10 best places to live in Tower Hamlets

Colourful, vibrant and larger than life, Tower Hamlets is one of the most storied London boroughs. But where can you find the best places to live in Tower Hamlets? Better ask the people who know best – the residents who live there.

Living in Tower Hamlets – London’s most colourful quarter

Tower Hamlets is a borough of contrasts. Next to the sleek offices of Canary Wharf you’ll find areas of high urban privation and poverty. However, Tower Hamlets continues to undergo a massive transformation that’s turning even its most deprived regions into sought-after locations.

Wherever you go in this borough you’ll find it bursting with culture and history. From the Hackney Empire Theatre to the Jack the Ripper tours of Whitechapel, there’s no shortage of stories to explore.

There’s also a great (and growing) culinary scene here. Whitechapel has a bevy of fantastic curry houses, while Bethnal Green is attracting all manner of stylish independent eateries. Canary Wharf is also developing a solid reputation for great dining options ranging from up-market chain outlets to Michelin-starred restaurants.

As for transport, Tower Hamlets is very well connected to the rest of the capital. The north side of the borough has the Central, Hammersmith & City and District lines close at hand. The south, meanwhile, has the DLR and Circle. The while borough is well served with Overground, bus and riverbus links.

Average property prices in Tower Hamlets

There’s a wide range of property types and prices available in Tower Hamlets. From smart apartments in Canary Wharf, to terraced houses in Bromley, there are good options to suit most budgets.

Last year the average price of property sold in Tower Hamlets ranged around the £500,000-£550,000 mark. Prices range widely outside of this average depending on what district you’re looking in.

Surprisingly, it’s not that cheap to rent in Tower Hamlets. The average rental rate for the borough is now up to £513 per week, only 8.4% below the London average. However, this higher average is partially due to the rapid rise of rents in Canary Wharf.

10 best places to live in Tower Hamlets

Now that you have an overview of this unique London borough, it’s time to take a closer look. The following are the 10 best places to live in Tower Hamlets according to our verified resident reviewers.

Each reviewer scores their home development on its location, design, facilities, management and value for money. All of these ratings are put together to give a combined rating out of 5. Then, we aggregate the scores, while giving additional weight to developments than have more reviews. The more reviews there are, the more accurate the impression you’ll get.

So if there’s anything you like in Tower Hamlets, just click. This will take you to a dedicated page with the full list of reviews and further details about the development itself.

At the top of the Tower Hamlets list is Ten Park Drive, a contemporary development by Canary Wharf Group. It’s situated right in the heart of Canary Wharf and comprises just under 350 apartments including studios, one, two and three-bedroom units. Reviewers say that it offers a perfect blend of tranquillity combined with all the convenience of living in the middle of the borough’s most affluent area. Transport links come courtesy of Canary Wharf station (for Jubilee line and DLR services) along with nearby Heron Quays.

Read reviews and details of Ten Park Drive, E14

Next up we have 10 George Street, which rises 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.

Read reviews and details of 10 George Street, E14

4.66 (56 reviews)
4.66 (56 reviews)

In third place is Greystar’s Sailmakers, a Build-to-Rent scheme made up of 327 units. 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, the nearby South Quay DLR and Canary Wharf’s DLR and Underground services provide excellent transport links. Residents also enjoy fast and frequent connections to the likes of Bank and Monument.

Read reviews and details of Sailmakers, E14

There are 104 rental-only one, two and three-bedroom apartments at Dressage Court, a development by Essential Living. It offers easy access to Bethnal Green’s tube and rail stations, with views towards the City and Canary Wharf. Residents are big fans of the rooftop space and its sensational views, as well as other shared spaces like the snooker room and gym, that are free for all residents to enjoy.

Read reviews and details of Dressage Court, E2

Named after botanist Nathanial Bagshaw Ward, Wardian London is a unique residential development from EcoWorld and Ballymore, and designed by Glenn Howells. The development offers one and two-bedroom apartments and a collection of suites, all close to Canary Wharf’s Jubilee line, DLR, Thames Clipper services and London City Airport.

Read reviews and details of Wardian London, E14

At number six is a new-build development by Telford Homes, situated in Bow. It comprises 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 easy access to the City and Canary Wharf.

Read reviews and details of Bow Garden Square, E14

At seven, it’s a Fizzy Living development that has a prime setting in E1, very close to Stepney Green Underground and Queen Mary’s University. Here you’ll find one, two and three-bedroom apartments managed by the Build to Rent landlord Fizzy Living. All units are rental-only and pets are welcome.

Read reviews and details of Fizzy Stepney Green, E1

At number eight we have something a little different, as London City Island is its own separate island, as the name suggests! It’s a mixed-use, 12-acre neighbourhood from EcoWorld and Ballymore. It includes a central square, commercial units, parkland, Manhattan-style apartments, and the City Island Social Club, all overlooking the River Thames and the River Lea. It’s now home to the English National Ballet Group, and offers excellent transport links out of Canning Town station.

Read reviews and details of London City Island, E14

4.27 (19 reviews)
4.27 (19 reviews)

This 32-storey tower on the Isle of Dogs’ South Dock is hard to miss and easy to enjoy. It’s close to Canary Wharf’s prime transport links and shopping malls, with the nearest station being South Quay. There are 115 studios, apartments and penthouses at Dollar Bay, a joint venture for Mount Anvil and Citystyle Homes (an arm of One Housing Group).

Read reviews and details of Dollar Bay, E14

4.25 (93 reviews)
4.25 (93 reviews)

Lastly, we have another Fizzy Living development to round out our list. Fizzy Poplar is on the west side of Poplar, near All Saints and Poplar DLR Stations, and the much-loved Chrisp Street. The development comprises of one, two and also, three-bedroom pet-friendly apartments, and residents consistently rate the management, design and facilities highly here.

Read reviews and details of Fizzy Poplar, E14

If that’s whet your appetite for some more exploration of the borough, give our Tower Hamlets area guide a look for more information. Here you’ll find a little more East End history, and details of Tower Hamlets’ regeneration and newfound confidence.

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 Read more about Tower Hamlets

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