Property in: LONDON

in East London

Dive into a beloved and welcoming London area where history meets modern days, and people with various background perfectly live together.
Last update on 26 Sep 2023

Key details

  1. Expectations An iconic area with a long legacy. A unique combination where history meets modern days, which warmly welcomes people with various backgrounds.
  2. Typical lifestyle From early morning commutes and busy business city life to lazy calm days at authentic coffee shops and nights at live music events and art exhibitions.
  3. Not on the cards Swift commutes from far-located areas, uniform standards everywhere, best-in-class technologies for everything.
  4. Market settings Slightly lower property prices than the London average and increasing demand. The most trendy property type is flats, selling for £443,000 on average last year.
  5. Feel of the area Steeped in history, regenerated, and diverse.


Legacy, creativity, unique mix, modernised, regenerated, thriving, growing, appealing, natural, green, spacious, hip and happening, friendly.
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Local area map

Popular Commute Times

Big Ben 26m by train, 37m by car
London City Airport 10m by train, 9m by car
Tower of London 25m by train, 21m by car
Heathrow Airport 53m by train, 60m by car

Well Known Subways

West Ham
Canary Wharf


North with Cheshunt
East with Brentwood
South with Bromley
West with City of London

Around The Block

East London, home to the many most sought-after neighbourhoods in the capital, is often called a paradox. It is an area where the modern age meets history, and people of different incomes, interests, and believes perfectly live together. 

But this very seemingly odd contradiction is why locals adore and admire East London. In this East London overview, we look through its key features, attractive destinations and neighbourhoods, up-and-coming new developments and much more.

East London: the Youth Capital of Europe

East London is about the latest trends, creativity, and dynamic life. In the Nineties and later on, many creative people moved to the East London neighbourhoods such as Shoreditch, moving to farther areas like Hackney and Leyton later. It is little surprise that vibes here are different to North and Central London – younger, trendier, and slightly unchained (in a good way).

East London

Locals and visitors in East London go to the capital's trendiest markets, enjoy authentic old-school pubs, street arts, and visit unique Michelin stars-rated restaurants with modern standards. 

It is a perfect place to wander and spend quality time, enjoying the area's authenticity and diving into its legacy. These features are supported by efficient infrastructure in East London: getting from one place to another is effortless by any means of transport.

East London: Major Regeneration Meets Legacy

In East London, history and legacy meet the modern age and new technologies.

On the one side, there have been large-scale renovations and regenerations project in East London in recent years. Undoubtedly, they were supported by sound investment, including projects from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford and Hackney Wick to top-tier new residential developments. And the long-awaited Crossrail is to boost the infrastructure and the appeal of East London even further.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

On the other side, the area is steeped in history and has its unique legacy. Visit East London to admire 19th-century docks and old Victorian townhouses, or listen to the thrilling stories of the old days. A spirited, multicultural neighbourhood of Whitechapel is a case in point. Locals and visitors enjoy its historical houses and age-old pubs or go on guided walking tours on cobblestone streets to learn about Jack the Ripper murders in the late 19th century.

East London: Famous Locations

Several East London neighbourhoods stand out from the rest. And again, each one is different from another yet perfectly fits the wider area and the neighbouring district.

Tower Hamlets

Popular neighbourhoods such as Shoreditch or Hoxton sit in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, where traditional pubs and pie shops sit alongside art galleries and exhibitions.

Tower Bridge

The districts are a favourite among many creatives, who often enjoy authentic coffee shops by day and live music performances by night. 

North of these districts, which are sometimes described as «hipster hotspots», sits Mile End. It has the same East London feel, carefully completed by the serenity of family parks and canalside walks.

Tower Hamlets offers good if not the best shopping hotspots in London: you can easily find anything from vintage clothes to old antique items here. Those interested in visiting markets will not be disappointed as well. Take, for example, a variety of foods or fashion pieces at the famous Spitalfields Market or colourful flowers at the Columbia Road Flower Market on Sundays.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Canary Wharf

Residential developments in Canary Wharf are thriving, complementing the already iconic skyline in the area. The district is no longer a business and working area exclusively: it has likewise become a sought-after place for living. The area welcomes a huge regeneration initiative that transforms Canary Wharf into an appealing destination for homebuyers in London, including families.

Nearby high rises, several spacious malls sit next to river-facing restaurants and cafes, while transport infrastructure is superior. Apart from walking tours, cycling, and car rides, people benefit from both train and river bus options.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf appeals to families too: several schools earned favours among locals, while new greenery attracted more people.

Whitechapel Gallery

The Whitechapel Gallery hosts a wide range of temporary exhibitions showcasing contemporary art from both established and emerging artists. These exhibitions encompass various art forms, including painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, and multimedia installations.

Whitechapel Gallery

The gallery also houses a notable collection of modern and contemporary art, featuring works by renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Frida Kahlo. The collection continues to evolve through acquisitions and donations.

Havering, Newham and Barking & Dagenham

These neighbourhoods are perfect for those looking for spacious parks, green streets, nature, and serenity. Thus, the atmosphere here is less urban and more relaxed than other East London areas, but also different in each one. Nightlife options are available in Chingford, while residents in Walthamstow enjoy a cosy village centre and gastropubs near Epping Forest.

Walthamstow Reservoirs

East London: Quick Tips

Do not neglect iconic black cabs, which are handy for short rides. The drivers perfectly know their way around the city, so expect a pleasant ride with lively chats.

Immerse in the arts and visit various museums and galleries – some of them are free for the permanent exhibitions.

Multicultural and creative, historical and vivid, East London warmly welcomes everyone: from food lovers to fitness fans, from business professionals to ambitious freelancers.

With the rapid development of several areas, including Greenwich Peninsula, property specialists expect the buoyant market activity in East London to continue. Moreover, the increased interest rates and challenging market settings haven't impacted the East London property market like other areas as the demand remains heated.

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