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Famous worldwide, the East End has been called ‘Europe’s largest cultural quarter’, making it a friendly and vibrant place to live. Steeped in history, culture and home to Londons financial district in Canary Wharf, there is lots to explore and much to be seen especially off the beaten track!

City Realtor covers most of the East End and inner London city areas. We specialise mainly in Tower Hamlets and also manage a number of portfolios in Newham and Barking and Dagenham. However, due to our increasingly growing team we are always branching into new areas. If you are a landlord or vendor please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to discuss your needs.

The below map shows the areas we cover, click on an area to get more information on the area you are interested in:

Shadwell

Shadwell is an amazing, diverse and vibrant place to live. Fantastically located close to the City, yet still being affordable and giving visitors the ideal base to travel around to see all of London’s many tourist hot spots, including many that are within walking distance! There is always something new to discover in East London, from edgy bars to organic cafes, markets, vintage shops and art galleries. Shadwell is a great spot for exploring London and getting the clearest impression of the features this vibrant, multicultural metropolis is known for. Within walking distance to Zone 1, Shadwell has great transport links and is one stop away from the City.

Limehouse

With a mixture of water-side apartments, purpose built flats and fine Victorian terraces, Limehouse is a fast changing area sandwiched between the City and Canary Wharf. Local attractions include: Limehouse Marina and the historic Narrow Street. As well as its lovely scenery, Limehouse is also renowned for its brilliant transport links. The Limehouse DLR station is just three stops from Canary Wharf and two from Bank. The area is positioned to the west of Limehouse Basin and is served by the c2c mainline trains out to Essex. By road, Limehouse is served by the Rotherhithe Tunnel.

Whitechapel

Whitechapel is an inner city district that has featured prominently in London’s art scene. From 2005, Whitechapel Gallery underwent a major expansion with the support of £3.26 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Like many parts of East London, the investment and regeneration in the area can be seen. It now hosts the Super Hospital – London Hospital and will soon see the arrival of Crossrail. Whitechapel is still the best place to go for authentic Indian curries. Whitechapel Market can feel like you’ve been transported to the East. Opposite the Royal London Hospital, you can buy a wide range of Asian spices, jewellery and clothing. Whitechapel reflects the diversity of the East End – architecturally, historically and culturally.

Aldgate

Located moments from London’s bustling Business Districts and one of London’s most vibrant entertainment scenes Aldgate presents a great option for those looking to take advantage of short commuting times and the plethora of local delights on their doorstep. Aldgate is home to many popular spots such as The Whitechapel Art Gallery, The Truman Brewery, Petticoat Lane, Old Spitalfield Market and ofcourse infamous Brick Lane! Brick Lane which is a representation of London’s shifting ethnic patterns. The area around Brick Lane in East London was once associated with poor slums and the rag trade and the scene of the crime for the notorious Jack the Ripper murders. Whilst the famous Ten Bells pub still stands, the area now is extremely popular with London’s edgy and artistic crowd. As a hub of London’s Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane has always been famous for its many authentic curry houses. It is now also home to galleries, trendy cafes, bars, markets and festivals throughout the year. Aldgate is also at the doorstep of the trendy Shoreditch area, known for its quirky restaurants, bars, clubs and boutique shops.

Bethnal Green

Once considered as boring and deprived, Bethnal Green is experiencing a massive revival that’s transforming it into a chandelier. Bethnal Green’s influx of boutique hotels, boutique firms, cafes, clubs and restaurants have made it a much sought after area. There are plenty of art galleries and swanky lounges around Bethnal Green. And a quick short walk straight up Bethnal Green Road will take you right into the centre of Shoreditch, the most trendy and edgy part of Town! Bethnal Green is an amazing, diverse and vibrant place to live. Fantastically located close to the City, yet still being affordable and giving visitors the ideal base to travel around to see all of London’s many tourist hot spots, including many that are within walking distance! There is always something new to discover in East London, from edgy bars to organic cafes, markets, vintage shops and art galleries. Renovated and historical Georgian and Victorian period properties remain steadfast around the modern developments cropping up in Bethnal Green, reflecting the cultural and economic diversity of the area known as the true heart of the East End. The Central Line will take you to the West End in under 15 minutes and to the Olympic Stadium and Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre in less than seven minutes.

