Living in Canary Wharf
An iconic fixture of the London skyline and the majestically imposing headquarters of some the largest global financial institutions, Canary Wharf is also home to several of the capital's most prestigious residential developments and neighbourhoods. It also boasts a vibrant array of excellent restaurants, bars, shops and cultural venues, many of which enjoy prime waterside positions with fantastic views.
Did You Know:
- From its completion in 1990 until the opening of the Shard in 2012, One Canada Square held the record for the tallest building in the UK, standing at 770 ft. It is now the second tallest.
- Canary Wharf is still home to the largest Waitrose grocery store in the whole of the country.
- The redevelopment of Canary Wharf also meant the cleaning of the docks, which bought back many aquatic species, including plaice, flounder, bream, and even the famous Docklands seal (known locally as George!)
Architecture and property:
Although best known for its signature cluster of towering steel and chrome skyscrapers, the Canary Wharf area in fact boasts a diverse array of architectural styles and living options.
From modern riverside residential developments and spectacular luxury penthouses to Victorian terraces houses and open plan warehouse conversions that echo back to the docks industrial past, Canary Wharf’s housing market encompasses styles and settings for every taste, providing a multitude of choices for the prospective homeowner or tenant.
Who lives there:
Naturally the area is very popular with young professionals working in finance, however it also attracts a mix of young families, students and expats. There’s a thriving rental market throughout the area, however there is also a large proportion of owner-occupied properties.
Where to eat:
The Boisdale, situated in the heart of Canary Wharf’s financial district, is famed for its choice of over 3,000 whiskies as well as its delicious traditional British dishes. Two Michelin-star rated Tom’s Kitchen offers up classic French cuisine in a pleasantly relaxed setting, while the elegant One Canada Square restaurant boasts what is perhaps the finest bottomless brunch in the whole of London.
Where to drink:
If you prefer your cocktails served alongside breath-taking panoramic views of London, head up to the Attic on the 48th floor of the Pan Peninsula, where the opulent décor and impressive array of cocktails are enhanced tenfold by the awe-inspiring views. For more low-key socialising in a waterfront setting, the Corney & Barrow is the perfect spot for relaxed after-work drinks, while the Fine Line offers the best choice of ales in the area.
The Museum of London Docklands is well worth a visit if you’re hoping to gain an insight into the fascinating history of the area – it has a number of highly informative exhibitions, and even offers the opportunity to take a guided ‘ghost walk’ around the docklands in the evening. Cinemas in the area include a Cineworld multiplex at West India Quay and the Greenwich Picturehouse, while The Space on Westferry Road offers theatre, dance and creative writing workshops.
Sports & Leisure:
The Canary Riverside Health Club, run by Virgin Active, offers gym-goers stunning views down the River Thames as they make use of its state of the art equipment. For adrenalin junkies, Revolution Karting (famed as London’s fastest go-kart track) is just a short distance up the road towards Mile End, and the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre offers windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and powerboating.
Canary Wharf boasts over 120 stores across five shopping malls, ranging from designer boutiques to high street brands. The famous Billingsgate Fish Market is located in Poplar, as is the Chrisp Street market, which operates from Monday to Saturday.
Parks & Green Spaces:
Mudchute park and city farm constitutes an astonishing 32 acres of countryside nestled in the heart of East London, less than a mile from the towers of Canary Wharf. A popular destination for families, it hosts a range of activities for all ages, including horse riding and animal encounter sessions.
Underground (London only):
The Jubilee Line serves Canary Wharf, enabling quick access into central London. The Elizabeth Line is also due to open with a station here in December 2018.
The whole of the Canary Wharf and Isle of Dogs area is served by the overground DLR, which has stations at Canary Wharf, West India Quay, Crossharbour, Heron Quays and Poplar.
The D3, D7 and D8 bus routes will all bring you directly into Canary Wharf from East London, while the 277 goes back and forth from Highbury & Islington. The N550 runs throughout the night, to and from Trafalgar Square. There are also regular river bus services between Canary Wharf Pier and Greenwichm as well as London Bridge, Chelsea Harbour, Vauxhall, Embankment and Blackfriars piers.
Canary Wharf is fantastically located for quick access into Central London via the Highway and Embankment, through to South London via the Blackwall Tunnel and into Essex out on the A13.
Canary Wharf College, situated on the East Ferry Road, takes in pupils from the ages of four to eighteen. Manorfield Primary and Bygrove Primary are both located in nearby poplar, and the Stephen Hawking School in Limehouse serves children with special educational needs.
Council & Tax Bands:
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Tower Hamlets Council tax rates:
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