Tower Hamlets

Diverse, vibrant and with its finger well and truly on the pulse – that’s London’s Tower Hamlets. It’s what we like to call the Selfridges of the capital’s boroughs, in that it truly offers something for everyone. Art lover? Foodie? Or Fitness fanatic? Read on to discover developments that are rated the best places to live in Tower Hamlets. In addition, read reviews from residents who own or rent in Tower Hamlets.

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Excellent

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Very Good

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Average

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Disappointing

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Best places to live in Tower Hamlets

HomeViews Top Rated Development ranking takes into account the Star Rating and HomeViews Transparency Rating of every development in the area

Dock in Tower Hamlets

Regeneration in Tower Hamlets

This portion of the capitals seen much in the way of regeneration and innovation. In the past decade, this area of East London has been heavily invested in – from the celebrated Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to its slick property developments. And the highly anticipated arrival of Crossrail will revolutionise the area even further.

East End history

Tower Hamlets covers a large chunk of London’s historic East End, and so it’s easy to journey back in time here. Characterised by 19th-century docks, Victorian townhouses and tales of Jack the Ripper. Walking tours that tell the story of the area’s heritage come highly recommended.

View of Canary Warf's skyline

Modern pursuits

Perhaps the capital’s biggest oxymoron, Tower Hamlets offers just as many contemporary faces as it does traditional ones. In sought-after districts like Shoreditch, Bow and Stepney Green; modern galleries and work spaces share the roadsides with trendy cocktail bars, street food stalls and also pie and mash shops. These postcodes are hotspots for creative professionals, who frequent the artisan coffee shops by day, and enjoy the cutting-edge live music venues by night.

HomeViews reviewer says…
“Bow is a trendy neighbourhood with a good pub and café scene.”

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Shopping in Tower Hamlets

The retail therapy scene is just as varied. Tower Hamlets offers everything from vintage clothes stores to treasure-trove antique dens. And residents are spoilt for choice when it comes to markets. Courtesy of big-hitters like Old Spitalfields, Brick Lane and the Colombia Road Flower Market. Hands down, these are the best places in the city to experience the authentic sights and sounds of the East End.

Tips from HomeViews reviewers…
“Chrisp Street market one of the area’s highlights, packed with everything from fruit and vegetables to clothing. Billingsgate Market is another London institution with an abundance of net-fresh and budget-friendly seafood.”

“Close to the (Whitechapel) station is Whitechapel Road Market, between Vallance Road and Cambridge Heath Road. The area has a large British Bangladeshi community, and you’ll find all manner of Asian spices and cooking ingredients for sale at this authentic street market.”

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 Tower Hamlets. 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 Tower Hamlets

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Great building and location with bad building management and poor local area.

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Review Date Jun 2022

Super well located, with main bus lines, the DLR and Cycle Superhighway all within seconds walk. The Overground can also be reached easily.

Tower Hamlets Council do however take very poor care of the area, there is constant litter and drug abuse on the streets outside.

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Well designed, great light and natural air.

Notting Hill Genesis take a hands off approach, the building continues to face leaks and other challenges after one year of ownership. Security remains an issue with broken doors/locks and parcels/letters continually being stolen.

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The reputation of Notting Hill Genesis

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

Eventually….and slowly…..after many many chasing messages and reminders (and legal threats).

3
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4
Design
4
Location
4
Value
1
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Good area and nice family-friendly estate

Review Date Jun 2022

Great area with great transport links and lots of new places popping up everyday.

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Good, modern flats. Lovely centre park area with playgrounds for kids and temporary parking for when you have deliveries and contractors come in. The Republic nearby has quite a few up and coming restaurants and cafes, which is great. I wish there was more parking but at least there is some and you are actually allowed to get street parking passes which is not something you can get with other developments.

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The bin situation has been a bit problematic but I think that’s to do with the council.

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The building management isn’t the greatest but in my experience they are all the same so doesn’t really matter.

5
Facilities
5
Design
5
Location
5
Value
3
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Could have been better

Review Date Jun 2022

Easy access to Canary Wharf , public transport and daily grocery

Bin collection is ridiculous, there was anti social behaviour in the past but has reduced

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I thought the design of the apartments from within could be better. The quality of the kitchen is not up to the mark. The windows are also poor quality even though they are double glazed, the material used is quite cheap.

The switches in the entire flat are very cheap

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The home welcome was rushed. I was not given enough time to inspect the property

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

Response has been mostly to say no to repairs or say that this isn’t covered in your warranty even though most of the complaints were raised within 24 hours of moving

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3
Design
4
Location
4
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2
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Rare unique cafes, security needs improvement.

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Review Date Jun 2022

The range of local shops are very good for value especially Salento and Britannia Pharmacy, great variety of gyms nearby, lots of cafes and good open spaces with animals. Good conveniency of existing DLR stations however link to the Canning Town Station could be improved. A closed lane once costed me £40 of uber worth of a normal one bus ride and an additional 1 hour taken to what normally is 10-15min from the development to Canning Town DLR. Bin collection is acceptable though there is often a very bad smell when walking pass the bins. There are also lots of weed users around the stations at night or evenings and weekend daytimes. There is no apparent traffic noise however construction noise is very loud.

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Design of the building is great, sleek and simple with no overly excessive decors nor cramp spaces in the area. Good space in the hall so does not feel too hard when moving in and out nor getting parcels. The facilities is well maintained up to the point of no major long term dysfunctionality, bin collection can be improved with better located large bins inside the building or nearer to the exit.

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Top prepare our own trolleys in advance (which is now available from the concierge) and to cut off moving boxes into smaller pieces so it would fit the bins provided, if intending to discard them.

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

Yes, they have responded very quickly with our issues such as breakdowns and animal control. Very prompt responses via email and very quick support as well. Might be better to arrange them during weekends instead of weekdays to avoid residents having to take of work to help them gain access.

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4
Design
3
Location
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Value
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