Guide to living in
A largely residential area that has undergone substantial urban regeneration, Bow is famously known as being home to the ‘true cockneys’, the criteria for which is being born within earshot of the Bow Bells.
After experiencing somewhat of a rejuvenation in recent years, Bow now houses a sprightly mix of professionals, young families and hardened locals. Furthermore, the close proximity of the ever-improving Queen Mary University of London means there is also a buzzing student community in the area.
Bow Road is a busy community hub with a large community of shops and pubs. In addition, a market three times a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) on Roman Road offers everything from local food to vintage clothes.
“For more traditional tastes Georgian and Victorian terraces in Tredegar and Driffield are particularly appealing”
Perhaps unexpectedly, the area has access to some real areas of beauty. Tredegar, Driffield and Medway Road conservation areas are well looked after and house some exquisite period properties. Meanwhile, not far away you can gain access to the Regent’s and Hertford Union Canals.
As with a lot of the areas close to the Olympic activity, there has been extensive redevelopment of the council housing in Bow. For more traditional tastes Georgian and Victorian terraces in Tredegar and Driffield are particularly appealing. Lastly, Bow Quarter is an old industrial building that has been turned into some very stylish modern flats.
The Crown gives off a cool living room vibe ensuring the utmost comfort and relaxation. Furthermore, they employ a Master of Wine so expect to drink some quality alcohol here. One of our favourite restaurants around here is Formans, situated conveniently overlooking the Olympic Stadium, you can find some of London’s best smoked fish at this family institution.
Chisenhale Gallery is quite rightly considered as one of the most innovative art spaces in the capital. There is some challenging and peculiar art on display here which never fails to engender intrigue.
Mile End and Bow Road provide the necessary Underground representation, with the former on the Central Line and the latter on the District Line. For car dwellers, road links are good with the M25 and Blackwall Tunnel in close proximity.