Manor House is not going to get any awards as the best place to live in London. But if you're short on money, it's a place where you can still find a good deal. The flip side is that many of the apartments are rundown and in need of some elbow grease. There are some shops and restaurants and there are some parts of Manor House that are better than others; you’ll just have to be very careful about where you choose. You should be extra cautious when walking around at night.
The City: 4.5 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 7.1 miles / 30-50 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit
Southwark: 6.2 miles / 30-55 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit / 30-35 minutes by bike
Westminster: 6.8 miles / 30-70 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 3.4 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 30-35 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike