Postcode district: E16
To both its east and its south, E16 is bordered by the Thames. The lower part of the western boundary is also made up by the Thames, before it approximately follows Manor Road north. To the north-west, E16 extends as far as Hermit Road and Grange Road. Its northern boundary is New Barn Street and Newham Way, before it joins Prince Regent Lane and then Royal Albert Way. The E16 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Beckton, Canning Town, Canning Town North, Canning Town South, Canning Town Station, Custom House, Custom House Station, Limehouse, London, Newham, North Woolwich Station, Plaistow, Plaistow South, Prince Regent Station, Royal Albert Station, Royal Docks, Royal Victoria Dock, Royal Victoria Station, Silvertown & City Airport Station, Whitechapel.
The area covered by E16, particularly Canning Town, remained largely uninhabited until the nineteenth century. However, as with many of London’s suburbs, industrialisation and the coming of the railways signified a complete change of character for the area of E16. A number of factories were established along the banks of the River Lea, taking advantage of relaxed planning laws in the area and the new transport links. Workers migrated to the area and the population grew. The area was, however, known for housing rather unpleasant and unhealthy industries, such as making varnish and caustic soda.
The area around Canning Town has not yet experienced the private investment and gentrification experienced by much of the rest of the docklands area, particularly that around Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs. However, it is included in the Thames Gateway area, and as a result is due to undergo a significant amount of regeneration and development, including 500,000 metres of new floor space in the town centre, improvements to services and facilities such as schools, a library and a health centre and the building of 8,000 new homes (to replace 1,650 being demolished). There has been some private development in the area already, particularly in the form of exclusive riverside developments. These are also the most expensive in many cases. For example, a three bed penthouse apartment in Wards Wharf Approach, with a roof terrace, may cost up to £1.5 million, whilst the newly built W Warehouse has apartments priced from £1.1 million. Barrier Point Road, Armada Way and Western Gateway also have some desirable modern apartments. These apartments are popular amongst young executives, such as those working in Canary Wharf. Those looking for a family home, may choose to search around Bargehouse Road, where there are some terraced homes with gardens. Other family accommodation options are available further inland, particularly in the patch of E16 surrounding Newham Way. Addington Road and Varley Road both have period terraced homes, with four bedrooms, that reach asking prices of between £250,000 and £350,000. Fulmer Road, located further west, has a number of more recently built semi-detached properties for asking prices of around £300,000.