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We love Shadwell

Living in Shadwell, London

Experience diversity, character and a real London community in Shadwell.

Following on from the example set by uber-trendy Shoreditch, Shadwell is fast becoming one of the city’s new, sought-after gentrified areas with its stylish warehouse conversions and close proximity to central London.

Its location, right in the heart of east London, has seen the area become increasingly popular with those looking to buy in the city at a reasonable price in recent years, and Shadwell’s wonderfully diverse community and excellent transport links have only helped raise the district’s stock with house hunters.


Shadwell property

What’s less than 20 minutes from the city, enjoys close proximity to the River Thames (including some attractive waterside properties and yet is still relatively cheap? Shadwell is certainly well worth looking at for a property investment, especially with the DLR offering good connections, Crossrail opening, and an eye on HS2 in around ten years’ time.

There are a lot of ex-council properties in the area, along with some traditional terraced houses. However, many new developments are appearing too, with Shadwell an important part of the East London regeneration scheme, and more new homes scheduled to be built here than almost anywhere else in the Capital. Shadwell is definitely starting to gentrify in earnest as well, and the coffee shops and artisan boutiques are beginning to appear too.

We say:

Full of colourful character and a culturally diverse population, Shadwell is a shining example of a real London community. In the past, the area hasn’t had the best reputation, but today, an influx of modern apartments have seen a real sense of vigour injected into the district. Ideal for commuters who like to avoid the dark, with the DRL and Overground connecting you to the rest of the city.

Your neighbours

The Neighbours
A fairly young district, Shadwell is popular with degree-educated professionals looking to get on the property ladder in London. There’s also a vibrant Bangladeshi community which is reflected in the area’s local shops and restaurants.

What you'll find

What you'll find
Close enough to the glitz and glamour of central London that you can live the city life to the full; far enough away that your wallet doesn’t feel the pinch too much.

Property prices

Property prices
Average 2-bedroom rental price:
£1,430 per calendar month. Average 2-bedroom property price:


The Lifestyle
This lively part of east London is shared by people from all walks of life and this you will see this in the hustle and bustle of the community. Whether you’re after a quiet drink or a loud all-nighter, you’re never too far from the action in Shadwell.

Do not expect

Do not expect
High-end department stores and royal mansions - darling, you're in east London now.

You'll fall in love with

You fall in love with
Having the likes of Shoreditch on your doorstep without having to wade through a sea of top knots and waxed moustaches on your way to the DLR.

Local transport Transport
Shadwell is incredibly well connected both by the DLR and the London Overground line. With the former, you can be at Bank in 15 minutes, while the latter means you can venture north for a night out in Islington, or south to bargain hunt in East Dulwich’s legendary charity shops.

The Overground also means you are well-connected to Shoreditch and Dalston for those times when you absolutely must have a cocktail in a jam jar with a name you cannot pronounce.
Local destinations Distances
The London Eye: 28 minute on the DLR and tube
The Tower of London: 16 mins on the DLR
Heathrow Airport: 1 hr 17 mins on the DLR and tube
Gatwick Airport: 68 mins on the train
King's Cross: 25 minutes on the DLR and tube
National Gallery: 31 minutes on the DLR and tube

Sights around Kings Cross

Kings Cross Travel

As the London Docklands areas continue to be rejuvenated, Shadwell’s popularity will only begin to rise. Surrounded by creative hubs, culturally important landmarks and historic neighbourhoods, the district is located right in the centre of everything that’s so popular about east London, but it remains affordable.

Artistic Flair

The difference with Shadwell is its working class roots, something that can still be seen in the area today. It’s this sense of grit and determination that really sets it apart from other areas in the east - real people live, work and mix here. Because of this, there are plenty of authentic, family-run places to eat in the area, covering everything from quick eats to sit-down meals.

Great places to...



230 Commercial Road

No restaurant in the area typifies Shadwell’s bustling character quite like Efes. This authentic Turkish restaurant combines the traditional dishes of the region with contemporary decor to marvelous effect, adding to the dining experience. The tables are snuggly lined up next to each other to enhance the atmosphere, but it’s the way the food is cooked that steals the show. Succulent meats are prepared to perfection over a charcoal barbeque after being marinated in the spices that make Turkish food so tasty.



The Grapes
76 Narrow St, Limehouse

A stone’s throw away from Shadwell, you’ll find the Grapes, a wonderfully quaint pub that’s co-owned by the one and only Sir Ian McKellan. The moment you step foot in this old establishment you will fall completely in love with its Victorian fixtures and wood panelled bar. Set out around a traditional long bar, the Grapes emits a cosy atmosphere making it ideal for a quiet pint after a long day or an intimate meal with the other half. The food ranges from traditional pub grub with an up-market twist to more adventurous dishes for those with exotic tastes - Sir Ian's Meaty Shepherd's Pie is one not to miss.



167 Commercial Road

Whether your wardrobe is in need of a quick touch up, or a dramatic overhaul, Pamoni has got you covered. Offering a wide range of men’s formal and casual wear, this cool little store offers everything from statement ties and razor-sharp evening suits to casual chinos and comfortable shirts. The store-front has an old-school feel about it, but the staff within are knowledgeable and helpful. Being a wholesaler, the shop is actually a showroom. However, you can get hold of anything you see in-store online here.

Apples and Pears


Apples and Pears
26 Osborn St, Shadwell

This intimate little cocktail bar is the type of place that unless you’re looking for it, you’d never even know it existed. And that’s the biggest draw for Apples and Pears. Located towards the far end of the always fashionable Brick Lane, the bar’s unassuming doorway stands as a gateway to eclectic goodtime music, raucous dancing and some of the best cocktails in the east. Expect the narrow bar to be packed full of revellers, sipping the bar’s hand-crafted and seasonal cocktails as they groove on into the night.

Flow Studio


Flow Studio
Shadwell Pierhead

After a night of dancing at Apples and Pears, you probably feel like you’ve run the equivalent of a marathon, but now it’s time for a different type of work out - one for mind, body and soul. Flow Studio offers a wide range of yoga and pilates classes to help keep you fresh and flexible in a way that’s accessible for busy city types. Whether you’re after one-on-one sessions or group classes, the studio has something that works for you - step back from the rat race and assume the downward dog.

Jonny’s Place


Jonny’s Place
Devonshire Square

This trendy East End salon is more than just a place to get your haircut, it’s a grooming experience. Jonny, the man in charge, has been crafting and sculpting locks in the area for over 20 years with a style that is in equal measures traditional and contemporary. The salon itself could double up as a trendy modern art installation due to its meticulous decoration and use of space. It’s 20 minutes away from Shadwell on the DLR, but as those who appreciate a killer cut will know, that’s not far to go to look good.

Hummingbird Bakery


Hummingbird Bakery
11 Frying Pan Alley

If you have a sweet tooth, the Hummingbird Bakery could be your best friend or worst nightmare, depending on how you look at it. This American-style confectioner specialises in the most delicately crafted cup cakes and desserts, and has fast established itself in London. The Spitalfields branch is close enough to walk from Shadwell DLR, although you might just want to walk all the way home after gorging on all those perfect-looking sweet treats!

Whitechapel Gallery


Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High St

You don’t have to go far in east London to find inspiring art nowadays, and Shadwell is no exception. A mere 15-minute walk from the DLR station and you’ll find the Whitechapel Gallery, a real community art space. With no permanent collection, the gallery’s exhibitions constantly evolve to reflect the surrounding area and the vibrant art that is constantly being created here.

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