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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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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Up n coming

Review Date Sep 2021

The area is up and coming with lots of local shops cafes and trendy bars opening green spaces and lots to do parking can be a bit of an issue I absolutely love living in a thriving area the peoe the atmosphere can be electric also can be very calming and relaxing depending on what u like doing

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The design is ok some views not so good as u can be looking out in to others flats but mostly a great development there is a gym and concerge if you need help with anything underground parking people are freimdly and it is a dog friendly area with responsible owners

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

Wish I would of know about the shops moving in under the blocks as we don’t know what we will get toll its done

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

Yes they have assisted me with issue I had and dealt with them quickly

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3
Design
4
Location
4
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3
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I love the design of the buildings

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Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2021

With Hackney Wick on the doorstep, there’s a variety of bars, restaurants, shops and cafes within a 10 minute walk.

Victoria Park and the Olympic Park are both within a 5 minute walk, very handy for exercise and leisure.

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I love the design of the buildings and can’t think of any others that I’ve seen in London that look as good as Fish Island Village.

The facilities are okay, but could be better. The gym could be bigger and in one of the empty Ground Floor retail units.

Building Management is okay, however there’s a big issue with the lifts. There is already 1/2 lifts out of order and sometimes both are out of order for several days.

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Having been in for almost 2 years there hasn’t been any occupants in the retail units, however I believe progress is being made now.

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

We raised an issue regarding cracks in the wall and this was sorted within a couple of weeks.

3
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5
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Great place!

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Verified Resident
Review Date Sep 2021

The development is still growing, so there is more and more to do everyday! The shops that have opened are great, though there are still empty ground floor lots that will be nicer once retail moves in. The area is lovely – buzzing on one side with hackney wick and canal bars, more upmarket and relaxed towards Victoria park.
There is limited parking, but public transport is excellent and the development all sits on a pedestrian area, making it very safe and quiet.

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We’ve lived in our flat for 2 years and never needed any repairs- everything feels good quality.
With covid, We’ve used the concierge and gym far less, but it’s nice to know they are there.
There is still a lot of work ongoing in the final building so not all facilities are finished (e.g. playground), but everyone has made the buildings and balconies look lovely.

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The area is still filling in, but has so much potential! There is some rough around the edges and it is more suited for young(ish) people – some nightlife which comes with noise and rubbish, and not a huge availability of childcare etc for families.

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

They’ve been pretty good – initial small faults were rectified quickly and there is now a residents group. Some decisions have been reversed after feedback from residents, and our service charge hasn’t increased much.

5
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4
Design
5
Location
4
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4
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Fish Island – a vibrant place to live

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Review Date Sep 2021

The range of local shops in fish island isn’t great, but expanding slowly. There are a lot of bars, but less restaurants. The place is vibey and atmospheric, and it is a great place to live. Transport links are great – train and bus close by. Unfortunately, living on my street has been a negative experience since I arrived over a year ago due to the constant building works that have been extended and extended. I am looking forward to experiencing living here without this constant noise and visual disturbance of the local environment. Parking availability is a bit of an issue for visitors, with a limited number of spaces for non-permit holders in the area. Bin collections are good and regular. Anti-social behaviour is minimal, the odd noisy balcony party, but generally everyone is very considerate.

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The design of the flat is great, they have managed to do a lot with the small space. The rooftop terrace, and particularly the planters that are available for residents are a real added bonus. The lifts have been constantly broken (mainly one of them) in the building showing poor quality to begin with, but also poor building management.

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I didn’t know about the planters on the roof – this was a nice surprise.

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

They have responded to 1 of many, I am still awaiting for defects to be dealt with a year after reporting them.

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5
Design
5
Location
3
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3
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