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Vibrant community adjoining the Olympic Park enveloped by waterways

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Tredegar Square

Tredegar Square

Beautiful green space in zone 2.

Goldstar Dry Cleaners

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!

Chrisp Street Market

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!

Common Greenway Cafe

Common Greenway Cafe

Hidden gem, relaxed environment, friendly staff and great food!

Print House

Print House

A Shorditch-y looking bar on Stratford's High Street next to the water. If you want to have a drink with friends where you can actually hear them talk, this is the place!

The Palm Tree

The Palm Tree

A local drinking institution that retains its traditional decor - a proper East End boozer with plenty of character in Millennium Park.

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide

On the doorstep of Victoria Park and Stratford within the Olympic Park - the world's tallest tunnel slide. Not your average Helter Skelter and not for the faint hearted!

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

The ArcelorMittal Orbit

Britain's largest piece of art, you can buy tickets to go up and view London from the top, as well as abseil down and hire it out for private events.

Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Skateboarding through Victoria Park is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Possibly heading to Broadway Market after to find coffee and more than likely after a few skateboard tricks, a pharmacy.

Pavilion Café

Pavilion Café

A great place to grab a coffee, freshly prepared snacks or cake, while overlooking one of Victoria Park's lakes.

London Aquatics Centre

London Aquatics Centre

London Aquatics Centre is the most technologically advanced and stunning swimming facility in the world and part of the 2012 London Olympic legacy.

The Pie Crust Cafe

The Pie Crust Cafe

A family business, absolutely delicious Thai food and great prices.

Swing Patrol Victoria Park

Swing Patrol Victoria Park

I love the beginner swing dance classes at The Royal Inn on the Park every Tuesday. The classes are fun, the teachers and students are friendly and the dancing is great! A great way to meet new people, get some exercise and, of course, learn to dance.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

The perfect place to play outdoor games with kids or friends, have a romantic picnic or for a good cardio workout - amazing scenery of both nature and modern architecture.

Docklands Nails

Docklands Nails

Friendly, efficient and great value!

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Why not explore the nearby areas of Victoria Park, Limehouse, West Ham, Stratford, Poplar, Bethnal Green, Homerton, Canary Wharf, Maryland and Whitechapel

"The American Dennis Severs captured a perfect recreation of what it would be like to live in the 17th century by turning this house in Spitafields into a "time capsule" of different historical styles that is now open to the public...including different smells for the different epochs!"

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has been a fantastic addition to Stratford, putting our area on the map!

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Joshua Mugume

I love walking along the Lee Navigation in Hackney Wick and looking at all the charming narrow boats.

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Alexandra Haywood

Bounded by canals and close to the Olympic Park, I often go running round Victoria Park.

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  1. I love Bow because it's a quiet, green and peaceful area whilst being situated in Zone 2 with access to numerous tube / DLR / bus routes (including the night tube at Mile End station). I work in Canary Wharf and wanted somewhere with an easy commute yet also being well situated for weekends out in central London. My dad (who admittedly deplores London and city life in general) has even referred to my place as "a quiet, green oasis amongst the big smoke" - if that's not an endorsement, I don't know what is!

  2. Bow is quiet and safe, lovely surrounding area with brick houses and typical British streets full of green trees,and still in quick reach of East & Central London,the places where I go out,work and study.

  3. Perfect links to Everywhere with District, Hammersmith and City and DLR. Commutes to Jubilee in 1 stop and Central line in 2 stops.You can be Anywhere in zones 1, 2 and 3 in less than 30 mins.

  4. Bow is very well located for transport being close to mile end station for fast central line access to the west end and city. It is also on the district/Hammersmith lines from bow station allowing direct access to main railway stations. Locally, the Stratford Olympic park is just 10 minutes away by bus for swimming and badminton and great walks, kids playgrounds and Stratford Westfield shopping centre. For more upmarket entertainment Victoria park and the village are about 25 minutes walk with some brilliant village bars, restaurants and pubs. The park itself is great for running. The down side of the are is mile end road which is very busy for traffic and lots of poorly qualified drivers always driving along it. Great road access to Stansted airport which is about 30-40 minutes drive.

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Child-friendly activities near Bow

Tiny Time Music- Royak Inn- Victoria Park

Royal Inn on the Park
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Drop in class. No need to book! Website

Big Little Singers - Baby friendly choir for Mums

Royal Inn On The Park
Big Little Singers is a new singing group for Mum's, Dad's, Grandparents and babies. Website

Baby Sensory classes

The Royal Inn on the Park
Baby Sensory's award winning baby development classes are now running in your area. You and your baby will experience different sensory activities designed to support your baby's sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Trial class is £5.00 & £45/5weeks Website

Acting Bugs - Victoria Park

Hackney Forge
Acting Bugs classes are weekly drama sessions carefully devised so the parent/carer can join in alongside the child. The sessions are themed half termly and incorporate an ongoing story which includes singing, movement, puppets, props and improvisation. Website

Diddy Bugs - Victoria Park

Hackney Forge
Diddy Bugs classes are weekly drama sessions for toddlers. These delightful story based sessions are repeated for approximately 4-5 weeks as children love the repetition and become familiar with the characters and story. Website

Once There Was, The Wonderful World of Oliver Jeffers

Discover Children’s Story Centre,
Explore Oliver Jeffers' magical worlds in an interactive exhibition bringing his fabulous picture books to life. Play in your favourite scenes from How to Catch a Star, Up and Down, Lost and Found and The Way Back Home. Take a trip to the seaside, row a boat, make friends with a penguin, and listen to a story. Website

London Aquatics Centre

London Aquatics Centre,
Starting your children on swimming lessons as early as possible can be of great benefit, at the London Aquatics Centre, under the ASA Ducking Awards course we offer lesson starting at 3 month to 5 years old. This course is designed to help babies, toddlers and young swimmers become familiar with the water and begin to learn to swim. Website

About Bow

Bow is an area of London, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It is a built-up, mostly residential district located 4.6 miles (7.4 km) east of Charing Cross, and is a part of the East End. Bow has become associated with the E3 postcode district, which includes the surrounding districts of Bromley-by-Bow, Old Ford and Mile End. The Hertford Union Canal links the River Lee Navigation and the Regent's Canal, running west from Old Ford Lock, along the south side of Victoria Park and linking at a basin, just to the west of Grove Road and the park, in the north of Mile End.

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