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Limehouse London Guide

27 July 2020 Simon Banks Read time: 2 min
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Simon Banks

A riverside neighbourhood with bags of charm, Limehouse oozes maritime vibes and is becoming an increasingly popular place to live. It's also one of the gateways to Canary Wharf and enjoys close links to the City, making it the ideal spot for renters working in the financial sector.

With lower rental prices than both the City and Canary Wharf, it's proving to be a more affordable option too. But it's not just money-saving benefits that will see you enjoying Limehouse. There's a lot of fun stuff to unpack in this East London enclave.

In our latest London guide, we're bringing you the lowdown on everything Limehouse. From the area's history to places to eat and things to do, here's everything you need to know about the E14 postcode of Limehouse.

On a map

Limehouse Google Map

Limehouse is located in East London and falls under the district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Neighbouring areas include Canary Wharf, Wapping, and Stepney Green. It's just under four miles to Charing Cross. 

History of Limehouse

Like neighbouring Wapping, Limehouse traditions are steeped in riverside history. In medieval times, the area became a significant port and featured extensive docks and wharves.

Industries like shipbuilding, ship chandlering and rope making were all primary trades in Limehouse. In 1820, Limehouse Basin opened and was a vital connection between the River Thames and the canal system.

However, by the 1960s, the basin was one of the first to close, and Limehouse suffered the same pitfalls as many other neighbourhoods in the area. Subsequently, the London Docklands Development Corporation was born and along came the regeneration of the Docklands.

Who lives there?

Limehouse has a population of just over 28,000 and a median age of 33. More than three-quarters of residents rent their home, many of whom are professionals working in the City and Canary Wharf.

Renting in Limehouse

Limehouse property

There is a good mix of houses in Limehouse, from scenic period properties to conversions. You will find lots of Georgian houses, Victorian cottages and warehouse conversions that add to the area's maritime feel.

Expect to pay around £1,450 for a one-bedroom apartment in Limehouse, £1,800 for a two-bedroom property and £2,300 for a three-bedroom home. Larger houses with four or more bedrooms tend to market for around £2,600.

Limehouse transport

Limehouse DLR

Limehouse features a Docklands London Railway (DLR) line and is located halfway between Canary Wharf and Bank, with services to both taking three minutes and five minutes respectively. Limehouse is located in Zone 2.

Limehouse eateries

The Narrow

The Narrow

A famous Limehouse spot, The Narrow is a Gordon Ramsay-owned gastropub with panoramic views over the River Thames. Expect great food and sweeping views, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to peer out over the Thames.

La Figa Restaurant

Located in a colourful mosaic square in Limehouse, La Figa Restaurant provides a little taste of Italy. Tuck into authentic Italian cuisine and drink it down with an array of drinks and cocktails.

Area 51 Limehouse

Food at Area 51 Limehouse

A Tex-Mex spot and sports bar, Area 51 Limehouse serves up Mexican-inspired dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Grab a snack, watch the latest game and enjoy a few cocktails during happy hour at Area 51 Limehouse.

Things to do in Limehouse


As an art-deco, Grade II listed music venue, Troxy offers the creative vibes in Limehouse. This former cinema is a leading venue that hosts everything from musical acts to weddings.

Stepney Green Farm

Stepney Green Farm

Escape from the big-city vibes and embrace the rural life at Stepney Green Farm. Make a few furry friends in the form of goats, sheep, donkeys and more on this three-acre farm.

Ropemakers Fields

Get back to nature at Ropemakers Fields, a scenic open space near Limehouse Basin. Enjoy a peaceful stroll amongst relaxing greens, stop off at the bandstand, or attend one of the fitness classes that take place in the fields.

Moving to Limehouse

A combination of waterside settings and a vibrant East London atmosphere makes Limehouse a unique option. And with great travel connections, charming homes and lower rents than neighbouring areas, it's no surprise to see the area cementing itself as an East London hotspot.


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