Bow is an area of east London, within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and a part of the capital that has rapidly been changing, attracting young professionals looking to buy their first home. This is where Peabody New Homes has created Three Waters, a new development offering Shared Ownership Homes and a vibrant emerging community. Let's dive into the best of what Bow has to offer.

Find the best pubs and restaurants in Bow London

To start your day right, head over to Les Miches in Corsican Square where you can enjoy some delicious pastries and cakes. The bakery, highly rated online, welcomes you in a modern and cute decor with a checkered floor and pistachio-coloured walls—the perfect backdrop for an Instagramable moment.

If you would like to enjoy a one-of-a-kind lunch, no need to walk much further. A hidden gem, endorsed by The Guardian, can be found only 5 minutes away. That’s Polentina, an amazing restaurant with a weekly changing menu so you won’t risk getting bored. This place is quite special since it's located within a clothing factory where sustainable clothes from Apparel Tasker are manufactured.

To finish off the day, step into The Galvanisers Unions. This cosy and charming pub is the perfect place to enjoy a pint or even a cocktail. The vintage venue will probably become your favourite at the weekend to with its amazing Sunday Roast as well as incredible Caribbean Food.

Discover the best parks in Bow

This neighbourhood benefits from the proximity to several big parks. You can head to Victoria Park for a stroll and even try different cuisines at Victoria Park Market every Sunday. If you fancy running outdoors, you can also head to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is also where you will find the London Aquatics Centre which is the perfect location for a swim.

Alternatively, If you fancy a walk by the water, why not follow the Hertford Union Canal that borders Victoria Park? If you head in the east direction, you can quickly get to the vibrant Hackney Wick, a neighbourhood crossed by River Lea.

Overground train crossing a bridge over a canal in Bow

Bow London offers leafy walks along the canal as well as connectivity with the Overground

Get familiar with Bow's independent shops

Bow is a great place to be if you fancy a little shopping spree. Of course, you can get to Westfield Shopping Centre in Stratford in 5 minutes on the train. There you will find all your favourite high-street brands and chain restaurants. But if you are an independent shop supporter, you will not be disappointed.

The perfect place for that is Roman Road. The historical street is full of small boutiques to find unique pieces for your home and your wardrobe. Don't miss out on beautiful prints and stationery by stopping for a browse at Snap. This contemporary design store was created by Helen in 2012 who thrives to create a welcoming and fun atmosphere to foster community and encourage people to shop locally.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, this street hosts the Roman Road Market. For over 150 years now, stalls of local businesses have been coming to sell food, clothes and more. It is loved by locals as well as tourists and will provide you with a lovely shopping experience.

And for all the spirits lovers, have a look at the East London Liquor Company only a three-minute walk from Roman Road. This distillery contains a bar, a restaurant as well as a shop. You can easily enjoy a lovely afternoon there tasting different gins and head home with a great bottle to gift to a friend or to keep for yourself.

Support the arts in Bow

This neighbourhood is great for all creatives and art aficionados in general. Start by snatching a free entry to the Nunnery Gallery to enjoy modern art exhibitions that feature the history of East London. The exhibition rooms are surrounded by artist studios in this former convent building from the 19th century. This place is a real hub for artists and allows locals to access art for free. You can come to support this not-for-profit art space from Tuesday to Sunday and meet emerging artists.

If you are an artist yourself and looking for a studio, Bow Arts has your back. Located right outside Peabody New Homes' development, Three Waters, a space holding 70 affordable creative studios for artists such as architects and fashion designers has been set up. On top of that, they also host workshops to encourage creative activities and allow locals to meet and build community.

For all these reasons, Bow is one of the best places to live in East London. The area is seeing many young professionals and family buying their first home and becoming part of the local community. If you are looking to find your first home, you can learn more about what our Three Water development has to offer and send us your enquiry.

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