City Life: Bow
September 7, 2011
Bow falls within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, where regeneration projects over the past few years have resulted in high quality, newly build homes. It’s mostly a residential area, with workers from areas such as Stratford and Canary Wharf living there. It is a very exciting time to be living in Bow with the scheduled opening of the Stratford Westfield just a few days away, not to mention the long term benefits of having the Olympic Park less than 15 minutes away.
Bow Road is steeped in history, dating back to the early 12th century. It was known for a very long time as an area for pioneers of the arts, and revolutionaries such as the suffragettes. Along the Bow Road there are many traditional East End pubs with Bow Road station at one end and Mile End at the other.
Bow has been home to many budding UK recording artists who have achieved UK and European fame and chart positions with genres such as UK Hip-Hop, Grime, Dub-step and Funky House. It is a vibrant, multicultural place to live and has a very creative feel.
Food and Drink
Bow and its surrounding areas offer some of the best places to eat in London, with international cuisines heavily represented. For traditional East End fare though, F Cooke is one of the last remaining ‘pie and mash’ shops in London, and well worth a visit.
Greedy Cow restaurant is also a great place to get dinner – they take fresh produce and turn it into innovative and hearty meals. The Jamaican burger is a highlight; beef or chicken cooked in jerk sauce with rosti and mango chutney.
Where to Visit
Stour Space is a not-for-profit ‘exhibition and performance space devoted to the promotion and production of art and design, entrepreneurship, and the development of creative opportunities’. It hosts a range of exhibitions, and currently the first Thursday of the month is free for artists to exhibit on the theme of the Olympics.
Roman Road market is a lively place to visit on a Saturday. It rewards regular shoppers with a 10% discount and you can pick up everything you need there, from fruit and vegetables to music, clothing and books.
The Floating Cinema is nearing the end of its summer season, but its not too late to catch a film aboard the boat.
If boxing is your thing, visit the oldest boxing club in the country. Repton Boxing Club, established in 1884, continues to churn out champion boxers.
Bow is served by the DLR at Bow Church which is a 4 minute journey to Stratford and just 12 minutes to Canary Wharf. The Hammersmith & City and District lines at Bow Road and Bromley-by-Bow will get you to Oxford Circus in just 20 minutes. Access to south London is easy via the A12/Blackwall Tunnel and the O2 arena is under 15 minutes away by car or under 30 minutes by public transport.