A guide to living in Stepney
After being severely damaged by the Blitz in the 1940’s, the Stepney area has been rising from the ashes ever since. Situated in the heart of the Tower Hamlets borough, Stepney is on the cusp of change and is often referred to as fertile ground for shrewd investors.
Some of the most notable developments and renovations have been at the Arbour Square Police Station and the East End Mission Building. Conversely, the most celebrated mainstays of the area are the Anchor Brewery and particularly St Dunstan’s Church which has been standing since 923 and was the original focal point of the area.
Although Stepney is not traditionally mentioned in the same breath as the words nature and scenic, the Thames river path runs close by to the area and provides a fascinating walk.
“Over the last decade many old buildings and ex-council owned properties have been converted into high-end luxury apartments”
Stepney is bordered by busy shopping areas Mile End Road and Commercial Road where residents can utilise markets and independent and chain outlets. Formerly Stepney’s best kept secret, the East End Thrift Store is a vintage treasure chest with most items priced under £10 and is now popular with more than just hipsters.
Many original period properties remain in Arbour Square, both Georgian and Victorian terraces. Over the last decade many old buildings and ex-council owned properties have been converted into high-end luxury apartments. Not possessing the trendy reputation of East London hotspots Shoreditch and Hoxton works in the favour of Stepney as a large amount of the local property is still very affordable.
Eating & Drinking
The Pride of Asia lives up to its name and serves food at the cutting edge of Indian cuisine, offering a fantastic buffet and full-blooded aromas are sure to leave you wanting more. One of our favourite pubs in the area is The Carlton Arms. Principally a sports pub, this place benefits from a roaring yet welcoming atmosphere.
Opened to the public in 1979, Stepney City Farm has given locals the opportunity to interact with the previously alien rural and agricultural lifestyle. As well as showcasing a cute and furry array of farmyard animals, the city farm also offers visitors the option to purchase freshly produced eggs, milk and veg.
Travelling to Stepney
Stepney Green has its own tube station where the predominant service is on the district line. Additionally, Mile End and Whitechapel tube stations are very accessible. Alternatively, Limehouse DLR station is not far and there are a full range of buses in central directions or further east still.