Top 10 new build homes developments in East London

Following decades of regeneration and a continuing influx of new property developer attention and investment, East London is more self-confident than ever. But what does this always exciting and often surprising part of the capital have to offer? Read on, and discover some of the best new build homes in East London.

Where is East London?

Most definitions describe East London as the area east of the tiny central square mile ‘City of London’ and north of the River Thames. This takes in the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Why live in East London?

East London is a fascinating and constantly surprising place to live. It’s arguably one of the coolest parts of the capital, as it fuses incredibly rich history with a vibrant modern culture and entertainment scene.

If you want to explore London’s roots, the East End is a perfect place to start. This is mostly within the borough of Tower Hamlets, and it tells London’s story of constant change and reinvention. Out of the poverty-stricken conditions of the late 19th century, the area forged its identity as tough but community spirited Londoners. Leaving behind the hard times and notoriety of the Jack the Ripper murders in Whitechapel, the East End slowly transformed from a docklands industrial hub to its modern-day face as a bustling centre of service industry businesses, boutique clothing lines and a highly innovative culinary culture.

Change and excitement are watchwords for East London as a whole. If you want to be a part of new London trends in fashion, dining, live music and more, this is the place for you. With the likes of Shoreditch, Hoxton and Bethnal Green, you’ll never be bored or starved of something new.

Canary Wharf is another example of the kind of big change that continues to shape East London. Once derelict docklands, this whole area is exploding with sleek new build developments and café culture hubs. Fortunately, it’s not just for young bankers and the smart professional set either, as the inclusion of some great schools and family-friendly attractions make it appealing for different kinds of buyers and renters.

Overall, East London is a part of the capital that continues to attract all sorts of newcomers. They come for the excitement, the buzz and the new energy of the area, but stay for the convenience and sense of community.

Transport in East London

Overall, East London enjoys excellent transport links. Being north of the Thames means that it has a much higher concentration of London Underground lines and stops than South London. The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is another impressive (and improving) transport string to East London’s bow.

Those stretches of East London along the river also have the added convenience of Thames Clipper River Bus services. This makes hopping across the river for work or pleasure even easier, and more fun!

East London property prices

East London’s property market is extremely varied. Its offerings range from super-slick new build luxury apartments in Canary Wharf, to grand period homes and Victorian terraced housing. There’s also everything in between when it comes to new build homes developments in East London!

Whatever you’re looking for in terms of size and style, East London should be able to provide it. As for price, Zoopla puts the East London house price average at £515,000 for February 2022. Remember, this is just a yardstick average that covers a very wide range of boroughs and property types. For more accurate estimates, it’s best to focus on specific East London districts or postcodes that interest you.

Top 10 new build homes developments in East London

Now that you have a better idea of what to expect from East London, it’s time for a closer look. The following list contains the 10 East London new build developments listed on HomeViews with the highest ratings at the time of writing (February 2022).

As with all our top-rated lists, these rankings are determined entirely by verified resident reviews. Since the people who live there know these developments best, we leave the scoring entirely up to them!

*PLEASE NOTE these rankings take into account how many reviews a scheme has and how recently those reviews have been submitted, so may not match the overall star ratings shown. Buildings with a larger number of more recent reviews are given a greater weighting to reflect current building performance.

4.92 (27 reviews)
4.92 (27 reviews)

Our top-ranked new build development in East London is 8 Water Street. It comprises 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. While it enjoys very high marks across the board, 8 Water Street currently maintains a perfect score in the ‘location’ category, indicating its prime position in Canary Wharf.

Read reviews and details of 8 Water Street, E14

4.79 (26 reviews)
4.79 (26 reviews)

Number 2 on our list is Newfoundland, also by Vertus. It offers 636 apartments all with excellent design and finish. Residents can choose to look out over Canary Wharf, or the Thames and the City. There are also plenty of private resident amenities to enjoy here, including a gym, lounge, terrace and children’s play area.

Read reviews and details of Newfoundland, E14

Canary Wharf is dominating our list, taking all three of the top spots. Ten Park Drive is a contemporary development situated in the heart of Canary Wharf and consists of just under 350 apartments. Different available floorplans span studios, one, two and three-bedroom units. Transport links come courtesy of Canary Wharf Station (for Jubilee line and DLR services), along with nearby Heron Quays.

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We’re staying close by for number 4, as 10 George Street rises 37 storeys above Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf. The development offers 327 apartments overlooking the 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 to welcome you home.

Read reviews and details of 10 George Street, E14

Next, we move over to Bethnal Green to find the 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 nearby 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.

Read reviews and details of Dressage Court, E2

In 6th place, South Quay Plaza is a Berkley development, featuring luxury apartments designed by leading architects, Foster & Partners. Studios, one, two and three-bedroom apartments are available. The site is a five-minute walk from the South Quay DLR station, Canary Wharf Underground station and the forthcoming Elizabeth Line.

Read reviews and details of South Quay Plaza, E14

4.67 (96 reviews)
4.67 (96 reviews)

It’s over to the Isle of Dogs for number 7. Greystar’s Sailmakers is a Build to Rent scheme, comprising 327 units. It is within the mixed-use Galliard Homes development, Harbour Central, putting it 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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More than just a great name, the Silk District is a highly popular development close to Whitechapel’s London Underground and Overground stations. It offers one, two and three-bedroom apartments, plus studios. As well as this, it is within walking distance of Shoreditch and Brick Lane.

Read reviews and details of The Silk District, E1

4.54 (42 reviews)
4.54 (42 reviews)

In 9th place, Apo Barking is a development situated on the banks of the River Roding and opposite Abbey Park. It features a range of studios, 1 and 2-bed apartments. Residents can choose from a range of flexible leases and apartment upgrades. In addition, residents can access an exclusive onsite 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. Likewise, there is a members’ roof terrace on the 7th floor. Residents can also manage their home and membership through the Apo app.

Read reviews and details of Apo Barking, IG11

Finally, our 10th top-ranked development for East London is Wardian London, a unique residential development from EcoWorld and Ballymore. The development itself is close to Canary Wharf’s Jubilee line, DLR, and London City Airport. Furthermore, residents have access to a cinema, a pool and a gym, as well as other shared facilities.

Read reviews and details of Wardian London, E14

Hopefully, this roundup of the best new build homes developments in East London provides a useful glance of what’s on offer. If you want to wider your search, check out our dedicated area guide below. And remember, close by, but distinctly different, are the areas of North East and South East London. These are more than worth your time spent in exploration.

Perhaps the capital’s biggest oxymoron, East London is a place where traditional meets contemporary and all walks of life collide. And there lies its draw, as many of its millions of occupants will attest to. Read on to discover developments that are the best Read more about East London

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