Bow is a popular starting point for discovering East London. In fact, some claim that to be a true Cockney, you have to be born within earshot of the bells that ring out from St Mary-le-Bow Church. These days, you’ll overhear almost every language imaginable as the area pulls in professionals and students from all over the world and makes them feel welcome within the local community.
As sales and letting agents in Bow, Keatons cover a wide range of residential properties, from houses to apartments and everything in-between. If you’re new to the area, the district approximately covers everything from the Great Eastern Main Line to the Limehouse Cut, then across from Stratford to Mile End – which is home to our office, the first one we opened. Since the 2012 Olympic Games took place nearby, change has happened all over Bow with new developments springing up and widespread regeneration.
To help you find your bearings, there are a few historical landmarks worth a visit (they are also useful reference points for late-night bus rides home). First stop is “the other” St Mary’s Church off Bow Road, which can be traced back to the year 1311. There’s also St. Paul’s Church, which was designed by Maguire & Murray architects and is a fine example of mid-20th-century church architecture. Two other memorable spots are the memorial to George Lansbury (1859-1940), who was once Mayor of Poplar and a local MP. And lastly, for any fans of Big Brother, the “house” from 2000–2001 was at Three Mills Studios in the E3 district – make sure you take your selfie stick.
If you’re commuting to the city, the residential areas around Bow are also well connected and close to Canary Wharf. As estate agents in Bow, we know most of the Bow property market and the East London travel routes off the top of our head (we would probably win a pub quiz and give some cab drivers a run for their money) and as such can advise on the best areas for a headache-free commute. Although, most places are well connected. For instance, there’s the London Underground at Bow Road and the DLR at Bow Church on Bow Road. There are also several buses passing through the area. You can check the bus routes and times here.
Of course, one of the main draws to living in Bow is to soak up the East End culture. The area is home to several art galleries and studios including the Bow Arts Trust, a diverse selection of restaurants and eateries, and more than a few cafes dotted about for that morning caffeine fix. Overall, the borough of Tower Hamlets is a great place to live and will give you a real taste of the East End. If you’re a landlord or seller looking for estate agents in Bow or letting agents in Bow, please get in touch and we’ll talk you through the most suitable approach.