Until recently, Poplar was like Bow’s rather dull uncle; always on hand, but never likely to be the life and soul of the party. All that is changing though, and Poplar is enjoying something of a makeover, which should put the spring back into the step of this previously underrated area.
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Located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets about 5.5 miles from Charing Cross, Poplar was originally a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of London. In 1855 the Poplar District of the Metropolis was formed, incorporating nearby Bromley-by-Bow and Bow. Poplar is now a predominantly residential area of the East End, with Chrisp Street market at its heart.
In terms of architecture, Poplar has some notable examples of public housing, including the Balfron Tower. It is also home to the Lansbury Estate, just north of East India Dock Road which, although not to everyone’s taste, is an important historic landmark nonetheless, exemplifying post-war council house design and layout trends. It featured in the 1951 Festival of Britain as an example of a ‘model estate’, intended to promote the benefits of the welfare state. Redevelopment and improvements to infrastructure have transformed the area, and it is now difficult to locate the original buildings of the Lansbury Estate, although they can still be made out from Chrisp Street Market and the main square.
With Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) trains soon to arrive, the area looks set to continue its transformation. New Festival Quarter is one luxury development already under construction for those ahead of the curve. Following the redevelopment of other Docklands areas, Poplar will not be far behind, and is rapidly re-emerging on the London property market. Both low-income and middle-class families will be attracted to the area, thanks to its affordable property and good local facilities and amenities.
Fulfilling your lifestyle dreams…
Chrisp Street and Billingsgate Fish Market are two historic markets that attract locals and tourists alike.
There are also plenty of foodie delights to be found along Narrow Street which runs parallel to the Thames in the area of Limehouse. One of the most popular gastropubs found at Crossharbour is The Gun, an 18th century pub serving up classic British fare and specialising in game.
The Gun balances its historic charm perfectly with its modern makeover. It is said that Lord Nelson used to frequent the pub for secret liaisons with Lady Emma Hamilton. If you are quick enough to get a seat on one of the terraces you’ll have a lovely view of the river to accompany your meal.
The DLR from Poplar takes around 10 minutes to reach Bank or Tower Gateway via the east-west route, or approx. 10 minutes to Stratford and 25 minutes to Lewisham via the north-south route. This service is soon to be joined by the Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail), which will provide even better transport links across London. Poplar’s proximity to the Blackwall Tunnel means escaping London by car is also easy to do. Buses servicing the area include the 15, 115, 309, D6, N15 and N551.
Families will love
For a fun family day out, why not take a trip to Stepney City Farm and Rural Arts Centre, where you will find all manner of farm animals including goats, sheep, donkeys and pigs and also a collection of more cuddly creatures such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
There are many primary schools in and around Poplar, including Cyril Jackson Primary School, Bygrove Primary School, and Manorfield Primary School. Good secondary schools in the area include Langdon Park Community School and George Green’s School. To discover properties within the catchment area, contact Franklyn James, sales and letting agents Poplar.
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