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A locals' guide to Poplar

"Canary Wharf's striking developments offer views as far as the eye can see..."

Suzi Robertson

"The transformation of London Docklands has been tremendous in the last few decades."

Suzi Robertson

"The glass and steel of Canary Wharf's towering architecture is other-worldly..."

Suzi Robertson

What is your favourite place?

Where do Poplar locals go?


The Cineworld at West India Quay is moments from bars and restaurants, so grab a drink and food before and after the showings.

Il Bianco

The best food at this little hidden gem in London! Great for occasions and loads of specials - the seafood is the best thing they do.

Noodle Street

A cracking little Chinese restaurant on a random street, tucked away amongst a number of residential blocks. Great food and it's always full. Good prices too and if you can't be bothered to leave the house, they deliver!

Chrisp Street Market

Poplar's vibrant pedestrianised market and one of a few places in London where you can buy a baguette and then a mop in under a minute!

Billingsgate Market

If you're cooking up a seafood dinner, this is the place to go to pick up high-quality and reasonably priced fish - way better than the supermarket.


A great place to go if you are a fan of contemporary Japanese cuisine. Try the "Beef tataki" with smoked cheese, chives and soy roasted almonds - it's amazing and they also offer a very wide selection of premium sake.

Museum of London Docklands

The Museum of London Docklands is set within a nineteenth century sugar, rum and coffee warehouse! It tells visitors all about the history of London Docklands and trade with the rest of the world.

Goldstar Dry Cleaners

The masters of getting any stain out and they have always got a trick or two up their sleeve to get them out. 5 shirts for £7.50 is a bargain - and they will even do same day cleaning for the same price!

Docklands Nails

Friendly, efficient and great value!

The Narrow

A great gastropub on Narrow Street in Limehouse with fabulous food and a lovely atmosphere. The terrace has superb views of the Thames and you can go for a stroll around picturesque Limehouse Basin afterwards to walk off all the calories consumed!

The Breakfast Club

Delicious breakfasts throughout the day. An excellent place to meet up with friends at the weekend.

The Gun

A lovely riverside tavern hidden on the east side of the Isle with excellent food. The best place for a Sunday roast in East London and a good selection of real ales too.

Crossrail Place

Not just a terminal for Crossrail, but a mecca for restaurants and shopping. There is also a lovely relaxing winter garden.

Canary Wharf shopping

Shop 'til you drop in the two underground shopping malls. Indulge in high-end brands and boutiques and spend that hard-earned cash in style.

Canada Square Park

Whether it's a music event, car exhibition or watching a top sporting match on one of the big screens, sit back and grab a drink in the heart of Canary Wharf.

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Canary Wharf, North Greenwich, Limehouse, Isle Of Dogs, Bow, Rotherhithe, West Ham, Deptford, Greenwich and Royal Docks

What do you love about Poplar?

Why do you find Poplar a great place to live?


"I love my area because all the people around me are great the environment is really clean and tidy and every morning the cleaners come and clean it, it is also a very safe are, everyone helps each other out, and you can also let children out with out being worried because there are safe areas for them to playing, over all my area is perfect i wouldn't want to move."

February 2015


"I love Poplar because it a very clean and quite area, I feel safe, whereas other areas seem a bit scary and dark and don't seem so safe, I also love my area because there are parks where children's can go and play and no one needs to be worried about them and I've been safely living in Poplar for 18 years."

January 2015


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"In 1699, Parliament decreed that Billingsgate Market would be a free and open market for all types of fish...except for eels! Eels were only to be sold by the Dutch fishermen on the Thames, a nod of gratitude to them as they helped to feed people during the Great Fire of London."

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Child-friendly activities near Poplar

LCF Language School

Give your little ones a head start in exploring and understanding other languages. LCF Language School is running classes in French and Spanish. Children will be taught in fun, interactive sessions using games, craft, drama, story-times and active play. Website

Tower Hamlets Mums and Dads to be evening

Browns Hertsmere Road
Fun informal and social evenings for pregnant ladies and their partners to meet others who live in Tower Hamlets for a chat and a nibble. Compare notes on pram-buying find out the latest information about where to give birth in the area and much more as well as meeting other local parents-to-be in the area. Third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) Website

Ole Kids

Iberica Canary Wharf
Iberica Canary Wharf wants to treat you to a FREE Ole Kids workshop when you eat at the restaurant on Saturdays or Sundays. Every weekend one of our fabulous Ole Kids teachers will be at Iberica Canary Wharf to entertain the children, play, do arts and crafts, read stories and teach them some basic Spanish words while you eat the amazing tapas and relax with a glass of beautiful Spanish wine. Website

Gymboree Docklands

Gymboree are the experts in early childhood development and we know children, we know what works, what engages, and what is appropriate for the many different developmental stages between birth and age 5. Website

Yoga Creation

Westferry Studios
This excellent yoga centre is situated by Westferry station on the DLR. The studio runs a breadth of different types of yoga by a collective of qualified instructors. Website

Dantastic Musical Baby & Toddler Class

Dantastic's Musical Baby & Toddler class is a brilliant hour of interactive singing games dancing puppets parachutes and bubbles led by Dantastic himself. Website

Boutique Beauty Pilates & Dance

Westferry Studios
No membership no joining fee no contracts- getting fit and looking beautiful is easy at this dance and beauty studio in Limehouse. Their lively timetable covers pilates yoga pregnancy yoga and more as well as children and toddler ballet and children's hip hop dancing coming soon! Boutique Beauty, Pilates & Dance also offers a number of treatments including waxing, spray tans, body treatments and facials. Prices: Classes are continuous and don't break for holidays. You can purchase blocks of classes for £60 for six (adult class) sessions and these can be redeemed on any weekly class or carried over to a following week (excluding classes organised by external providers). We are offering a limited timetable at weekends and classes are available as 6-week courses at £75 per course. Website
  1. About Poplar

    Poplar is an area of the East End of London in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Poplar is about 5.5 miles (8.9 km) east of Charing Cross. The nearest Docklands Light Railway stations are All Saints, Blackwall, East India, Langdon Park, Poplar and West India Quay. The nearest tube station is Canary Wharf.

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