Hovering in between Whitechapel, Limehouse and Wapping sits Stepney – an often-overlooked but definitely up and coming pocket of East London. So, shush…don't tell anyone; Stepney is the perfect blend of urban/suburban living and gives you more value for money than its already regenerated neighbours.
As a mainly residential area, Stepney offers the advantage of plenty of green spaces (plus an amazing city farm), period conversions, new build homes, excellent schools and an award-winning regenerated housing estate – all within ten minutes of the financial hub of the city and a bus ride from the creative vibes of Shoreditch and Hoxton.
History wasn’t kind to this old East End district, with most of the buildings experiencing extensive damage in the Second World War’s Blitz. The last few years have seen some much-needed attention paid to post-war housing, with the regeneration of Ocean Estate heralded as one of the most successful projects of its kind – winning multiple awards.
With Queen Mary University within walking distance and the city such a short commute away, lots of students and young professionals choose to live in Stepney, so there is a strong rental market throughout this small area.
Quieter than its neighbours, Stepney has a lot to offer home buyers and renters alike.
Stepney Green Underground Station: City 11 minutes approximately. West End 20 minutes approximately. Stratford 7 minutes approximately.
There are also a number of well-connected bus routes and Santander docking stations.
Going Out Out:
Troxy: An art deco lover’s heaven, Troxy is the top spot for music, club nights, comedy and live entertainment in Stepney. Entertaining the masses since 1932, this venue has welcomed acts such as London Grammar, Nick Cave and Robbie Williams. As a Grade II listed building, it’s definitely worth a visit.
Tickle Your Tastebuds:
Sweet: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then quite frankly, you’re in trouble. This dessert cafe is smack bang next to Stepney Green Underground station – so there’s no avoiding it’s sugary goodness. Desserts, milkshakes, coffee and more than 30 flavours of gelato – Sweet is best avoided if you’re on a diet!
Wild and free:
Stepney City Farm: Built on a neglected bombsite in the 1970s, this urban oasis is three acres of fun, fur and animal cuteness. We love this working farm for a day out with kids, for lunch at the award-winning on-site café, or for a relaxed stroll. Keeping city kids in touch with nature is a great cause in itself, whilst the Rural Arts Centre showcases trades and crafts that are being used less and less. Genuinely a lovely place to while away a summer’s day.
Shandy Park, Stepney Green Park and Mile End Park
St Dunstan’s: This beautiful church has been part of the Stepney backdrop for over 1,000 years with its foundation dating back to the 10th Century. Whether you’re visiting for some quiet reflection or out of historical interest, this is the “mother church of London's East End”.
Shop till you drop:
Farmers’ Market (every Saturday 10am to 3pm): Not only is Stepney Green Farm a great place to visit, it’s also home to a thriving market offering fresh local produce such as fruit, vegetables, cheeses, oils and cakes. Rural artists who work at the farm’s art centre also set up stalls selling textiles, pottery and hand carvings. Bag a bargain and enjoy some organic treats.