Last summer we told you all about the beautiful stretch of riverside that’s now home to a brand new town. Located right on the banks of the River Thames, Barking Riverside has recently launched its latest apartments, a range of unique contemporary rental homes.
Ideal for those seeking a community-spirited neighbourhood with swift links into central London, L&Q homes at Barking Riverside offer value for money in the capital, with one bedroom apartments starting from just £1,200 per month. Need convincing? Here are four reasons why you should take a closer look at London’s most underrated stretch of river.
1. Brilliant transport on the doorstep
You’ll have seen the shiny new Overground Station that connects Barking Riverside to Leyton and Leytonstone, and further west to North London (heck, it even takes you to glorious Hampstead Heath). This is part of a brand new transport hub offering a range of commuting options across the capital – ideal for both work and play. From Barking Riverside Overground, residents can travel into Central London in just 22 minutes, and Barking in just seven minutes, from which the Hammersmith and City line, District line, and the C2C services all run.
If travelling by boat is more your style – and why wouldn’t it be? – the Uber Boat by Thames Clipper Pier route connects Barking Riverside to Woolwich in just 9 minutes, running every 20-30 minutes during scheduled hours. Residents can also reach London hotspots in no time, from the likes of the O2 in 20 minutes and London Bridge’s Borough Market in under an hour. Pretty amazing, eh? And no tubes needed.
2. Community café, pop-ups & workshops
A short walk from L&Q’s new private rental homes is The Wilds, an ecology, community and events space which is also home to community-run artisan café Grounded, where you can enjoy brunch dishes (from avocado on sourdough to halloumi wraps) as well as sweet treats and ethically sourced coffee. There are also hot-desking spaces, perfect for young professionals seeking an alternative to working from home. Ideal for growing families, five out of seven planned schools are already open, with the Riverside Campus Secondary School recently receiving an Outstanding Ofsted rating.
The simple aim is to connect members of the community, and so The Wilds hosts regular events throughout the year, from Supper Clubs to flower workshops to pop-up art installations – and residents are encouraged to get involved in the organising.
3. Contemporary city apartments
Homes at Barking Riverside bring modern, flexible living spaces to an up-and-coming destination. All L&Q’s homes feature spacious open-plan kitchen/dining areas, with contemporary kitchens which make for the ultimate entertaining zone. Sizable bedrooms benefit from large windows, which fill the rooms with natural light. The principal bedrooms have ensuites and all bathrooms are fitted with modern white sanitaryware and chrome fixtures. A must-have for modern living, every home has a private balcony or terrace, and the developments are all pet-friendly too. Removing the hassle of purchasing furniture, renters can opt for bespoke furniture packages, available at additional monthly cost. Parking spaces are also available on select apartments.
4. Riverside routes: a Healthy New Town
For those eager to keep active, a network of new cycle and walking routes run throughout the development, with bike storage facilities to each home. Residents also enjoy a host of green spaces on-site, including playparks, riverside walkways and that awesome 2km of River Thames frontage: look at how stunning it is, below. Plus, plans are already underway for a new Wellbeing Hub, due to be completed in 2024, honouring Barking Riverside’s status as London’s only ‘Healthy New Town’.
Appealing to eco-conscious renters in the capital, Barking Riverside is home to the largest Envac system in Europe, providing a new sustainable and automated waste collection system, promoting a clean and pleasant living environment.
Further reading: find out more about Barking Riverside in our previous seasonal articles last year here and here.
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