Stepney

Stepney is a 15 minute journey to London’s Oxford Street and only a short walk or bus ride to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Mile End and Victoria Park. The respected Queen Mary University is one of the area’s main attractions. Various local restaurants – including Chinese, Thai and Indian – pepper Stepney, as well as a number of famous pubs. The area is also within close proximity to some of London’s best markets, including Petticoat Lane, Spitalfields. Some Georgian architecture and Victorian era terraced housing can be found in the area alongside modern developments and renovations on the back streets.

Mile End

Mile End is as famous for the Blind Beggar pub and the notorious Kray twins as it is for fun filled family attractions, such as go-karting or wall climbing. The area is also a short walk from Victoria Park. Queen Mary University is located here, which has resulted in a complimentary mix of student and young professional life in the area. Mile End has seen huge public regeneration and more private investment, both residentially and commercially. Served by the Central and District lines, this is an excellent location for zone 2 living and is one stop from Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.

Bow

From the rows of Victorian terraces in sought after conservation areas, to period conversions and purpose built flats, Bow is a magnet for those wishing to enjoy a more residential quarter of Tower Hamlets. When it comes to transport, locals are spoilt for choice; excellent links by tube, DLR, bus and road ensure that the area is easily connectable to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End. Roman Road Market and Victoria Park are as much an institution to the East End as pie and mash. Other nearby amenities includes Mile End Park, Queen Mary University, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre.

Bromley-by-Bow

Bromley by Bow is sandwiched between two major roads, two major railway lines, the DLR and District line. The area is reasonably close to the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre as well as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Furthermore, Victoria Park and Mile End Park are just under a 30 minute bus ride (or tube journey) away. Previously an area affected by under investment, this part of East London is now home to some stunning yet reasonably priced properties. From Victorian period homes to more modern developments, the area has become a focal point for City workers, first time buyers and families alike.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is a business district within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is one of London’s financial centres and is characterised by sleek office blocks. Due to its striking architecture, Canary Wharf has an iconic skyline that can be admired across London. As well as being a business hub, the area is also home to an abundance of shops and restaurants, and has an ice rink during the festive season. The properties in Canary Wharf range from sophisticated apartments to compact studios. Canary Wharf also has impressive transport links, with an Underground Tube station on the Jubilee Line, as well as a DLR station.

Docklands

Today, Docklands is a convivial mix of historic warehouses, traditional pubs by the river and new developments, all of which contrast to its industrial history. Recognised as a key part of London’s financial district, the area found in and around Canary Wharf houses over 200 restaurants, bars, cafes and an underground shopping centre. Many world leading banks are also headquartered here. With its own pier on the River Thames, and being serviced by the DLR and Jubilee Line, this area is almost its own island. It is just 15 minutes from the heart of the capital and 10 minutes from Stratford Westfield and the Olympic site.

Poplar

Despite Poplar being pretty much flattened during the First and Second World Wars, it is now mainly built up of desirable, post war, purpose built flats. Consequently, many of its buyers are young professional and city workers looking for properties close to Canary Wharf. There has been a noticeable level of investment in Poplar in recent times with many new residential developments adding to the area’s potential. Poplar’s regeneration is expected to carry on. The Poplar DLR station can take you to Bank in just over 10 minutes, therefore giving its residents swift access into the bustling city centre.

Isle Of Dogs

The Isle of Dogs is a success story for rejuvenating a derelict, unsafe part of a city and turning it into a global hub, a desirable residential location and one of the most affluent work environments in London. The Island is a wonderful piece of old & new. New – because of the glass, concrete & steel structures of the Canary Wharf developments which is the 2nd main financial center of London (and one of the most important financial districts) and old – because of the wonderfully charming narrow streets and riverside cafe culture that exists behind the scenes. A most lovely area to visit – get your retail therapy fix at the mall in Canary Wharf, enjoy walks by the Thames from Narrow Street, Limehouse through St Katharine’s Docks up to Tower Bridge or spend some time on the water with a charter of the Sailing Barge Will. There’s even a zoo for the kids to enjoy. It is easily accessible via the Tube and the DLR.

Newham

Newham has massively changed in the last few years due to incredible regeneration in the area. Newham was one of the six host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics and contains most of the Olympic Park, including the Olympic Stadium. The borough is also home to London City Airport, The Siemens Crystal, Westfield Stratford City and the Excel Exhibition Centre.

Barking and Dagenham

Barking and Dagenham lies around 9 miles east of Central London. It is an Outer London borough and the south is within the London Riverside section of the Thames Gateway; an area designated as a national priority for urban regeneration. Barking and Dagenham was one of six London boroughs to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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