Poplar has a high violent crime rate and an above average property crime rate for London.
Located in East London, Poplar is one of those neighborhoods that is perennially being "improved" by the grand schemes of politicians looking to make a name. This has been a traditionally working class community, home to the dock workers who serviced the ships loading and unloading nearby.
That being said, Poplar is very slowly gentrifying. Most of the housing here are former council estates, which are affordable. But the latest development projects have built high end apartments and condos.
This has attracted professionals working in Canary Wharf of the City. There's also a big population of students since Tower Hamlets College has its largest campus here. And a start-up workspace has brought web and technology companies and their employees.
There are a few solid restaurants and pubs here and charming Chrisp Street Market has stalls selling homewares, produce, and clothing. There’s also a fantastic library that has weekly events for adults and children.
Poplar is well connected to the rest of the city via the Blackwall Tunnel and a train station.
The City: 5.3 miles / 25-45 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 2 miles / 5-15 minutes by car / 15 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by foot / 10 minutes by bike
Southwark: 5.4 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 35 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike
Westminster: 7.5 miles / 30-60 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit
Shoreditch: 5.8 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 45 minutes by transit / 30 minutes by bike