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PostCode District E3
Borough London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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Bow is an area in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in East London.

Bow's focus point is Bow Road, and contains notable icons including the Bow Church, and Bow Bus Garage.


It was a outer suburb of the metropolitan area of London until 1965 when it was reformed and expanded, it is built-up and mostly residential, and 4.6 miles (7.4 km) east of Charing Cross.

It is first recorded as a settlement in 1177 and was formerly part of Stratford, and "Bow" is an abbreviation of the medieval name Stratford-at-Bow, in which "Bow" refers to the bowed bridge built here in the early 12th century. Bow is adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and a section of the district is part of the park.


Roman Road Community Land Trust is an initiative that seeks to protect the diverse community by providing truly affordable housing and aims to create an alternative solution for residents who are being forced out of the area due to increased property prices.[1]

Roman Road LDN is a hyperlocal magazine covering Bow as well as Old Ford, Mile End and Bethnal Green and launched as a full-time publication in 2018. In 2019 the magazine had 2,500 subscribers, 10,000 followers on social media, and nearly 100,000 unique readers a year.[2]

The Bow Arts Trust operates a Low Cost Accommodation scheme throughout the area. This provides housing for artists who have an interest in community work to have an affordable working space.[3]

Ability Bow is a specialised gym for those with disabilities or long-term health conditions and offers one-to-one exercise sessions, it has specialist gym equipment with tailored fitness programmes for each member.[4]


Bow is served by London Buses, including route 8, 25, 205 to Central London, and also routes 108, 276, 425, 488, D6, D8 and night routes N8, N25 and N205.

The Wikipedia page is [1]

  1. Roman Road Community Land Trust (20 June 2018).
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  3. Bow Arts.
  4. Getting a health kick at Ability Bow Open Day (11 October 2018).