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Balfron TowerCommissioned by London County Council, Balfron Tower, was designed by Erno Goldfinger as "a beacon of social housing in 1968" (The Guardian). This 27 storey tower, known during development as Rowlett Street Phase 1, welcomed its first residents in February 1968 and Goldfinger and his wife Ursula also moved in to flat 130 as part of an exercise in research and publicity. The press response was largely favourable, though one dispute was played out in the letters page of the Guardian, where Goldfinger was accused of taking part in a shallow exercise of little sociological merit. Goldfinger however promoted a sense of community by throwing parties at his flat where a whole access galley would be invited at a time. In 2014, forty six years after it was first occupied Balfron Tower's residents have been moved out to make way for its refurbishment as the iconic tower moves upmarket. But before its closure, Bow Arts Trust curates a month-long programme of arts and culture to celebrate the life of the building and the people who have lived there. Events include a pop-up by Wayne Hemmingway and his daughter Tilly who have redesigned No 130, where Goldfinger and his wife Ursula lived, in 1968 style, viewable from 1st to 12th October 2014.

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Radisson Blu Edwardian New Providence Wharf
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel from 79 36% off
5 Fairmont Avenue, E14 | 11 minutes from Balfron Tower
Stylish hotel with a relaxed, boutique atmosphere. Guests enjoy free high-speed WiFi on unlimited devices, spacious rooms and a tranquil spa. Riverside restaurant Scoff and Banter ... More
Holiday Inn Express Royal Docks Docklands
London > Hotels > Budget Chain Hotel from 49 24% off
Silvertown Way, E16 | 16 minutes from Balfron Tower
The shimmering business parks of the Docklands are a tribute to the spirit of modernity, and this clean, efficient hotel, with air conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout ... More
InterContinental London - The O2
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel from 111 26% off
1 Waterview Drive, SE10 | 16 minutes from Balfron Tower
InterContinental London The O2 is the closest hotel to the domed entertainment venue, making it the ideal spot to stay for those visiting concerts and events. ... More
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The Old Town Hall, Stratford
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
29 Broadway, E15 | 2 miles from Balfron Tower
Once described as the 'finest building in Essex', the Grade II listed Old Town Hall in Stratford has been restored to full Victorian splendour with particular ... More
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The House Mill
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Three Mill Lane, E3 | 18 minutes from Balfron Tower
The Grade II listed House Mill is the largest and most powerful of the four remaining tidal mills in Britain. The brick clad, five storey building, ... More
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Swan Wharf
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
60 Dace Road, E3 | 34 minutes from Balfron Tower
Combining artist studios, woodworking and metalworking workshops, tech offices, gallery and exhibition spaces, Swan Wharf features an indoor event space, collaborative ... More
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London > Attractions > Sights
Cody Dock, 11c South Crescent, E16 | 11 minutes from Balfron Tower
London's first dedicated modern contemporary art walk, The Line brings together works by artists such as Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Gary Hume, Abigail Fallis and Martin ... More
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Hopewell Square
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E14 | 13 minutes from Balfron Tower
Public square within City Island in east London, home to English National Ballet and English National Ballet School.... More
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London City Island
London > Attractions > Other Attractions
Wharfside Road, Leamouth Peninsula, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 13 minutes from Balfron Tower
Taking up 12 acres, London City Island is a neighbourhood in East London, a 'mini Manhattan' with a red bridge linking the island to ... More
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Everyman Canary Wharf
London > Entertainment > Cinemas
Crossrail Place Level 2, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 15 minutes from Balfron Tower
The Everyman Cinema on level 2 of Crossrail Place - the brand's fifth cinema in the capital - sits within the six storey Canary Wharf Crossrail ... More
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Spiegeltent at Canary Wharf
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Canada Square Park, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 15 minutes from Balfron Tower
The Spiegeltent at Canary Wharf comes to Canada Square Park in September for 11 days of comedy, music, kids activities, dance, cabaret, acrobatics and kids theatre. ... More
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The O2 Arena
London > Entertainment > Live Music
Peninsula Square, SE10 | 19 minutes from Balfron Tower
The centrepiece of the redeveloped Millennium Dome is the O2 Arena, the first purpose-built music venue in London. With a capacity of 23,000, it offers the ... More
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Chrisp Street Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Market Square, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 5 minutes from Balfron Tower
A pedestrian shopping area featuring over 80 stalls and food outlets, Chrisp Street Market was designed by Frederick Gibberd as part of urban redevelopment after the ... More
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Billingsgate Market
London > Shopping > Markets
Trafalgar Way, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 10 minutes from Balfron Tower
Originally a general market for corn, coal, iron, wine, salt, pottery, fish and other goods, Billingsgate is now the only London-based market dedicated to fish. From ... More
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The Grocer, London City Island
London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
