Tower Hamlets

A Guide to Living in 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? Fitness fanatic? Come right in, because you’ll be welcomed here with open arms.

Regeneration in Tower Hamlets

This is a portion of the capital that’s 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. The neighbourhoods are 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.

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 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.”

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 is one of the area’s highlights, and is 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. Plus, Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs are just beyond it, which means there’s no shortage of upmarket bars, high-end restaurants and must-visit East London landmarks.”

“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.”

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Perfect for pet owners

Verified Resident

Transport-wise, the area is well-connected (Hammersmith/District/Central all in walking distance). Stepney Green is largely residential with smaller shops and a few local parks, though Victoria Park is a brisk walk away. Dog owners are well-served for walkers and other owners. Restaurants are few and far between, however.

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The Fizzy development has some noteworthy advantages: the building managers (or ‘BOBs’) are friendly, helpful, and generally take the stress out of the sometimes contentious tenant/landlord relationship. The building had several nice perks when we moved in, such as a book lending shelf, and free hot drinks in the lobby, though these have disappeared for the last six months due to (otherwise unintrusive) building works. There’s also a pet stop which is kept stocked with treats/water for dogs – our pup insists on stopping by after every walk.

The flats themselves have modern furnishings, never seem to get cold (lovely in the winter!) are spacious enough for two people in a single bed flat. The (free!) Hyperoptic WiFi can sometimes be a little flaky, but can be upgraded at cost. Gas must be supplied through Vital energy and can’t be changed – a little frustrating when there are cheaper options on the market. Electricity providers can be switched at will.

If you’re a pet owner it’s a very welcoming building, with lots of fellow dog and cat owners. The only downside for pet owners is the steep £50/month charge (on top of a hefty deposit) to keep a dog.

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

That the gas provider cannot be changed from Vital.

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

They’ve always responded promptly and fairly to any concerns.

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Thank you for leaving us this review – I am so happy to hear your pup also enjoys renting here too 🙂

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Great stay in Fizzy Stepney Green so far!

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The area has all the required amenities needed including supermarkets, pubs and restaurants. Maximum 25 mins walk away from 4 tube lines and a National Rail station

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Secure fob entry, and the intercom system goes through your phone so you can let in people remotely. Interior is bright and kept well, regularly doing things to improve the building without causing too much distruption. The flat itself is spacious for a one bedroom flat, with modern appliances and a balcony facing East with good views of Canary Wharf. Property maintenance was super quick too; enquired about some broken light fixings on a Saturday and was fixed by Monday morning, so big props go to Laura for being so vigilant! Been a pleasure living in Fizzy Stepney Green so far!

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Thank you so much for the review!

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Fizzy Stepney Green is a must rent!

Great transport links to the city, loads of shops nearby. Loads of nice restaurants with some lovely parks

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The overall building is great. Would be great to get the coffee bar and book swap area back. The lobby is always clean and security are helpful and polite. The only thing about design is, the walls are quite thin in the flats and you can hear everything from other rooms but it’s not so bad and other than that the building is fantastic

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I wish I had known the temperature dials in the room weren’t fully functional and don’t actually help you control the temperature

What is the best feature of your home:

The best feature is balcony, gives you a fantasist view of London and really brightens up the flat and the big windows allow a lot of natural light in!

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Amazing – thank you for taking the time to leave us this review. We hope you continue to enjoy renting in Fizzy Stepney Green

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Satisfactory

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Easy access to DLR stations, bus, and underground. Access to the canal and a nearby park.
A few shops nearby that come in handy and a nice coffee shop near the park. A significant number of new properties in the area.
The area has potential for improvement, although now we had a few incidents with some “less honest individuals”, but that’s specific to the entire London.

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Pros:

Spacious & modern flats, nicely finished, well insulated.

Communal garden

Residents that are getting involved in addressing and fixing potential issues

Fast response to warranty issues raised about the flat

No significant structural issues

Nice to really nice views depending on the side of the complex

Easy to make upgrades in the flat (extra furnishing of the kitchen, replacing carpets or floors etc)

 

Cons:

Snags in communal areas waiting to be fixed

The developer and management company are not moving as fast to fix the snags in the communal area, as they do it for individual flats

Could be cleaner

Some security issues, in course of being fixed

The management company is not too efficient

Not perfect, but fixable

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

Why ruin the element of surprise?

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

Very slow

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