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Bow Area Info

Bow Area Info

Neighbouring the 2012 Olympic Site, Bow emerged as a desirable place to live for young professionals and families following the development of Canary Wharf and Docklands in the early 90's. With a healthy amount of period houses, in a mix of fine conservation areas, high earning City workers flocked to be near greenery, picturesque waterways and for easy access to London's two largest financial districts. Victoria Park and the Hertford Union Canal mark Bow's northern boundary; Mile End Park and the Regent's Canal its western edge; the Limehouse Cut its most southerly point and the River Lee Navigation its eastern limit. Along with the City crowd, Bow attracts a large number of creatives and a growing population of students from Queen Mary's University and medical staff from Royal London Hospital.

Things To Do In Bow

Ever changing Roman Road plays host to a street market three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday), whilst there are a number of independent shops and boutiques to enjoy a coffee or light bite including; Zealand Road Coffee Shop and G Kelly's traditional Pie & Mash.

For posh nosh, a selection of restaurants and bars can be found in Victoria Park Village, Westfield or Canary Wharf. Our personal favourites in Bow include The Morgan Arms which is great for a Sunday roast, The Empress of India offers a varied menu and is great for special occasions whilst the Greedy Cow serves juciy burgers and steaks.

If you are feeling energetic Soho Gym have recently expanded their empire to Bow Wharf whilst Victoria Park and Mile Park both offer open green space to stretch your legs and the picturesque tow paths of the Regents Canal are a dream for cyclists.

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E3 5LU
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History of Bow

Originally known as Stratford, 'Bow' is an abbreviation of Stratford-atte-Bow, with 'Bow' drawing reference to a bridge built in the early 12th century.

Stratford was first recorded as a settlement in 1177, the name derived from its Old English meaning of paved way to a ford. The ford originally lay on a pre-Roman trackway at Old Ford about 600 metres to the North. When the Romans decided on Colchester as the initial capital for their occupation, the road was upgraded to run from the area of London Bridge, as one of the first paved Roman roads in Britain. The 'paved way' is likely to refer to the presence of a stone causeway across the marshes, which formed a part of the crossing.

Bow formed a part of the medieval parish of Stepney until becoming an independent parish in 1719. The parish vestry then undertook this responsibility until a rising population created the need for the poplar board of Works in 1855. This was superseded by the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar in 1900 until it was absorbed into the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in 1965

Roman Road Market
Roman Road Market

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