Poplar Area Guide

One of London’s most historic neighbourhoods, Poplar is a dynamic area located near the banks of the River Thames. Famous as the location of TV hit Call the Midwife, the E14 neighbourhood sits just two miles from Canary Wharf. Living in Poplar offers the best of both worlds, with easy access to central London and a strong local community. To find out more on what Poplar is like as a place to live, read our Poplar area guide below.

Poplar Properties

Like most E14 neighbourhoods, Poplar has a great variety of properties. Despite its historic legacy, the area was bombed in WW2 and a lot of areas had to be rebuilt afterwards. Today, Poplar is characterised by mid-century residential buildings, with a pleasant variety of both low-rise and high-rise structures. This is one of the few zone 2 areas where you can find houses in good supply, as well as flats and maisonettes.

In addition to mid-centuries properties, Poplar also benefits from some Georgian and Victorian houses. These homes can be found in locations such as St Leonard’s Row. They’re usually refurbished to a high standard too, with several on the market requiring little or no improvement. 

In recent years, Poplar has undergone some regeneration, and this has had notable impact on the market. New build apartments are becoming increasingly popular in the highly sought-after riverside locations. Poplar Regeneration is ongoing, with future projects expected to boost the desirability of the area considerably. 

Poplar Transport

Like many E14 neighbourhoods, Poplar is a great area for transport connections. The transport system has also undergone many changes within the last 30 years, making the area a transport hub. The area is a served by the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) - London’s only automated metro system. Poplar has its own DLR station, in addition to stations at nearby West India Quay, Westferry and Langdon Park. For tube access, Canary Wharf underground station is just a stone’s throw away, providing access to the Jubilee line.

Other public transport options include the Uber boat (which takes you from Canary Wharf Pier to Putney in the West and Woolwich Arsenal in the East) and the bus network, with bus stops serving a multitude of routes. For road access, the A13 skirts by, providing a three-lane highway from Canary Wharf to the M25. With Crossrail and the much-anticipated Elizabeth Line also in the pipe-line, Poplar will become one of the best located neighbourhoods in the city.


Poplar Schools

One of the many benefits of living in Poplar for families is the great range of schooling available. There are numerous Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ schools within E14, particularly Limehouse and Poplar. Because of the proximity of these communities, catchment areas usually cover a range of neighbourhoods, meaning greater choice. At the primary level, Poplar and Limehouse have 16 ‘outstanding’ schools, with even more rated ‘good’. For example, both Bygrove Primary and Culloden Primary are in the heart of Polar and rated ‘outstanding’. At the secondary school level, Langdon Park is situated in Poplar and ‘rated’ good. There is also a good range of 16-18 educational provision. The St Paul's Way Trust School is just one example of ‘outstanding’ 16-18 education in Poplar. 


Poplar Employment

Living in Poplar provides you with a great range of employment opportunities. The neighbourhood is just a stone’s throw away from Canary Wharf – one of London’s most prosperous locations for job opportunities. Numerous large companies are located here and while the area has a reputation for finance, the Canary Wharf and E14 job offerings have expanded in recent years. Barclays PLC, HSBC and JP Morgan are all here, while creative digital and media companies are growing in their numbers.  In addition to Canary Wharf, because of its solid transport links, Poplar provides easy access to other major employment areas in London such as the City, with Liverpool Street reached in just 30 minutes by public transport.


Poplar Leisure

Despite being a largely residential neighbourhood, Poplar manages to hold its own when it comes to attractions and leisure options. The neighbourhood is home to Chrisp Street Market - the UK’s oldest purpose-built market. Offering everything from books to beauty products, local tipples and pie and mash shops, the market is a central hub for the local community. Because of its E14 location, Poplar also benefits from easy access to the many attractions of Canary Wharf.

For culture and history, the Museum of London Docklands explores the days of Poplar’s yesteryear while Trinity Buoy Wharf is a great spot for street art. Outside, Poplar benefits from a range of green spaces including Bow Creek Ecology Park and East India Dock Basin Nature Reserve. Shops are also not hard to come by with many local retailers and the Canary Wharf shopping centre. For evening entertainment, Canary Wharf is just a stone’s throw away, offering many restaurants and bars. The local Everyman cinema is also a popular evening spot with those wanting to catch a film.


Living in Poplar

So, there you have it. Poplar is a great place to live with affordable properties and numerous transport options, local jobs and leisure facilities. It’s no wonder the E14 area was rated one of the best places to live by The Sunday Times in 2019.

Proper Local is a local Poplar estate agent, specialising in properties within E14 – areas like Poplar, Blackwall, Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf. If you have a property in Poplar you are considering letting out, or you are interested in buying or renting a property here, get in touch with us. We are one of the highest rated letting agents in E14, with a diverse property portfolio for both renters and buyers. Get in touch to have a chat about your requirements, or browse our popular pages below:

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