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Bromley-by-Bow area guide

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Bromley-by-Bow Area Info

Bromley-by-Bow Area Info

This historic East End district, bordering Stratford, Bethnal Green and Canning Town, was until fairly recently, a much overlooked and neglected part of the city. However, the area has recently undergone an extensive £1.1 billion redevelopment, and now has much to offer its residents. With its proximity to central London and Canary Wharf and excellent transport links – Bromley-by-Bow Underground serves the District & Hammersmith & City Lines while nearby Stratford will soon have the benefit of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) – the area has become a beacon for city workers, creatives and entrepreneurs alike.

Properties in Bromley-by-Bow include Victorian houses and converted industrial buildings in conservation areas, as well as new build apartment blocks in stunning, waterside locations. Schools in Bromley-by-Bow include the Old Palace Primary School, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted, while at secondary level there’s the co-educational Bow School, which has a good Ofsted rating.

Things To Do In Bromley-by-Bow

With the River Lea weaving through it, living in Bromley by Bow offers plenty of pretty riverside running and dog-walking routes. Bromley-by-Bow park is also well worth a visit, being the largest parkland in the area. After all that exercise, you might want to pay a visit to the Galvanisers Union, an impeccably restored Victorian pub located on Devas Street. Serving up a host of craft beers and ales by regional breweries, the pub also has an excellent food offering, including such classics as fish and chips and sausage and mash. During the sunnier weather, make the most of the relaxed beer garden with friends. Occasionally, the pub hosts live music gigs, comedy nights and quiz nights too.

For a more cultural outing, head to The Nunnery Gallery on Bow Road, where you’ll also find the Carmelite Café. Housed within a former 19th-century convent, the building is an intriguing historical example in itself, complete with gothic arches and original floor tiles. However, inside the gallery, it’s emerging artistic talent that takes centre stage. After immersing yourself in the local creative scene, pop by the café for homemade cake and coffee and where nestled within is also a small shop selling books, prints, pottery, and other handmade items by the resident artists - perfect for decorating your home.

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History of Bromley-by-Bow

'Bromley' is a corruption of Old English words meaning 'woodland clearing with brambles', and the extended name avoids confusion with its south London namesake. It was earlier known as Bromley St Leonard, after the Benedictine priory of St Leonard, once the oldest religious house in east London.

From the 1930s the London County Council began a massive slum clearance programme, erasing the old village green and its houses and inns.

Severe bomb damage in the Second World War brought further clearance after 1945 and municipal and social housing now fills almost the entire area.

Seventy-two per cent of homes here are rented from the council or a housing association, an extraordinarily high figure. The largest ethnic minority is of Bangladeshi descent, followed by white Britons. The Bromley-by-Bow Centre on Bruce Road is a community regeneration organisation that aims to harness the energies and abilities of local people through a variety of integrated projects, linking health with education and enterprise, for example, or environment with training and family support.

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