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Limehouse Property Guide

Limehouse is very different now from what it used to be. Located in the Borough of Tower Hamlets, Limehouse was always interlinked with the sea, as a thriving docklands community of the good and the bad making money there in imaginative ways and when the docks closed in the late 1960’s the area suffered. With the rise of Canary Wharf came the chance of resurrection and within 20 years Limehouse was transformed into a posh territory of riverside homes for bankers and City workers.

Due to its convenient location between the City and Canary Wharf, the majority of Limehouse’s residents reside here because it suits the long working hours of the financial world. Limehouse apartments combine the eclectic luxury with outstanding views over the Docklands and central London landscapes.

Shopping and Culture

Limehouse has a great variety of shops and restaurants. A farmers’ market is held every Saturday morning at Stepney City Farm in Stepney Way and if locals fancy a day of retail therapy they can head over to Canary Wharf. The area also has two famous riverside pubs, both located on Narrow Street; the historic Grapes and the Narrow gastropub, which is owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

The Half Moon theatre on White Horse Road is a leading children’s and young people’s theatre and for something more upbeat head to Troxy on Commercial Road, an art deco gem and former cinema which has been transformed into a leading venue hosting everything from weddings to music concerts.

Open Space

Ropemakers Field is a pretty landscaped park between Limehouse Basin and Narrow Street. Mile End Park is a linear park which stretches from Southwater Close in Limehouse to Victoria Park and has an ecology park, arts centre, café, athletics track, skate park, climbing wall and go kart track. There are walks along the Limehouse Cut and Limehouse Canal and the Thames Path passes through Limehouse, although sadly not always on the waterfront.

Sport and Leisure

There are two council-owned swimming pools in Limehouse: St George’s Leisure Centre, equipped with diving boards, situated in the Highway in Wapping, and the Mile End Leisure Centre on Burdett Road. There is also the John Orwell sports centre, also located in the heart of Wapping, the centre has an external astro turf pitch for football and hockey. The centre is also home to a 4-court sports hall with floor markings for badminton, basketball and volleyball.

Primary and Secondary Education

1. Sir William Burrough Primary School in the Borough of Tower Hamlets is a mixed gender primary school for pupils aged 3-11, with an outstanding OFSTED report.

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. Swanlea School is a community secondary school for pupils aged 11-18, with approx. 1265 students enrolled. The school provides a daily breakfast club and a range of morning, lunchtime and afterschool clubs including support with homework, literacy, individual subjects and a range of sporting activities. There is also a very comprehensive provision for music.

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.

Transport

Limehouse is served by the DLR and is situated in Zone 2, halfway between Bank and Canary Wharf. There are also trains to Fenchurch Street.

Postcode

Limehouse is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets within the E14 postal district. It is in the Poplar and Limehouse parliamentary constituency.

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