very good

Review Date Mar 2021

Very close to the park. Excellent for people with dogs.

Please review your development:

The apartment is very spacious and the furniture is ok. It is very well located, in front of the park and in walking distance to the tube and DLR. The building is very new and internet connection is great, even the one included with the rent. There is parking on the building, but I never used since I don’t own a car.

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

It’s a bit more expensive than the other places I looked, and they charge £50 extra because I have a dog, but it’s a very nice building and generally I don’t have any problems.

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

The management responded very quickly when I needed.

4
Facilities
5
Design
4
Location
4
Value
5
Management
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Nice building, good location,

Review Date Mar 2021

Lots of shops close by, the E5 bakery very close by does great baked goods and coffee. We haven’t seen too much of the local area as we moved in during lockdown. The park is directly across the road and has been a highlight of living in the area so far.

Please review your development:

Spacious, well laid out apartments. The huge windows are great for light. Building is set out nicely and reception is kept very tidy, haven’t been able to use the gym yet as it’s closed during the pandemic, but the park across the road is very convenient.

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

We wish we had known that there isn’t really any space for a moving van. Found a park on the street eventually but it definitely made moving in slightly more difficult.

What is the best feature of your home:

The balcony and large windows mean the apartment is always filled with light.

4
Facilities
4
Design
5
Location
4
Value
3
Management
Read all Read less

Was this review helpful?

Report

Report

Articles about Poplar

Discover surrounding areas