Where to Live in London: Seven Reasons to Choose Mile End
Choosing where to live in London is no mean feat. If you’re looking to rent or buy somewhere new, spare a thought for Mile End, a vibrant corner of the East End with bundles of character, charm and community spirit.
Here are seven reasons Mile End is a great place to live.
Victoria Park is the largest park in Tower Hamlets, and one of London’s most important historic parks. With two cafés, two playgrounds, a skatepark, a lake and plenty of space for running, strolling, sunbathing or just enjoying the picturesque surroundings, it’s got something for everyone.
Mile End Park sprawls its way along Regent’s Canal and is home to an ecology park, a climbing wall, a playground, plenty of sports facilities and Mile End Art Pavilion, a community arts space that hosts regular exhibitions, installations and events.
A speedy commute
Mile End tube station is in Zone 2 and is served by the Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines. It’s quick and easy to get into central London, with the Central line taking you to Liverpool Street in just five minutes, Holborn in 13 minutes and Oxford Circus in 15 minutes.
The area is also well served by buses and a short walk from Bow Church DLR station, and Cycle Superhighway 2 will take you into the City in around 15-20 minutes by bike.
Roman Road is one of East London’s oldest and most well-known shopping streets. It’s got a huge variety of shops representing the area’s diverse community: antique shops, butchers, bike shops, grocers, bakeries, corner shops, charity shop, boutiques, cash-and-carries and supermarkets, as well as a great selection of cafés and restaurants, from greasy spoons to hipster hangouts.
Property in Mile End is a mixture of pretty streets of Victorian and Georgian terraces and council housing built during the sixties and seventies.
Ex-local authority rental properties tend to have spacious layouts and evenly-sized bedrooms, while the older properties have beautiful period features.
Schools are, of course, an important factor for families deciding where to live in London, and the area’s large selection of good schools makes it a popular choice.
London’s waterways are one of the city’s biggest draws, and Regent’s Canal is no exception. The sleepy canal winds its way through both Mile End Park and Victoria Park, providing an idyllic escape from the buzz of the East End.
Clusters of colourful narrowboats line its edges and families of swans glide by, forming the perfect backdrop to leisurely walks, bike rides and waterside picnics. Follow it west all the way to Little Venice, or head east to Limehouse Basin.
A lively pub scene
A short wander through the streets of Mile End will be all you need to discover it’s got a pub in every flavour. Whether you’re after a sourdough pizza in a trendy gastropub or a pint in a proper East End boozer, you’ll find it in Mile End.
Try the Morgan Arms for sophisticated surroundings and good food, the Lord Tredegar for traditional pub surroundings and a great beer garden, or the Palm Tree for Cockney charm and canalside pints.
Where to live in London: Mile End
We think Mile End has got it all: a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere, great transport links and plenty to do for everyone.