10 best places to live in East London

New homes and buildings in Canary Wharf, East London

East London continues to attract a wide range of residents. From more central areas like Shoreditch or Canary Wharf out towards Barking and Dagenham, the easterly side of the capital offers a unique mix of industrial heritage, artistic flair and strong community spirit. We take a look at the best places to live in East London, according to resident reviews of new homes developments. The HomeViews Transparency Rating gives extra weight to more recent reviews. Developments with a greater number of reviews are also ranked higher to reflect consistency across a large number of reviews.

Living in East London

Along with Wembley and Nine Elms, Stratford has experienced some of the capital’s most rapid redevelopment over the past decade. Property prices have soared in the East London area since the 2012 Olympics, as a new generation of renters and buyers have moved in.

Street in Stratford
The East Village development by Get Living in Stratford – the highest-rated new homes in Stratford on HomeViews

Gentrification has long since transformed easterly neighbourhoods like Shoreditch, Dalston and Haggerston. In more recent years, more peripheral areas like Barking, Canning Town and Beckton have seen new developments springing up. These have brought with them the new amenities and transport facilities needed to serve these new communities.

East London areas

Tower Hamlets covers a large and diverse swathe of East London. Stretching from the lower tip of the Isle of Dogs right up to Victoria Park in the north and Whitechapel to the west, Tower Hamlets residents vary widely in both nationality and income levels.

To the east of Tower Hamlets lies the London Borough of Newham. This former industrial region is now a popular residential neighbourhood. Attractive new homes has been built around the Royal Docks, with London City Airport and the Excel Centre at the heart of the area’s new economic prosperity.

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Ballymore’s Royal Wharf, E16 development in Royal Docks

Moving out into the suburbs, and the borough of Barking and Dagenham offers some of London’s lowest-cost housing. In addition, a large number of highly-rated new homes developments can be found here.

Further to the east, the outer London borough of Havering includes the commercial hub of Romford. Residents here enjoy excellent transport links out to Essex or westwards into Central London.

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10 best places to live in East London

Now it’s time to take a look at our ranking of the 10 bes new build developments in East London. As ever with HomeViews, our rankings are based solely on the reviews of verified residents of each new build development.

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how recently reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. More recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

1. 8 Water Street, E14

4.36 (37 reviews) 4.36 (37 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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The number one place to live in East London, according to the verified reviews of residents, is 8 Water Street by Vertus. Comprising 174 apartments in the heart of Canary Wharf, residents can enjoy access to a landscaped private garden overlooking the South Dock and the quiet boardwalks and floating pavilions of Water Square. The development also boasts an expansive roof terrace. This is the largest outdoor space in the Vertus portfolio.

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2. Newfoundland, E14

4.40 (47 reviews) 4.40 (47 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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Second place is taken by Newfoundland, a rental only development of 636 apartments from Vertus. Residents can choose to look out over Canary Wharf, or the Thames and the City. Residents have access to exclusive private resident amenities including a gym, lounge, terrace and children’s play area.

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3. Dressage Court, E2

Essential Living
4.70 (102 reviews) 4.70 (102 reviews)
Area guide to Tower Hamlets
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In third place, Dressage Court has 104 rental-only one, two and three-bedroom apartments. A development by Essential Living, it is located in East London and offers easy access to Bethnal Green’s tube and rail stations, with views towards the City and Canary Wharf. In addition, residents can access a 24-hour on-site team along with shared spaces that are free for all residents to enjoy.

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4. 10 George Street, E14

4.69 (59 reviews) 4.69 (59 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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In fourth place is 10 George Street, rising 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf. The development comprises 327 apartments, which overlook waterside gardens and boardwalks below. In addition, residents have exclusive access to “Club Vertus.” This includes access to a 24/7 gym studio, self-service bar, private dining room and lounge which opens out onto a large, south-facing terrace. Similarly, the 24-hour concierge is available to sign for parcels, arrange for dry cleaning and welcome you home. Apartments come fully furnished or unfurnished – how you make it your home is up to you.

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5. Sailmakers, E14

4.58 (100 reviews) 4.58 (100 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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At fifth place is Greystar’s Sailmakers, a Build to Rent scheme comprising 327 units. It is within the mixed-use Galliard Homes development, Harbour Central. The site is situated on the Isle of Dogs close to the River Thames, and less than a 10-minute walk from the heart of Canary Wharf. In addition, transport links come courtesy of nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services. Residents enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument.

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6. Apo Barking, IG11

4.50 (47 reviews) 4.50 (47 reviews)
Area guide to Barking
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Sixth place in East London is taken by Apo Barking, a development situated on the banks of the River Roding and opposite Abbey Park. It features a range of studios, one and two-bed apartments. Residents can choose from a range of flexible leases and apartment upgrades. In addition, residents can access a range of amenities and facilities on site, including an exclusive gym, The Barking Local, a co-working and lounge space as well as The Hub, the Apo HQ where residents can get help with any day-to-day stuff. There’s also a members’ roof terrace. Residents can manage their home and membership through the Apo app.

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7. Wardian London, E14

EcoWorld, Ballymore Group
4.51 (111 reviews) 4.51 (111 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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Into the top 10 at number seven, Wardian London is a unique residential development from EcoWorld and Ballymore. The development offers studio to penthouse apartments. Additionally, thhe development is close to Canary Wharf’s Jubilee line, DLR, and London City Airport. Residents have access to a cinema, a pool and a gym, as well as other facilities.

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8. South Quay Plaza, E14

Berkeley Homes
4.45 (27 reviews) 4.45 (27 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
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In eighth place is South Quay Plaza, a Berkeley development featuring luxury apartments designed by leading architects, Foster & Partners. Studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments are available at this development, which is located just moments from the heart of London’s fastest growing business district, Canary Wharf. The site is a five-minute walk from the South Quay DLR station, Canary Wharf Underground station and the forthcoming Elizabeth line.

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9. East Village, E20

Get Living
4.48 (468 reviews) 4.48 (468 reviews)
Area guide to Stratford
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East Village is a vibrant community in East London. It offers fully-furnished studios, one, two, three and four bedroom apartments and townhouses. All of these have Superfast WI-FI. In addition, parking spaces and storage pods are available for rent and free cycle storage is provided. Also, East Village is extremely well connected by the London Underground, and other train services. These can take you to King’s Cross in seven minutes.

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10. Stone Studios, E9

Telford Homes
4.49 (20 reviews) 4.49 (20 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney
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Roundong off the top 10 in East London is Stone Studios by Telford Homes. Consisting of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and located in Hackney, Stone Studios is a two-minute walk from Hackney Wick station. Stratford is only two minutes away and Kings Cross is 20 minutes away by train. Additionally, residents at the development benefit from amenities such as a 12-hour concierge, bike storage, communal courtyards and car parking.

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Explore all East London’s best-rated new developments in our full area guide below.

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