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Hidden Gems of the East End

Our residence in Poplar is in the heart of London’s original East End and Docklands which means our tenants at Fizzy Poplar have access to several cultural attractions across the local area.

A hotspot for some of London’s lesser known historical wonders, Fizzy Poplar is very accessible and is one of East London’s most up-and-coming districts! Its unique array of attractions and foodie havens will certainly not disappoint.

Here are our recommendations for some of the East End’s hidden gems close to Fizzy Poplar and Canning Town:

Chrisp Street Market

Chrisp Street Market is an integral hub for the local community and can be found in the heart of Poplar, barely a stone’s throw from Fizzy. Here’s a fun fact for you; it is the site of the UK’s oldest purpose-built market and is even a conservation area! Described as an ‘oasis of authentic London culture’ with a strong identity, the market is home to a diverse range of independent retailers selling everything you need, including the must-try ‘Eastenders’ pie and mash! On the final Friday of each month, it also hosts ‘Bite’, a colourful street food market that is up there with those of Tooting Broadway and Brick Lane.

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Located by Bow Creek on the Leamouth Peninsula is the site of London’s only lighthouse, built in 1864 to test the Trinity Corporation’s lights around England and Wales. It also holds the distinction of having been used by electricity pioneer Michael Faraday in some of his later experiments! In 1998 the site was redeveloped, and modern new facilities were created including studios and a cavernous exhibition space. The site’s diversity has been demonstrated time and again, the venue has played host to some of the East End’s edgiest art exhibitions and fabulous music events, it has even featured in the James Bond film The World is Not Enough. Coming up in August, the Trinity Buoy Wharf will be hosting a fantastic jazz night, so, for those Sinatra lovers this is a must see!

The Ragged School Museum

Located in the Borough of Tower Hamlets, less than a kilometre from Fizzy Poplar, is the Ragged School Museum. Incensed by the squalid conditions suffered by Eastenders, Dr Thomas Barnardo opened the Copperfield Road School there in 1877 with the specific aim of providing local children with a free, basic education. Today, it is one of the few places in London where you can experience life in a Victorian classroom first-hand! You can sit at the school desks under the watchful eye of a cane-wielding tutor, or even use the tin bath. Whatever you choose, it represents a fabulous family outing.

The Seafood School at Billingsgate

One of the tastier and more unusual attractions in Poplar is the Seafood School at Billingsgate, nestled in the shadow of Canary Wharf. Here, you can make a unique gift to your partner, friends, or family,  by indulging them with a sensational course in the art of preparing and cooking with seafood. What’s more, you will be working with the catch of the day, so your fish will be fresh from the sea!

Royal Docks Urban Beach, Docklands

This is London’s largest urban beach, and easily within reach of Fizzy Poplar. A summer speciality, the Docklands beach is returning this year to Royal Victoria Dock, opening to the public from July 17 to August 31. In full view of the Emirates Cable Car, the beach will feature a large paddling pool and for the first time since its opening in 2012, beach revellers will be able to actually swim in the docks! In addition, you will have a beach BBQ to look forward to every Sunday in August, while a giant projector will show classics such as Jumanji and Mrs Doubtfire every Saturday night.

If you would like to discover more about Fizzy Poplar or Canning Town and the exciting local area in East London contact our team here.  

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