Limehouse Area Guide
Limehouse Area Guide
Limehouse is one of the most desirable areas of East London. Like nearby Docklands, this area was transformed from an industrial port in the late 20th century, becoming an attractive riverside neighbourhood. With elegant homes with river views and great amenities, the area is loved for its unique character. To find out more on what living in Limehouse has to offer, check out our Limehouse Area Guide.
- Limehouse Properties
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- Limehouse Employment
- Limehouse Schools
- Limehouse Leisure
- Living in Limehouse
Limehouse is one of London’s most historic neighbourhoods, with a unique industrial heritage. The history of the area is reflected in the properties on offer. Living in Limehouse means you have a wide choice of properties available. From period houses to modern developments, there is something for everyone. Owing to the area’s history as an industrial port, Limehouse has many sympathetically restored warehouse conversions, offering spseacious proportions and period features. There are also a good number of Georgian townhouses, once home to wealthy seafaring merchants. Arbour Square has some fine examples in addition to Narrow Street which was recently named “East London’s Priciest Street”.
In recent years, developers have caught onto the area’s appeal, building many luxury apartments to feed the demand. This means the area has several glass tower blocks, offering spectacular views over Limehouse Basin and The City of London. Limehouse isn’t just an area of expensive properties however - There are many affordable developments dotted around, where flats can be bought for as little as £250,000.
Living in Limehouse provides great access to great public transport. When this part of London was regenerated in the 1980s, one of the chief ambitions was to connect the area with the centre of London. Transport is one of the chief assets to the area, with Limehouse having its own railway station. Two lines pass through the area – the DLR and C2C. The former connects the area with Bank in the west and the rest of East London in the opposite direction. The C2C line on the other hand takes you to Southend, so the coast is never too far away.
For those preferring to travel by car or bus, there is an efficient road network in Limehouse, with easy access to the A13 via several bus stops. Services to Central London take approximately 30 minutes. The most scenic way to travel however is by boat, with Uber Boat providing a regular service from nearby Canary Wharf.
Living in Limehouse means you are never short of job opportunities. Situated between the financial hubs of Canary Wharf and The City of London, the neighbourhood has great proximity to employment opportunities. Both Canary Wharf and The City are considered financial centres, with household names such as HSBC and Barclays. Commuting time to either of these districts is a breeze, with journey times under 15 minutes.
That’s not to say the area only boasts financial roles however. In recent years, Canary Wharf especially has been attracting a growing number of creative businesses and tech start-ups. London has a diverse economy and Limehouse’s excellent transport facilities mean most areas of the city are within easy reach. There is little wonder therefore that the area has one of the highest employment rates in London, exceeding the national average by approximately 7%.
Another asset for the Limehouse area is the provision of local schooling. London is undoubtedly one of the best locations in the UK for education, with Limehouse bucking the trend. Living in Limehouse means you are within walking distance of a wide range of top institutions. At the primary level, the area is served by a wide range of schools, with many rated ‘outstanding’. Some examples of local schools achieving an ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted include Sir William Burrough Primary School and Cyril Jackson Primary School. At the secondary level, nearby St Paul's Way Trust School is also a highly regarded institution. What’s unique about this area of London however is that there isn’t generally a premium attached to properties within catchment areas of good schools. This means you can secure your children a quality education without the additional expense.
Despite being a residential neighbourhood, Limehouse offers a great leisure opportunities. The most distinctive feature of the area is the Limehouse Basin, around which many pleasant walks are to be had. The area is also full of large open green spaces including Ropemaker’s Fields and Stepney Green Park.
What locals like about the area is a the good selection of local restaurants. One such example is Shanshuijian, which plays to the area’s history as London’s original Chinatown. There is also a famous pub – The Grapes – which has been running since 1583 and is reputed to have been a favoured watering hole of Charles Dickens. For something a little more lively, The Troxy is a much beloved Art Deco venue which has been hosting music concerts and performances since 1933.
In summary, living in Limehouse provides the best of both worlds, benefiting from all that London has to offer, in a quiet riverside setting. With excellent transport links, gorgeous properties and great leisure facilities, it’s little wonder the area has soared in popularity.
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