London Area Guides
Bow Area Guide
Our area guide to Bow gives you a quick overview of the neighbourhood from its properties, public parks, local schools, council tax, public transport links to shopping and going out.
Postcodes covered by this area guide include E3
Bow has reinvented itself to attract middle class professionals from the nearby City and Docklands development.
Property Types & Architecture
Bow offers an eclectic mix of properties from affordable housing, such as the regenerated council blocks and The Bow Quarter, an early conversion into flats of the old Bryant & May match factory to tree-lined streets of Georgian and Victorian terraced houses sitting within conservation areas. Bow has seen much new development on the back of the 2012 Olympics in nearby Stratford.
Shopping & Entertainment
Roman Road is a hive of activity, with a market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays offering clothes, accessories, furniture and food. A general market is held on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays. There is also an arts and crafts market in Gladstone Place on Saturdays and a farmers’ market in Cardigan Street on the first Saturday of the month. For any items not picked up at one of the various markets in Bow, nearby Westfield Stratford Shopping centre should have what you are looking for with over 300 stores as well as many eateries, a cinema, bowling alley and casino. The local council swimming pool is at Mile End Park Leisure Centre, while the London Aquatics Centre, the former 2012 Olympics venue has two 50-metre swimming pools and a diving pool.
Parks & Commons
Bow is blessed with plenty of parks and green spaces. Victoria Park with its wonderful Pavilion Cafe has recently undergone a £12 million restoration and includes playgrounds, an elaborate drinking fountain, a fishing lake and frequent summer pop concerts. 79 acre linear Mile End Park boasts an ecology building, a climbing wall and a stadium full of attractions. The nearby Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has plenty to see and do for all the family.
Who lives here?
A mix of students, professionals and young families flock to Bow for its eclectic offerings. High quality period homes, proximity to Victoria Park and a plethora of transport options are drawing in the young professionals and familes to the area while students are attracted to the areas proximity to Queen Mary University . The area boasts transport links by tube, DLR, bus and road ensuring that the area is easily connectable to Canary Wharf, the City and the West End.
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Schools in Bow & Exam Results
Schools in Bow fall under the Tower Hamlets Local Education Authority. Below is a comprehensive list of public schools in Bow by type, together with full school details and the latest exam results.
Local schools within Bow
Bow Council Tax Rates
Council Tax is worked out by your local council who sets the Council Tax rates for each year. Your property postcode will determine which council you will need to pay. There are currently 1 councils covering the Bow area.
Council tax rates for each Local Authority
How much will I have to pay?
Each year, every local authority will set a rate of council tax for each valuation band. The amount you have to pay depends on the value of your property and the current rates for your local council. Not everyone will have to pay the full amount of council tax. There are three ways in which your council tax bill may be reduced.
Reductions in council tax
- Reduction scheme for disabled people
- Discounts (i.e. If only one person lives in a property they will get a 25% discount on the council tax bill)
- Council tax benefit and second adult rebate
Learn more about council tax at HM Revenue & Customs
Bow Local Authorities
Bow is represented by Tower Hamlets Council which holds the responsibility for delivering services in your area.
The council is responsible for all council services and duties, which include Social Services, housing, education and planning. If you’ve a specific question for this council, please visit their website to get contact details for key departments.
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