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Located within the London Borough of Tower Hamlets about 5.5 miles from Charing Cross, Poplar was originally a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of London. During the war, much of Poplar was destroyed, but in 1951 its new Lansbury Estate was chosen as the site of the festival’s Live Architecture Exhibition, designed to show the power of architecture and town planning to revitalise the country following the destruction caused by the war.

The historic Chrisp street Market was a legacy of the festival, with its distinctive clock tower, designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd, is a highly popular market in the district centre and is seen as one of the hubs of activity for the area. Along with a cluster of fine buildings gathered along East India Dock Road, it forms the heart of this solidly working-class neighbourhood. There is several attractions in poplar, such as the classical beauty of All Saints Church, the Art Deco magnificence of the recently reopened Poplar Baths, the statue of local shipowner and philanthropist Richard Green, and a new library called the Idea Store designed by Sir David Adjaye.

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Shopping and Culture

Local shops can be found along Poplar High Street and East India Dock Road. There are also several restaurants you can visit around Poplar, covering a variety of cuisines. Il Bianco Italian restaurant on Biscayne Avenue near Blackwall station opened The Island Grocer grocery store, espresso bar and deli restaurant at London City Island. Fatboy’s Diner is an American-style diner at Trinity Buoy Wharf, where you will also find Bow Creek Café along with a lovely river view. For a wider range of retail stores and eateries, residents usually head for Canary Wharf or Westfield Stratford City..

Sport and Leisure

There are two open space nature reserves at the mouth of the River Lea where it loops before meeting with the Thames: Bow Creek Ecology Park on Bidder Street and East India Dock Basin Nature Reserve on Orchard Place. Bartlett Park, which backs on to Limehouse Cut is Poplar’s largest park, and further improvements are being funded by a new housing development on its boundary. As well as areas to enjoy an afternoon stroll, there are other amenities you can visit around Poplar. The nearest cinemas are Cineworld in West India Quay and Everyman in Canary Wharf. There is also a street art trail at Trinity Buoy Wharf and the arts quarter that includes London’s only lighthouse. For those looking for a more active day out, there is Poplar Baths Leisure Centre and Gym, formerly the public bath house which was restored and reopened in summer 2016 after 30 years in order to provide a swimming pool for the local residents.

Primary and Secondary Education

1. Bygrove Primary School is an average sized primary school with approximately 240 pupils enrolled. There is a breakfast club managed by the governing body. Children in Early years foundation stage are taught in a Nursery and a Reception class. The school does meet the government’s current floor targets and has achieved many awards including an Inclusion Quality Mark, a Professional Development Mark and a Primary Quality Mark for basic skills.

2. Mayflower Primary School is also in the E14 postal district. The Early Years Foundation Stage is provided in a Nursery and two Reception classes and the school provides additional services through a breakfast club.

3. George Green’s Secondary School is a mixed gender facility for ages 11 – 18 situated in the E14 area. A small number of students attend alternate provision off-site programmes at City Gateway for courses in sports leadership and creative media, and the Old Ford College for City and Guilds qualifications in construction work.

4. Langdon Park Community School is an average-sized 11-18 secondary school. The proportion of pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities is higher than average, as is the proportion of pupils in receipt of an education, health and care plan.


Poplar is well connected with the DLR providing easy access to Westferry, East India, Langdon Park and Canary Wharf. The introduction of the Crossrail in 2018 will improve the transport links even further, providing 39 minute journeys to Heathrow.

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