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With a cash machine by Bow Road Tube station asking, "What language do you require: English or cockney?" you truly are in the heart of east London in Bow.

Don’t expect EastEnders come-to-life, however - it’s a little less dramatic than that. Instead, an eclectic mix of students, professionals, young families and ‘born-and-breds’ live alongside each other to create a bustling thoroughfare that connects the east to the rest of the city. 

Why Bow?

Bow offers affordable housing, such as the regenerated council blocks surrounding Roman Road, intertwined with tree-lined streets of Georgian terraced houses, such as those of the prestigious Tredegar Square.

“Bow is steeped in history and enjoys a varied mix of property,” says James Brough, property consultant at Butler & Stag. “Properties rarely stay empty and rents have seen steady growth in recent years.” 

The bustling Bow Road has an industrial feel, while a 10-minute walk will bring you to Victoria Park, with the pretty canal running alongside. Roman Road is also a hive of activity, with a market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays offering clothes, accessories, furniture and food. 

Who lives there?

“Bow enjoys a multi-cultural community,” Brough says. “Recently there’s been an influx of middle-class professionals seeking high-quality period and modern homes close to Victoria Park.”

The area’s close proximity to Canary Wharf makes it ideal for those working in the financial district, plus, with Queen Mary, University of London nearby, the area is popular with students. 

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The connections

Bow has great transport links: Bow Road Tube serves both the Hammersmith & City and District lines, while the nearby Mile End Tube has those plus the Central and Circle lines connecting to central London. Bow Church DLR also gets you to Canary Wharf, Greenwich and Stratford. 

There’s a plethora of buses, with stops dotted along the stretch of Bow Road. A mere 10-minute drive to Blackwall Tunnel means you can easily jump onto the M25 too, linking you to the rest of the southeast and beyond.


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