London City Island, E14 | 13 minutes from Balfron Tower
A one-stop-shop combining espresso bar, deli restaurant and grocery store, The Grocer gives London City Island residents a place to eat, enjoy morning coffee and pick ... More
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Super Three Chinese Restaurant
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
207 - 209 East India Dock Road, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 4 minutes from Balfron Tower
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Il Bianco
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1 Michigan Building, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 10 minutes from Balfron Tower
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Rocket Canary Wharf
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2 Churchill Place, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 12 minutes from Balfron Tower
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University of Greenwich
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Maritime Greenwich University Campus, Park Row, SE10 | 2 miles from Balfron Tower
The main University of Greenwich campus boasts a picturesque setting on a World Heritage Site on the banks of the River Thames within three baroque buildings ... More
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Four Corners
London > Education > Adult Education
121 Roman Road, Tower Hamlets, London E2 | 2 miles from Balfron Tower
For 30 years Four Corners has been training, producing and supporting the full range of film and photographic requirements. Services on offer include filmmaking facilities and ... More
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English National Ballet
London > Education > Adult Education
41 Hopewell Square City Island, South Kensington, London E14 | 13 minutes from Balfron Tower
The English National Ballet, founded by Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin in 1950, moved into its current purpose-built East London home on ... More
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The Paintball Centre
London > Leisure > Activities
Unit 4, Wood Wharf, Preston Road, Canary Wharf, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 14 minutes from Balfron Tower
This fab game emerged in 1980 and has taken the world by storm. Popular with adrenalin junkies, paintballing is an action-packed, mission-driven past-time that is ... More
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HotTugs West India Quay
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E14 | 14 minutes from Balfron Tower
Taking the hot tub to the next level, HotTugs puts the humble hot tub on water. Yes, that's right, you'll be floating ... More
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Crossrail Place Roof Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
West India Quay, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 15 minutes from Balfron Tower
With its semi open-air timber lattice roof the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on top of the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf provides a welcoming public space, ... More
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The Gun
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
27 Coldharbour, Docklands, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 15 minutes from Balfron Tower
This 250-year-old pub was a sailor's favourite, home to smugglers and site of secret trysts between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton. Closed down by ... More
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The Narrow
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
44 Narrow Street, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 25 minutes from Balfron Tower
Having been such a huge influence on British gastropub fare, it was only a matter of time before Gordon Ramsay opened one himself. As is so ... More
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Morgan Arms
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
43 Morgan Street, Tower Hamlets, London E3 | 28 minutes from Balfron Tower
Yet another conversion of a grimy and atmospheric East end boozer into a gastropub, but in this case it's been done so well that it's hard ... More
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G&Tea Lounge, London Marriott West India Quay
London > Nightlife > Bars
22 Hertsmere Road, E14 | 13 minutes from Balfron Tower
Located in London Marriott West India Quay, the G&Tea Lounge specialises in two of Britain's favourite tipples - gin and tea. Handsomely decorated with dark wood, ... More
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Davy's Wine Bar
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
31 Fisherman's Walk, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 15 minutes from Balfron Tower
At ground floor level on Fisherman’s Walk at Canary Wharf, tables, chairs and merry-makers spill out of doors on to the riverside during the summer months. ... More
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Vagabond Canary Wharf
London > Nightlife > Wine Bars
25 Cabot Square, E14 | 16 minutes from Balfron Tower
A self-serve wine bar, Vagabond first started in Fulham in 2010 and has since gone ... More
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Museum of London Docklands
London > Business > Venue Hire
No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, Tower Hamlets, London E14 | 15 minutes from Balfron Tower
In keeping with its waterside location, the Museum of London Docklands focuses on the history of the East End with particular emphasis on the River Thames ... More
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The O2
London > Business > Venue Hire
Peninsula Square, SE10 | 19 minutes from Balfron Tower
The second most embarrassing legacy of Tony Blair's time in government struggled for years to find a role after the millennium show shut up shop. It's ... More
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ExCeL London
London > Business > Venue Hire
Royal Victoria Dock, E16 | 33 minutes from Balfron Tower
A stunning architectural achievement, gigantic amounts of floor space accompanied by shops, bars and hotels, London’s purpose built exhibition centre, opened in 2000, is an exciting ... More
 
 

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