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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

Limehouse Limehouse

Contact our Limehouse office if you are looking to buy or sell in this area.

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LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Great service, kind and fast responder. Glad to have done businesses with him! He helped us going beyond his duties. "

LuisDecember, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Recently sold our flat through Frankly James. Had a very positive experience and found them to be exceptionally professional throughout.

We had four different agents give us valuations - which differed hugely between high and low. Antony provided our valuation on behalf of Franklyn James and impressed not just with accuracy and justification of his assessment but also with the amount of homework he'd done - including pulling out the previous particulars from when we bought it, something which the agency which actually sold it to us had not.

After a further discussion we agreed on a price at which we would market and a level which we were aiming for. Throughout the process we were kept well informed of viewings and given good feedback. It didn't take long to get an offer which we were happy to accept though, as were agreed within two weeks.

David and Antony did a good job of nudging the sale along as the lawyers were doing their work and ensuring any sticking points got dealt with promptly, meaning we exchanged a mere 6 weeks after the offer was accepted - pretty quick for a leasehold property.

Would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to sell in the area. "

Rob McLeodNovember, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" A very good Estate Agent. Found David to be professional throughout the buying process, sticks to his words and happy to resolve issues when needed. David is also easy to reach and always contactable. Would recommend David to friends, colleagues etc. "

JNovember, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" I found David to be one of the best agents that I have used. He was always contactable and responded quickly to any questions without the need to be chased. He was also very helpful and patient with me while I decided on a property. Would certainly recommend David and use him again. "

TerryNovember, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" David is just fantastic, very proactive and responsive. We took a bit of time deciding on the property and asked to see it several times. David was always very accomodating and happy to schedule the viewings for us at the most suitable time. During the buying process everything was just perfect. We never had to chase. We both highly reccommend David and will use his help again. "

AlonaOctober, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" The team at Franklyn James has been very professional and proactive. Lee was particularly helpful and always responded very promptly whenever we had any queries, which made our lives less stressful! A very satisfying experience overall in renting our flat. "

IonianOctober, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Friendly and professional team at Limehouse. Lee, Tristan and Gary Provided information promptly and addressed any queries swiftly. Would recommend. "

D JohnsonOctober, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Lee is really professional with quick response from beginning to the end and frequently provides advice wholeheartedly. I appreciate his assistance and the renting experience with his assistance is impressive and unforgettable. "

LSeptember, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" We had an amazing experience with Franklyn James, and especially with Tristan and Gary, who supported us from the flat searching to the handover of the keys to our new flat.
Tristan was amazingly helpful with us, we had tons of questions about our prospective flat and he patiently answered all of our queries. He also followed our referencing process closely, so that this went through as quickly as possible. We couldn't have had a better experience!
Gary helped us through the signing of the contract and handover of the keys and we couldn't be more satisfied with the service we received.
We would definitely recommend Franklyn James to all prospective tenants, they are a extremely helpful, professional, caring and super efficient. "

LIndaSeptember, 2017

LimehouseBow estate & letting agents - testimonial

" Franklyn James did an excellent job letting out my flat in Limehouse. I had previously used Foxtons but I feel their standard have dropped recently and think this is likely because they do not have an office which focuses exclusively on the Limehouse area. Franklyn James do and it shows as they really seem to understand the area and the value proposition of my property.

It is also worth noting that the level of service they provide is very high, both from the Sales team but also Property Management and Accounts Management. Swift and accurate responses at all times. "

BenSeptember, 2017