Guide to Bow
With a cash machine just outside Bow Road tube station that asks “which language would you like? English or Cockney?” you know you’ve truly landed in the heart of East London. Tradition states that you can call yourself a true Cockney if you were born within the sound of the Bow Bells – the St Mary le Bow church in the City – and yes, you can hear them in Bow.
Although famed for cockney rhyming slang and Pearly Kings and Queens, Bow is undergoing a period of gentrification with stylish hangouts, restaurants and parkland sitting neatly alongside tree lined streets of beautifully kept Georgian terraces and the Roman Road which as well as being home to Unico’s office also offers a regular market for fashions, furnishing and fresh produce. Victoria Park is a short ten minutes’ walk away and the navigable Regent’s Canal can take you to the Limehouse Basin, Little Venice, Camden Lock or London Zoo.
Properties do not stay empty for long here. It’s an extremely popular place to live and work, and offers reasonably priced post- and pre-war properties. House prices are competitive compared with neighbouring boroughs but reflect the rising demand to live in Bow.