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East Village London E20: The new paradise of East London?

Although East London is not always thought of as a paradise, this is what comes to mind when you visit the East Village London – the ex-Olympic village where the athletes stayed during summer 2012, which has now been converted into a residential quarter.

If we ignore the fact that most rental properties are in a group of tower blocks, the East Village has a lot going for it:

  • Transport: Stratford station is just a short walk away, with two metro lines (Central and Jubilee), direct trains to St Pancras (7 minutes)

  • Shops: Westfield Shopping Centre amasses more than 300 shops, from clothes and accessories to department stores and supermarkets.

  • Parks and green spaces: the Olympic park is just a short walk away, and includes play areas for children, as well as a number of walks along the water with lovely landscapes.

  • Restaurants and bars: once again, Westfield offers an incredible variety with 60 bars and restaurants.

  • School, crèche and university: a crèche opened in 2013 on the village site. Chobham Academy, an independent school opened in September 2013, with a capacity of 2,000 students aged from 3 to 18 years old. Finally, Birkbeck University and the University of East London built a university campus on this Stratford site in 2013.

  • Sporting facilities: the facilities, redeveloped after the Olympics, offer, amongst other things, cycling, swimming and basketball.

The property options are diverse, from two-bedroom to 5-bedroom apartments or houses, furnished or unfurnished, for families as well as professionals looking to house share. All the properties come with a balcony, something that is very rare for London, and are brand-new or almost brand-new. The interiors are simple but modern, and come with a fully equipped kitchen, built-in cupboards (something that is rare in England) and wooden floors. They are spacious and are well priced. An unfurnished 4 bedroom will cost £510 per week, and a furnished 3 bedroom will cost £420 per week – prices that we haven’t seen for a long time for London newly builds.

Our opinion: this is an area to take advantage of, as much for families as for professionals. It has excellent access to Canary Wharf, the City, and the West End, as well as St Pancras.

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