Where to rent in London: an area guide to Bow, east London

London's 2012 Olympics landed Bow firmly in the spotlight, yet it still offers good-value homes and good transport links for East-London renters.
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Bullish east London estate agents speak of Bow being at the centre of a golden triangle formed by the City financial district, Canary Wharf and Stratford’s Olympic Park.

The area “arrived” about 10 years ago when development spread from nearby Docklands. The focus then was on derelict canalside buildings and industrial sites. Warehouse flats and fancy new apartments attracted incomers from pricier parts of town, joining earlier gentrifiers who had discovered great-value period houses in neat neighbourhoods such as in the Tredegar Square conservation area.

But the London 2012 Olympics were the real game changer for Bow, thrusting the area into the spotlight and enticing a new crowd, says Mark Wellington of estate agent Benham and Reeves.
£1,603 a month: this furnished two-bedroom flat with an open-plan living room and balcony at Aqua Vista Square is close to Bow Row Tube station

“It is unpretentious, lively, multi-ethnic and has lots of new bars, gastropubs, coffee shops and eateries, even a new on-site gin distillery at Bow Wharf,” he says.

Down-to-earth Roman Road street market is another attraction, while there are well-kept pockets of green space, and Mile End Park forms a green “boulevard” to the Thames at Limehouse.

Rents are rising, but Bow is cheaper than nearby Victoria Park “village” in Hackney — yet the latter is close enough to walk to from Bow, as are the waterfronts of Docklands.

Travel times: Bow's transport links
Bank station: 8 minutes
Canary Wharf: 9 minutes
Oxford Circus: 16 minutes 

Typical rents in Bow per week:
New-build flats: £300-550
Period conversions: £275-£475
Period houses: £300-£500
Ex-local authority home: £260-£400


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