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.

Royal wharf e16 birds eye view
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.

10 best new homes developments in East London

1. 10 George Street, E14

4.81 (25 reviews) 4.81 (25 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
Image of 10 George Street, E14
10 George Street rises 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf. The development comprises of 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 […] Read reviews and details of 10 George Street, E14

2. Dressage Court, E2

Essential Living
4.62 (59 reviews) 4.62 (59 reviews)
Area guide to Tower Hamlets
Image of Dressage Court, E2
There are 104 rental-only one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Dressage Court, a development by Essential Living. The development is located in East London. It 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 […] Read reviews and details of Dressage Court, E2

3. Sailmakers, E14

4.64 (51 reviews) 4.64 (51 reviews)
Area guide to Canary Wharf
Image of Sailmakers, E14
Greystar’s Sailmakers is a Build to Rent scheme, which comprises of 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 […] Read reviews and details of Sailmakers, E14

4. Fizzy Canning Town, E16

Fizzy Living
4.50 (146 reviews) 4.50 (146 reviews)
Area guide to Canning Town
Image of Fizzy Canning Town, E16
Fizzy Canning Town E16, brought to us by pet-friendly Build to Rent landlord Fizzy Living. On offer here are one, two and also, three-bedroom apartments in a multi-storey building. It actually forms part of the larger Vermillion development, which is a few minutes’ walk from Canning Town Station. Read reviews and details of Fizzy Canning Town, E16

5. The Otto, E5

4.73 (6 reviews) 4.73 (6 reviews)
Area guide to Hackney
The Otto is a development by Londonewcastle and the London Borough of Hackney, which features 90 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments alongside a primary school located on the ground and first floors. The development is moments away from the Hackney Downs park and Clapton, Rectory Road and Hackney Downs stations are all within a […] Read reviews and details of The Otto, E5

6. East Village, E20

Get Living
4.44 (206 reviews) 4.44 (206 reviews)
Area guide to Stratford
Image of East Village, E20
East Village by Get Living is a vibrant community in East London, with more than 3,300 homes and 30 independent retailers and 25 acres of parks and wetlands. The former Athlete’s Village is on the doorstep of Queen Olympic Elizabeth Park with easy access to iconic sporting venues: Lee Valley Velopark, London Aquatic Centre and Copperbox Arena. East Village offers fully-furnished studios to four […] Read reviews and details of East Village, E20

7. Fizzy Stepney Green, E1

Fizzy Living
4.42 (125 reviews) 4.42 (125 reviews)
Area guide to Tower Hamlets
Image of Fizzy Stepney Green, E1
Fizzy Stepney Green has a prime setting in E1, very close to Stepney Green Underground and Queen Mary’s University. There are one, two and three-bedroom apartments here, managed by Fizzy Living. Fizzy Living is a Build to Rent landlord, so all units are rental-only and pets are welcome. Read reviews and details of Fizzy Stepney Green, E1

8. Bow Garden Square, E14

Telford Homes
4.46 (16 reviews) 4.46 (16 reviews)
Area guide to Tower Hamlets
This new-build development by Telford Homes is situated in Bow, London, and comprises of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and a handful of ‘sky villas’ (a mixture of two and three-bedroom duplex apartments). Bow Garden Square is within close proximity to Mile End tube station (for the District line) and Devons Road DLR, which means […] Read reviews and details of Bow Garden Square, E14

9. Aberfeldy New Village, E14

EcoWorld, Poplar HARCA
4.32 (63 reviews) 4.32 (63 reviews)
Area guide to Poplar
Aberfeldy new village E14 street view
Aberfeldy New Village is a joint venture by Ecoworld and Poplar Harca. Just 4 minutes away from Canary Wharf and 15 minutes from the City, this development offers a range of studios as well as one and two-bedroom apartments in East India Dock. Canning Town Underground station is only a 12-minute walk away, providing swift […] Read reviews and details of Aberfeldy New Village, E14

10. Gallions Point, E16

Telford Homes
4.33 (22 reviews) 4.33 (22 reviews)
Area guide to Royal Docks
Gallions Point is part of the huge mixed-use Gallions Quarter development by Telford Homes, and will comprise of 127 apartments, as well as commercial space and landscaping upon its completion. The development is located next to Gallions Reach DLR station, and near to Royal Albert Dock – an area undergoing extensive work. Nearby Custom House […] Read reviews and details of Gallions Point, E16

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

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