bethnal green, monument, spitalfields, stepney, wapping & whitechapel
BETHNAL GREEN, E2
Bethnal Green is becoming an increasingly popular place to live, with many wealthy people moving into this mainly residential area, thanks to widespread regeneration and its excellent transport links.
There are a growing number of trendy restaurants, bars and gastropubs popping up in the neighbourhood, while nearby Victoria Park is not just a great place to take an evening stroll, but it also plays host to numerous music festivals such as Lovebox and Rock Against Racism. Other attractive open spaces include Haggerston Park and Museum Gardens. Bethnal Green’s York Hall is a famous boxing venue.
There is a fine selection of properties in Bethnal Green to pick from, including quaint Victorian houses, maisonettes, mansion blocks, canal side developments and ex-local authority houses and flats.
Transport links include Bethnal Green (Central Line, Zone 2, and National Rail) along with Cambridge Heath. There are also plenty of buses available.
Located towards the northern end of London Bridge, the Monument to the Great Fire of London, more commonly referred to as the Monument, is a stone Roman Doric column in the City of London.
The area around the base of the 340-year old, 202 foot column on Monument Street, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is pedestrianised. The attraction itself is one of the most popular in the City of London, providing 311 steps to one of the best views of the surrounding area and its famous landmarks, including the River Thames, the BT Tower, Tower Bridge, and the dome of St Paul’s to name but a few.
There are some superb residential properties in Monument, including desirable penthouse apartments and contemporary new-build homes.
The area benefits from outstanding transport links: the Tube and National Rail train stations of Monument (Northern, Central and District Lines, Zone 1), Fenchurch Street (National Rail), Tower Hill (Circle and District Lines, Zone 1) and Bank (Central, Northern, Circle and District Lines, Zone 1) are within close proximity, with plenty of bus services also available.
Well positioned in the heart of the East End in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Spitalfields is ideally located near both Liverpool Street station and Brick Lane and is home to one of the most famous markets in London, Old Spitalfields Market.
Packed with market stalls and independent shops, the thriving market attracts a wide range of people from different backgrounds, providing an exciting mix of cultures and a great sense of community.
Having undergone major transformation in recent years, this vibrant area is full of popular attractions, including a plethora of restored historic buildings and streets, chic retailers, restaurants and bars, making it a top tourist attraction, as well as a great place to work and live.
This important cultural and art centre is popular with many different types of residents, from artists to young professionals working in and around the City of London.
Fournier Street, Jerome Street, Brushfield Street, Strype Street, Deal Street and Commercial Street are among the most popular roads in which to buy or rent property in Spitalfields, with an exciting mix of large houses and apartments from which to choose.
The local rail links are excellent; Shoreditch (London Overground, Zone 1), Liverpool Street (Metropolitan, Circle, Central, Hammersmith & City Lines, National Rail, Zone 1), Aldgate East (District, Hammersmith & City Lines, Zone 1), Fenchurch Street (National Rail) and Moorgate (Metropolitan, Circle, Northern, Hammersmith & City Lines, National Rail, Zone 1). There is no shortage of buses either.
Stepney, a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, is home to a fine blend of cultures and attractions, including Stepney City Farm, a working farm designed to give local people living in and around this urban location a chance to experience rural life and to see a wide range of animals.
Roughly sandwiched between Commercial Road to the south and Mile End Road to the north, Stepney is an up and coming area that attracts people priced out of buying or renting property in nearby areas like Bow, Wapping and Limehouse.
There are a number of ex-local authority and attractive period properties in Stepney, with some of the most desirable homes found in the conservation area of Stepney Green. New homes are being built throughout the area, particularly along the river.
The area is well served by good transport links; Tube links include Mile End, Stepney Green and Whitechapel, all of which are served by the Hammersmith & City and District Lines, while Mile End is an interchange with the Central Line. The nearest Docklands Light Railway station is Limehouse.
Located between the north bank of the River Thames and the ancient thoroughfare, The Highway, Wapping, a highly desirable east London district in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, has a strong maritime character due to its proximity to the river.
The area, which has undergone mass improvements in the past decade, features many fashionable shops, restaurants and cozy riverside pubs, making it extremely popular with city professionals, particularly with those now working in Canary Wharf.
Wapping has largely moved away from its industrial past, and is now full of luxury developments, including new-build apartments, most notably along the western end of the high street and St Katharine Docks, as well as converted warehouses along pleasant cobbled streets.
Wapping has good transport links, including Wapping station (London Overground, Zone 2), Tower Hill (Circle and District Lines, Zone 2), Shadwell and Tower Gateway (DLR, Zone 2) and Fenchurch Street (National Rail). Buses are plentiful.
Also located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, to the east of Bishopsgate, Whitechapel is notable for being the location of the infamous Jack the Ripper murders in the late 1880s.
Whitechapel’s central location, not to mention its peaceful residential community, appeals to a wide range of homebuyers and renters, particularly local professionals.
Housing in the area is rich in character, with some properties offering access to outside space. From purpose-built flats on Sidney Street and Old Montague Street to large Victorian red-brick houses behind the Royal London Hospital on Ashfield Street and Sidney Square, there are plenty of homes from which to choose.
Whitechapel offers easy access into the City and Docklands among other parts of London. The nearest Tube stations are Whitechapel (Hammersmith & City, District and London Overground, Zone 2) and Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City and District Lines, Zone 1).