The presence of the Royal London Hospital and Queen Mary University of London make this a popular rental area for students. A four-bedroom student house rents for between £650 and £700 a week. Average rents for a one-bedroom flat in Bow start at around £300 a week and two-bedroom flats cost about £375 a week. Lars Gooch of estate agent Keatons says Bow is popular with buy-to-let investors and parents seeking a rental investment their student children can live in while they are at university.
Rents range from £219 a week for a one-bedroom flat that Tower Estates (020 8920 9820) is letting in Leadenham Court, Spanby Road, near Devons Road DLR station, to £850 a week for a four-bedroom newly renovated house in Alloway Road, less than quarter of a mile from Mile End Tube station - perfect for sharers and available through Nelsons (020 7033 9562).
Average prices: renting houses and flats in Bow
One-bedroom flat: £1,723 a month
Two-bedroom flat: £2,796 a month
Three-bedroom flat: £3,534 a month
Two-bedroom house: £2,860 a month
Three-bedroom house: £5,334 a month
Four-bedroom house: £9,780 a month
Travel: Mile End Tube station is on the Central, Hammersmith & City and District lines. Bow Road and Bromley-by-Bow Tube stations are on the Hammersmith & City and District lines. Pudding Lane, Bow Church and Devons Road stations are on the Docklands Light Railway. All the stations are in Zone 2 and an annual travel card to Zone 1 costs £1,256.
Shops and restaurants: Roman Road is the local shopping street. New independent shops — such as Snap for cards, gifts and clever packaging — and cafés such as Roman Road Art Café and Zealand Road Coffee, are popping up close to the Driffield Road conservation area. Jakss is a longer-standing children’s designer clothes shop. Further along Roman Road, there’s a mix of pawnbrokers and pound shops, although one highlight is Muxima Café that puts on art and music events. There is a market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
On Grove Road close to Mile End Tube station, The Greedy Cow specialises in burgers and steak. On Bow Road, Bow Arts has Carmelite Café in its Nunnery building.
Fish Island on the east side of the A14 may be hard to find but the views over the River Lea to the Olympic Stadium and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park are worth the journey. H Forman & Son, the famed smoked salmon supplier, has a restaurant on Stour Road, and there is Counter Café in the Stour Space, where there is an art gallery, artists’ studios and a shop. Muff Custom has a café in a workshop that makes bespoke motorcycles on Roach Road.
The giant Westfield shopping mall is close by at Stratford, and there is a large Tesco on Hancock Road.
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