Limehouse an established riverside area

The Grapes Public House, Narrow Street, Limehouse E14

Limehouse, a riverside area

Limehouse is an established riverside area of East London occupying an enviable position within close-proximity of both the City and Canary Wharf. Properties available for sale and to rent in Limehouse move very quickly and our office in Canary Wharf is perfectly located to manage this and the surrounding areas. Due to the ongoing and understandable popularity of the locality, we find ourselves in need of a regular supply of new properties to keep up with demand.

There are many legends and stories of where the name Limehouse came from. The most probable however is that the name originated from the lime kilns, used by local potteries to supply shipping companies in the East End docks. Limehouse was also recognized as a large and significant port and by the time of Queen Elizabeth I, it had become one of London’s leading trade centers.

Limehouse Basin is one of the most familiar landmarks in the area and was originally known as Regent’s Canal Dock. The basin connected the Thames and London canal system, allowing cargoes to be moved within London and further afield using smaller vessels. As with many other parts of London and Docklands the area’s prosperity was affected by the massive expansion of London’s rail network, the commercial docks themselves closed in the 60’s.

Until the regeneration by London Docklands Development Corporation in the 80’s the docks remained relatively unoccupied. Today, Limehouse is served by a National Rail and connected Docklands Light Railway Station, journey plans are straightforward to make. The Limehouse Link road opened easier road access to the West End and wider London. There are also multiple bus services operating in and around the Limehouse area.

When in Limehouse, it is definitely worth visiting Narrow Street which is typical of the surviving early Georgian terraces across the city. It represents the earliest housing of this type in the area and remains popular with buyers and tenants seeking period homes. The genesis of Narrow Street’s name likely hails from the proximity of the now demolished buildings which stood only a few meters apart from either side of the street.

Undoubtedly, one of the stars of the area is The Grapes’ Public House which is co-owned by film star, Sir Ian McKellen CH CBE. This popular pub’s history dates back over 500 years and the building forms the end of a terrace of Georgian properties. It is a perfect place for a quick lunch or a romantic dinner by the river. Charles Dickens used to be a regular guest of The Grapes and Francis Drake, set off on one of his voyages to the New World from a spot close to the pub.

Sir Ian McKellen has written a brief history of the Grapes which can be read here, the area is also mentioned by Oscar Wilde in the philosophical novel “Dorian Gray”. During the aforementioned 80’s revival of Docklands by LDDC, Limehouse saw many changes and a selection of riverside wharves were converted to smart residential developments. Developments new and old populate the area, they include Dunbar Wharf, Old Sun Wharf, Victoria Wharf and the Mosaic Development to name just a few.

Some have river frontage, others overlook the ever popular Limehouse Basin Marina and its moorings. This working marina is a joy to explore, it joins the River Lee via the Limehouse Cut, the Regents Canal and the River Thames. Limehouse is an area of special architectural and historic interest, a leisurely walk through Narrow Street reveals some of the reasons why. Blessed with architectural charm, interesting history and river frontage it is easy to see why Limehouse and Narrow Street appeals to many vendors, landlords, buyers and tenants.

We have an enviable track record and have successfully marketed, sold and let many properties in Limehouse and Narrow Street. If you are thinking about selling your property in Limehouse please contact our office, our team are ready to organise your free valuation and market appraisal. Focus areas, market comment and landlord updates often a feature of our blog.

Written by Alex Neil Estate Agents


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