The historic east-end neighbourhood of Bow, and the surrounding area, has undergone a huge regeneration in recent years. This includes Three Mills Island, connected to the east of Bow, on the River Lea. Surrounded by waterways and green spaces, Bow and Three Mills’ enviable location provides easy access to areas of ecological wilderness, within a bustling city location. Locally a diversity of shops, cafes and pubs cater for all tastes and give residents ample excuse for a stroll, whilst the 2012 Olympics have left a legacy of world class sports and recreation facilities on the doorstep. Pedestrianised shopping streets and a borough wide 20 mph speed restriction keep traffic to a minimum, whilst filtered residential streets discourage people in cars from using the area as a rat-run, making sure walkers in Bow and Three Mills are given priority.
Bow and Three Mills was shortlisted because it felt like a bit of a hidden gem / oasis, with waterways and lots to do and see, including markets and pocket parks. It is a multicultural neighbourhood, with brilliant public transport connections. The recent development of Three Mills has been designed with walkers in mind and has added new homes and businesses on the doorstep of the River Lea.
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