Guide to living in
On the Northern Bank of the River Thames in the Eastern Borough of Tower Hamlets, Limehouse is a former docking area now an exclusive and atmospheric part of London combining vintage old-school charm with a trendy professional crowd.
Many of the buildings here are listed including Limehouse Town Hall and Limehouse Library. The most famous of these listed buildings is St Anne’s Limehouse, a Hawksmoor Anglican Church which has been around since the 1700’s.
Neighbouring Wapping is famous for its cobbled streets and range of classic pubs but Limehouse has forged a reputation as a credible alternative. Narrow Street is a famous old fashioned road; the location of Gordon Ramsay’s imaginatively named gastropub ‘The Narrow’.
“Property in the area is undeniably of a very high standard. Riverside developments and conversions play host to some stunning luxury 1-3 bedroom apartments.”
Limehouse is known for its picturesque views of the Thames and a walk around the Limehouse Basin is one of the most distinguished in the capital. For those more interested in shopping, although Limehouse is not known for its abundance of shops, the short journey to Canary Wharf should provide all the necessary retail therapy.
Property in the area is undeniably of a very high standard. Riverside developments and conversions play host to some stunning luxury 1-3 bedroom apartments. A lot of the property here is expensive but there are some more affordable ex-council properties as well as Aspire @ E14 – which is suitable for first and second time buyers.
At Roka, you can see one of the many combinations of traditional Japanese cuisine being prepared in front of you whilst you enjoy the minimalist décor and chilled out atmosphere. A very famous pub, The Grapes sits on the end of a Georgian terrace with views of the River Thames. If that is not enough, a traditional Victorian long bar and Dickens snug, where the man himself supposedly sung, are two top class additional extras.
After a chequered history including a stint as a Mecca Bingo House, Troxy has been restored to its former glory. So as well as a traditional cinema, Troxy now acts as a concert, sports and company conference venue.
Limehouse Station has DLR services to the rest of the West End as well as National Rail services to and from Essex and Fenchurch Street – used by many commuters. A short way away at Canary Wharf Pier nautical punters can get the Thames Riverboat.