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What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions Bow? Is it Bow Bells and the home of the Cockney, or the (sometimes grisly) history of the area, or is it the Olympic legacy and widespread regeneration?

Estate and letting agents Bow

At Franklyn James we believe in no half measures, we are transparent in how we do business, committed to achieving your goals, and we take pride in every element of our work. If you’re thinking of selling, letting, or using property management across the Bow area, let us be frank, you need Franklyn James.

Bow has not lost its industrial edge, but the factories which once made dog biscuits and jam are now loft-style apartments with on-site restaurants and leisure facilities. As a direct result of the 2012 Olympics, Bow has really blossomed, and now, as well as Georgian town houses, Bow offers new waterside homes and gorgeous green spaces. Instantly recognisable by their large, grid-pattern windows, columns and flat, symmetrical facades, Georgian houses struggle to look anything but solid and serious. Georgian architecture dominated for over a century from 1720, and there are some superb examples of Georgian housing in and around Bow, particularly in the area just off Roman Road. The area lying to the north of Victoria Park, known as Victoria Park Village, includes some very smart Georgian terraces, and also a number of atmospheric pubs, busy restaurants and plenty of independent shops, making it well worth a visit.

Fulfilling your lifestyle aspirations…

There really isn’t a bad time to visit Brick Lane – vintage clothes shops and galleries on weekdays, Brick Lane Market on Sunday, bars and restaurants in the evening and street art 24/7 – to quote Madness: “There’s always something happening and it’s usually quite loud”.


Trying a camel burger at Greedy Cow in Bow might not be ideal for a first date, when you have lots of other things to worry about, but “My camel burger is delicious, how’s your kangaroo?” would certainly be an original icebreaker. In terms of sophisticated cooking, burgers don’t often feature on Masterchef, but you know you’re not going to need to make toast an hour after eating one. Plus, Greedy Cow undersells itself: they don’t just serve run-of-the-mill burgers and steaks. There are Jamaican burgers, Chinese burgers, fillet steak and no end of tasty toppings and sauces. Furthermore, with all desserts made freshly on the premises, even the worst first date could be guaranteed a sweet ending.

Getting around

Mile End station is on the Central Line and is just a few stops from Bank station, or the Olympic Park and Westfield are on the doorstep in nearby Stratford, accessible by DLR from Bow Church station. Bus routes around Bow include the 25, 205, 425 and N205 (night bus).

Families will love

Opened in 1845, Victoria Park is London’s oldest public park and over the last 170 years it has provided millions of Londoners and visitors with space in which to relax, play sports and enjoy walks around the canals and lakes. Or, step back even further in time at London Fields. Still classified as common land, rather than a park, and now covering around one third of its original size, London Fields dates back to at least 1540 when it was used by drovers to graze livestock before taking them to market at Smithfield.

There are plenty of good schools around the Bow area, such as Park Primary School, St. Francis RC Primary School and School 21, which offers both primary and secondary education. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Bow.

Local amenities around Bow

  • Coborn Arms pub
  • New Globe bar
  • Gardiners Sandwich Shop
  • Mighty Bite cafe
  • Nandos
  • Tesco
  • Texaco petrol station
  • Wellington Primary School

Our local office

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LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I would like to express a note of thanks for Lee Alter. I am very pleased with all the work he has done. I highly recommend working with Lee, as he always answers emails on time, offers the best possible solutions, very kind and lovely person (which is very important quality for the time of job he does), knows well what is going on the market, very professional and has advanced knowledge in the time of work he does. Many thanks! "

Natalia KalenovaJuly, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Tristan and Lee on the letting side were brilliant. Knowledgeable, responsive and going above and beyond what I expected to get my property listed and let in a rapid timeframe, for the asking price.

I have confidence in the on-going management of my property under the direction of Gary given my experience with the firm so far. "

Nick DeakinMay, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David is hands down the most professional agent I've ever dealt with. I've had the pleasure of working with him on quite a few transactions over the years. Most recently David helped us complete a sale in a fairly complicated chain and in a challenging market and I am certain that it would have broken down if it weren't for his involvement. Thanks again David "

GregJune, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David was proactive and found us a great buyer within 2 days. I would highly recommend. Testament to this he also sold us the property originally! "

WatergardensMarch, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" ...we instructed Franklyn James to handle the letting and management of our flat following my meeting with Lee Alter. He arrived on time in order to view the flat and gave an honest opinion as to what to expect. His enthusiasm, knowledge and good communications are the reason why he was able to achieve a let within days. Very professional "

Mrs WhiteFebruary, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We retained Franklyn James to sell our flat after arranging a few valuations as we found them to be proactive and enthusiastic and they didn't disappoint. Our buyer ended up in a more complex situation than anticipated which put the chain at risk but their professionalism and thoroughness kept everything calm and all eventually went through as planned. David and Jason were both lovely chaps to work with and kept us up-to-date with everything that was going on. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them. "

Lisa CJanuary, 2017