E3 (Tower Hamlets) area guide

Tower Hamlets
To the east, Bow is roughly demarcated by the A12, which is also known as the East Cross Route and the Blackwall Tunnel Northern Approach. Its southern boundary roughly follows Devas Street, Devons Road and St Pauls Way before following Burdett Road as the western boundary. Victoria Park acts at the northern boundary.

The E3 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Bow Church Station, Bow East, Bow Road Station, Bow West, Bromley By Bow Station, Bromley-by-Bow, Canning Town North, Devons Row Station, East India and Lansbury, London, Mile End East, Mile End Station, Newham, St Dunstan’s and Stepney Green, Stratford and New Town, Tower Hamlets.
Legend has it that Bow took its name from an occasion in 1110, when the wife of Henry I, Matilda, fell into the river whilst crossing the ford. Subsequently, she demanded a bridge be built, and this was done so in the shape of a bow. In medieval times, Bow was part of the parish of Stepney; however it was often cut off from Stepney by flooding. Because of this they were able to build a chapel of ease, in which residents could worship and in 1719 it became an independent parish. Today Bow is considered an area in its own right.

Bow’s location allowed it to be used for those trades that were not considered hygienic enough to be based in the city of London itself. During the seventeenth century it grew as the centre for slaughter and butchery, in preparation for the city market. This led to the production of porcelain, when Frye and Heylyn discovered their clay and cattle bones mix. Bow Porcelain then began, with Bow China Works employing over 300 workers, until the end of the eighteenth century, when the factory was transferred north.
The centre of Bow is considered to be the church of St. Mary. South of the centre, there is a significant amount of post-war housing.
Bow is located just north of the docklands and east of London Proper. This central location brings with it countless transportation opportunities. First of all, there are three underground stations. The first, Bow Road, is located directly in the centre of Bow and caters to the Hammersmith & City Line. The second, Mile End, is located on the western edge of Bow and runs on the Hammersmith & City, Central and District lines. The third, Bromley-by-Bow, is located on the eastern border of E3 and caters to the Hammersmith & City and District lines. In addition to the three underground stations, there is also a DLR (Docklands Light Rail) station called Bow Church Station which caters to the docklands and the surrounding area.

Bow has lots of pubs and bars. As they tend to be, the bars in the area are not worth naming as they are all relatively similar. Instead, the good pubs will be mentioned. The Albert, on St Stephens Road, the Bow Bells, on the Bow Road, the Coburn Arms, on Coborn Road, the Kings Arms, on Bow Road, and the Matchmakers, on the Roman Road are just a few of the many pubs in the area.

The main shopping streets in the area are Roman Road, The Bow Road, and Bromley High Street. One can find anything they need on these three streets.