Characterful, close to central London and boasting a lovely mix of East End colour and general convenience… Sitting pretty in Zone 2, Bow is a fascinating mix of historic London stories and renewed prospects. If you’re looking to find the best places to live in Bow, our reviews can give you some great places to start.
Living in Bow – Old and New, side by side
London’s East End fosters incredibly strong communities to this day, and Bow is a prime example of this. It’s a delight to walk around, as Bow’s old conservation areas of beautiful Victorian and Georgian houses are clustered around a hive of new property development activity. With dozens of new sites springing up, offering thousands of new riverside homes, the old and new come together beautifully in Bow.
In terms of accessibility, Bow has a lot to offer. Canary Wharf and the City of London are both within easy biking distance. As for the Underground, there are plenty of Hammersmith & City and District Line connections, as well as the Central Line at Mile End.
If you’re looking for green spaces, Bow is home to Victoria Park, which is London’s oldest public park. There’s plenty of other options to, such as Mile End Park and Grove Hall.
While Bow is attracting young professionals in greater numbers, there’s plenty that appeals to families too. Bow’s schools are generally either rated ‘Good’ or higher by Ofsted. Plus there’s a growing range of family-friendly restaurants and gastropubs opening up across the area.
Average Bow property prices
While Bow is less than five miles from the centre of London, you won’t have to pay Central London prices. Flats tend to sell for around £350,000, while terraced properties are pricier, trending towards £800,000 on average. Bromley-by-Bow has the cheapest average in the Tower Hamlets borough, at around £430,000.
The real Bow property hotspot is around Bow Street Station. Despite the pandemic, average prices have risen by around 7% here in the past 12 months.
10 Best places to live in Bow
Now it’s time to dive into Bow properly and dig out its top-rated developments. As always, this list of the best places to live in Bow has been determined entirely by the ratings of the residents who have submitted their scores to HomeViews. Verified by us, we can share with you the real opinions of the people who live in Bow and where they think are the best property spots in the area.
Number one on our list is Lime Quarter, located right in the middle of Bow and quickly winning over residents who appreciate the thoughtful design and high-quality build of the apartments and communal areas. Regularly commented upon are the great city views, helpful concierge and the easy access to the area’s transport links, which include Bow Road and Mile End Underground stations. Being just down the road from the beloved pub, The Angel of Bow, is a nice added bonus!
Next we have Bow East by L&Q, which comprises 40 1, 2 and 3-bedroom Shared Ownership apartments. It’s a recent build, completed in 2019, and residents here benefit from private outdoor spaces, private communal courtyards and a children’s playground with CCTV. Bow East is just a 4-minute walk from Bow Church DLR station and an 8-minute walk from Bow Road Underground Station.
4.52 (5 reviews)
4.52 (5 reviews)
Residents at Gunmakers rate their development highly. Located on the banks of the canal by Victoria Park, Gunmakers is a residential development by A2Dominion Rental Only. It features a range of family homes as well as a mix of studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Residents have a lot of praise for the design and useful layout of the flats, as well as the quality and variety of local amenities. Gunmakers is only moments away from Victoria Park and a 20-minute walk away from Hackney Wick Station.
In at number four is Marner Point by Barratt London. This residential development is situated in Jefferson Plaza in Bow. Residents can enjoy access to a residents-only gym as well as a communal roof terrace. The development is moments away from Bromley-By-Bow Underground Station with links to the District and Hammersmith & City lines.
Hitting the mid-point of our list is Ivy Point, which is part of Barrett London’s St Andrew’s development. Residents particularly appreciate the good range of facilities, which include access to a 24-hour concierge service, gym and a communal roof terrace. The development itself is located only moments away from Bromley-by-Bow Underground stations with links to the District and Hammersmith & City lines. This means that Canary Wharf is less than 10 minutes away.
Developed by Berkeley Homes, Caspian Wharf is a new-build development made up of two sites divided by Violet Road in the centre. The properties are next to the Limehouse Cut and apartment sizes vary from studios to penthouses. Good transport links are enjoyed on both sides, as Landgon Park and Devons Road DLR stations are just over a five-minute walk away from Caspian Wharf, and Bromley-by-Bow Underground station is a 15-minute walk away.
This is another development that enjoys a great location both for enjoying local amenities and quick access to central London. St Paul’s Square is a Countryside development comprising 364 one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments. Both Mile End and Bow Road station are less than 15 minutes’ walk away, with connections to the Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines.
Bow Cross is a residential development comprising one- and two-bedroom apartments that have undergone a comprehensive refurbishment and get the thumbs up from residents. The development is located just outside the City of London, situated in between Bow Road and Bromley-by-the-Bow Stations. This means that residents enjoy quick links to the City, West End and Canary Wharf.
4.01 (11 reviews)
4.01 (11 reviews)
Bow River Village is a new-build development that makes the most of its riverside location. There’s a selection of one, two and three-bedroom riverside apartments on offer here, housed in a building on the banks of the River Lea. Bromley-by-Bow Underground Station and Bow Road DLR are less than 5 and 10 minutes’ walk respectively, which provides an easy 10-minute commute to the City and Canary Wharf. Understandably, residents have plenty of compliments for the river views enjoyed from their balconies.
And finally, we come to St Andrews, a residential development from the Greater London Authority and Circle Anglia, which offers 964 homes. Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the development is a mix of smart new-build apartments and townhouses set around a courtyard area over six separate buildings in the heart of Bromley-by-Bow.
Want to know more about living in Bow is really like? Our area guide to Bow will show you more of the top spots to buy and rent. It also has more gems of knowledge about Bow’s history, transport links and wider community.
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