East London’s Bow is part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It’s an area that received a lot of attention and urban regeneration for the London 2012 Olympics thanks to its proximity to Stratford, which sometimes sees it being split into two distinct parts; old and new Bow. Old Bow has areas of conservation and Georgian and Victorian property, while New Bow has a modern twist and plenty of riverside homes.
An easy commute to the City and Canary Wharf means it is popular with professionals and those who want easy access to traditional work destinations, and fun at the weekends. This is also an area that benefits from being close to both Victoria and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – plenty of green space for escaping to after work.
What businesses does Bow suit?
This area has a long history for housing businesses that are on the creative side. According to a study, Bow has one of the highest densities of fine artists, designers and artisans in Europe (around 600 artists' studios were registered in 2010), meaning you are never far from creativity or inspiration. However, it’s also part of East London, meaning tech is also a business trend, with nearby Hackney and Whitechapel also offering connections to those forward-thinking companies. Photography studios are also popular in this area, thanks to creative East London’s vibes and access to the rest of the city for shoots.
Workspace has two commercial office buildings in Bow: Bow Enterprise Park and the brand new Lock Studios
"Roman Road Market, Western Entrance" by Tabithastapely
Bow is connected to the London Underground at Bow Road tube station on the District and Hammersmith & City lines, as well as Mile End tube station on the Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines. Plus, there’s the DLR Stratford-Canary Wharf line at Bow Church DLR Station and Devon’s Road DLR on the Stratford to Poplar branch.
From Bow Road tube station:
Oxford Circus: 25 minutes
Euston: 26 minutes
Canary Wharf: 18 minutes
London Liverpool Street: 15 minutes
We mentioned this was a creative area? Well both Muxima on Roman Road and The Nunnery Café on Bow Road allow for artists and designers to showcase their work in the dining spaces. Enjoy coffee or tasty tapas while you marvel at the walls. For vegan treats, try Targa Green on Tredegar Road. Franzé & Evans will be the delicious resident café in Workspace Brickfields plus new Mare Street and Lock Studios, but try the main café on Brick Lane, Shoreditch too.
The Bow Bells on Bow Road with its bright orange exterior is a classic for starting or ending a night out, It’s a traditional East End pub with something for everyone. Head to the East London Liquor Company to sample gin at a refurbished glue factory, or listen to live music at the Palm Tree, which, according to Time Out “provides a Cockney experience more intense than Danny Dyer pulling pints at the Queen Vic.”
The Bow Bells by Adam Bruderer
Roman Road Market
Attracting visitors from across the city, Roman Road Market is a traditional East End street market has been running for over 150 years from 10am to 3.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays. Visit the stores, cafes, and restaurants that line this famous street, too for a pit stop between bargain hunting stints.
For a slice of nature, head to this green haven that attracts around 9 million visitors per year. It has two cafes, a bandstand, and three lakes, plus a rose garden for lunch break meanders.
Limehouse Cut and Regents Canal both run through Bow. As well providing relaxing spaces to picnic by in warmer months, they are also great for lots of activities including kayaking, cycling, running, and walking.
"Victoria Park East Lake' by Paul Gillett